Sharpening Your Tools – Practical Vocal Pedagogy and Rehabilitation

Sharpening Your Tools – Practical Vocal Pedagogy and Rehabilitation by The Singer’s Voice of Reason with Dr Ron Morris and Prof Dane Chalfin


Sat, 17 Feb 2018, 10:00 –
Sun, 18 Feb 2018, 17:00 GMT


RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music)
124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD

Two intensely practical advanced training days for singing/spoken voice teachers and SLTs working with performers.

This highly interactive course will explore exercises used in therapy, rehabilitation and teaching singers and other vocal performers. Participants will refine their existing skills and learn new tools based on our current understanding of anatomy, physiology, acoustics and the professional requirements of the performers we work with. Appication to classical singing, contemporary singng and spoken voice will be addressed throughout.
Day 1: Voice Therapy and Rehabilitation
Resting tension levels
Stretch and release of vocal tract tension
Accent Method breathing and support
Onset troubleshooting
Vocal fold vibratory patterns
Tongue, jaw and articulation
Day 2: Performance Voice
Warming up versus working out
SOVT exercises
Primal Sound in support and voice quality
Interpretation-led technical work
Advanced onset/offset: functional versus stylistic
Advanced resonance strategies
Tongue and jaw
Vowels and formant tuning
Performance articulation/diction
Dr Morris and Prof Chalfin will invite participants to engage with the exercises as a group. Individuals who are willing will also be given the opportunity to work one-to-one in front of the group for more bespoke troubleshooting that everyone can learn from.
Space is limited to 30 participants.
Early bird tickets (£245) are available until 23:30 17/01/18. Standard ticket (£295) sales end at 23:30 10/02/18.
Light refreshments will be provided but lunch is not included.
On-site parking is not available but there are several carparks near the venue. Anyone with mobility difficulties should contact the organiser.

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Cancellation policy
4 weeks or more = 90% refund
Between 1-4 weeks = 25% refund
From 1 week to the day of event = no refund (under any circumstances, including illness)

Dr Ron Morris, Speech Therapist, Audiologist and Classical Counter-Tenor, initially graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 with an Honours degree in Speech Therapy. Ron also holds a Performer’s Certificate from Trinity College London and in 2001 he completed a Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. As part of that degree Ron undertook additional vocal studies in London with Prof. Janice Chapman OAM as well as studying Accent Method Breathing with Ms Dinah Harris and Mrs Ingrid Rugheimer. Ron holds a PhD in music for a study examining the use of Accent Method Breathing with singers. Ron’s new book on Accent Method based on his PHD If In Doubt Breath Out was released in 2016 (Compton Publishing) and co-authored by Linda Hutchison, Singing Teacher and Vocal Rehabilitation Coach at the Lewisham Voice Clinic.
Ron is in demand both nationally and internationally as a speaker at conferences, workshops and summer schools having presented on numerous occasions for Classical Voice Training, British Voice Association, to the Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC), the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) and to the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) in the UK. Ron has been a guest tutor at the Aberystwyth Music Fest and Summer School as well as working with choristers from St Paul’s Cathedral London, Canterbury Cathedral and King’s College Cambridge. Ron also works annually within the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where his work is focussed on breathing, articulation and vocal pedagogy. He has recently obtained a Lectureship in Vocal Pedagogy and Health at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University.
Ron continues to sing regularly both as a member of St John’s Cathedral Choir (Brisbane) and the Opera Queensland Chorus. and as a soloist in oratorio, opera and sacred music. Recent engagements include the Durufle Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

Professor Dane Chalfin is a CCM Singing Teacher and Vocal Rehabilitation Coach working in both NHS and private practice in London, Manchester and internationally.
He is a past president (2015-16) and director of the British Voice Association. He is currently a vocal advisor to the Medical Committee of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) where he pioneered the creation of competencies for Vocal Rehabilitation Coaches working in multidisciplinary voice clinics in the UK. He is Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching and Rehabilitation at Leeds College of Music, where he was also Principal Lecturer of Artistry and Performance (2007-17). Other academic posts include teaching fellow in Pop Voice at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (2003-6), Senior Lecturer in Pop Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music (2008-10), and Lecturer in Voice at University of Salford (2001-03).
His ongoing research (2006-17) with University Hospital South Manchester into the endoscopic assessment of disordered singers and the laryngopharyngeal gestures of singing and Primal Sound now has over 400 subjects and may be one of the largest studies into the singing voice to date. He also contributed to the development of an endoscopic protocol for the assessment of singers in the voice clinic (Jones, Chalfin, Garrett 2006-17). This work has been presented internationally at numerous conerences for organisations including PEVOC, ANATS, AOTOS, BAPAM and the BVA.
Publications include chapters for TC-Helicon’s Ultimate Guide to Singing (2016), Bloomsbury’s The Singer-Songwriter Handbook (2017) and Compton’s 2nd edition of The Voice Clinic Handbook (2017). Clients include major recording artists, West End productions of Wind in the Willows, Rock of Ages, Sunny Afternoon, and Motown; and national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, The Producers, Shout!, and many others.