Archive for the ‘Voice’ Category

Research: Vocal Health Awareness in Singing Students and Teachers

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Dr Anneliese Sayes is a medical doctor and researcher at the Royal College of Music who is investigating the current knowledge levels of vocal anatomy, physiology and pathology in singing students (within the conservatoire and university systems) and singing teachers.

She is inviting participants to fill in a questionnaire (that should take around 10-15 minutes to complete). There is a separate questionnaire for students and teachers. Full information about the study, which has research ethics approval from Conservatoires UK, is also provided. The survey can be accessed online via the following links:

Vocal Awareness questionnaire for student singers

Vocal Awareness questionnaire for singing teachers

Event Report: BVA Rock & Pop Day, September 2015

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

BAPAM Clinician, Dr Shareen Chua, reports from the British Voice Association (BVA) Interactive Rock & Pop Day, London, 13th September 2015. 

A quiet Sunday morning on Chiswick High Street – one man on his morning run, a dog with a tennis ball in its mouth and a woman driving an empty double decker bus. Through the entrance of a pub, empty tables, a smiling bartender, but beyond its courtyard, a large chattering crowd was audible. Vocal coaches, singers, songwriters, voice specialist Speech and Language Therapists, instrumentalists, voice rehabilitation specialists, voice researchers, performance coaches and consultant laryngologists, amongst all present at this event organised by the BVA. Also in attendance from BAPAM were Dr Frances Carter, Dr Miranda Godfrey & I.

At the start of the programme, Canadian singer songwriter, Selena Evangeline  took to stage to demonstrate the range and variety of vocal effects available to a solo live performer, in her case using vocal audio equipment by TC-Helicon.

Kim Chandler (vocal coach & lecturer) got our vocal cords going by getting us to attempt various vocal onsets, characterising them and offering suggestions on alternative ways of achieving particular sounds and reducing glottal stops.

Hearing loss associated with onstage noise was thereafter explored by John Rubin (Consultant ENT Surgeon, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital). He spoke about various sound levels encountered within the music industry, covering a variety of sound monitors and hearing protection.

Two singers were subsequently brought on stage. In a live setting, Dane Chalfin, current President of the BVA, used song interpretation and emotion to offer them solutions that improved their technique and performance.

Tom Harris (Consultant Otolaryngologist) & Sara Harris (Speech and Language Therapist), no strangers to the realms of vocal health, engaged the audience in their talk about vocal nodules, with Sara Harris sharing several strategies and exercises that might be helpful in such an instance.

Applying the Primal Sound Model to an instantly familiar Pharrell Williams number, Craig Lees got everyone on our feet creating various vocal sounds, forming a Pop Choral group thus concluding the day’s programme – on a high note!

Although the BVA holds their Interactive Rock & Pop Day every two years, their Voice Clinics Forum will take place on Friday, 23 October 2015 at St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1. The October event will cover topics such as the role of Voice Clinics in the NHS, training in laryngology for ENT surgeons, training for singing teachers involved with Voice Clinics and a discussion of ongoing research & audit papers on the aspect of voice or voice care in the UK.

BAPAM and the BVA are actively exploring opportunities to collaborate on future projects. Suggestions are welcome!

Voice Clinics Forum 2015

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The British Voice Association‘s (BVA) forthcoming Voice Clinics Forum convenes on Friday, 23rd October at The Governor’s Hall, St Thomas’s Hospital, London.

Topics in planning include:

For those in training:
Preparing to run a voice clinic: current training trends in Laryngology for ENT surgeons
Preparing to be the Voice Clinic Speech and Language Therapist – what education and training do we need?
Developing a programme for singing teachers to work in the Voice Clinic

For current voice clinic staff:
Ensuring voice clinic survival in the modern NHS
The role of voice clinics in the NHS – a GP/commissioners view
Round table panel discussion
Voice analysis software reviewed: application in voice clinic and daily practice
Technology in the voice clinic: what is really useful?

Clinical  session: “One easy, one not so easy!”: a multidisciplinary case discussion panel

Please note: these topics may be subject to change

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BVA Rock and Pop Study Day

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The British Voice Association Rock and Pop Study Day takes place in London on Sunday 13th September. Training topics include alternative vocal onsets, technique through interpretation, the truth about nodules, ear protection and monitoring, rock and pop in a choral setting and using live performance technology. Participants will also be in for some fantastic performances and exclusive discounts from the exhibitors.

10:00 – 17:00

The George IV, Chiswick, London

For more details and to book your place take a look here: www.bvarockandpop.eventbrite.co.uk.

Registration will close on 06/09/15.

BVA Study Day – Management of the Young Voice

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Sunday, 5th July 2015
Baden Powell House, 65-67 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5JS

AGM: 9.30am – 10.15am
Study Day: 10.30am – 4.45pm

This study day from the British Voice Association will explore the management, training and therapy of the young voice. It will incorporate identifying problems, handling the changing voice and will look at potential routes to therapy where necessary. It will address issues for both female and male adolescent singers as well as children and will extend into the realms of hearing and speech therapy.

Full information and booking:
http://www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk/events.htm

Speakers Include:

Stuart Barr (chair of the panel) Conductor and Singing Coach
Lesley Cavalli Joint Head of Speech and Language Therapy Services Team Leader for SLT-ENT Related Services, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Nicola Gorb Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist ENT/Voice, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Ruth Hansford Author, BBC Noise Guides
Graham Welch Professor and Chair of Music Education at UCL Institute of Education
Jenevora Williams Singing Teacher
Emma Winscom Singer, Composer and Singing Teacher

 

Collaborative Working : BVA Study Day

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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Sunday, 25th January, 2015. Baden Powell House, Queen’s Gate, London. SW7 5JS

This study day, organised by the British Voice Association, looks at the value of collaborative working between professions. It is suitable for all those working in the field of voice.

Working Psychologically with Voice (10am – 1pm)
Peter Butcher B.A.(Hons), M.Psychol: Clinical Psychologist – Specialist in CBT
Annie Elias, MRCSLT: Speech and Language Therapist – Specialist in Voice

This session explores the value of collaborative working between clinical psychology and speech and language therapy in helping to understand and free the voice from underlying psychological stresses. The session will include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – a brief summary
  • Psychogenic Voice Disorder – what it means
  • The value of CBT in Voice Therapy
  • A model for joint working
  • Practical tips, case study and role play illustration of using CBT to help treat voice disorders, including with singers.

Whose Body Is It Anyway?

Sally Burgess, ARCM, FRCM, Mezzo, Teacher, Mentor, Director.
Fiona Bryan GGSM.Dip RAM.MSTAT, Musician, Alexander Teacher, Arranger, Artist

Sally Burgess (Singing Teacher) and Fiona Bryan (Alexander Teacher) began working together by chance 4 years ago. Although from very different backgrounds they discovered a common interest underpinning their teaching techniques – the importance and potential of mind-body awareness.

They decided to explore this more deeply via a series of workshops for singers combining their respective areas of expertise and were subsequently asked by “Live Music Now” to work with groups of wind and string players.

They are delighted to have this opportunity to share their experiences with you. They will describe in detail their collaborative teaching methods and put them into action with the aid of some (brave) singing volunteers.

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Recovering Voices: The Transition from ‘injured’ to ‘well’

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

British Voice Association AGM Study Day July 6th 2014

This study day will address what is meant by vocal injury, and how this affects professional voice users physically, professionally and emotionally. Leading representatives from the fields of Laryngology, Speech and Language Therapy, Singing Teaching/Voice Coaching and Performance Psychology will talk about their different roles in the rehabilitation process, how they determine and measure ‘injury’ and ‘recovery’ and how they communicate and work with clients to achieve a successful outcome.

Recovering Voices is suitable for Speech Therapists, Spoken Voice Teachers, Singing Teachers, Laryngologists and any others who work with developing or rehabilitating voices. It is also suitable for those who wish to have a deeper understanding of issues relating to voice recovery.

Speakers include:
Tori Burnay, (Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, London)
Declan Costello, (Consultant Otolaryngologist, Birmingham)
Phoebe Eley, (Student and Performer, Birmingham)
Gillyanne Kayes, (Singing Teacher, Author and Researcher, Presteigne and London)
Karen O’Connor, (Performance Coach, Birmingham)

This day will also include the British Voice Association Annual General Meeting and the presentation of research papers from the selected finalists competing for the Van Lawrence Prize. The Prize will be awarded at the end of the day.

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Please note: this event is not organised by BAPAM and we receive no income from it.

Study Days from the British Voice Association

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Forthcoming symposia from the British Voice Association, include My Tongue Goes Where? at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, a chance to hear Dr Ron Morris, (Speech and Language Therapist and Professional Countertenor), explore the anatomy and physiology of the articulators, how tongue tension and articulatory disorders can impact on speech and singing and practical techniques to deal with these difficulties. Saturday, 29th March 2014.

Recovering Voices: The Transition from ‘injured’ to ‘well’, on July 6th, addresses what is meant by vocal injury, and how this affects professional voice users physically, professionally and emotionally.

Further information and booking

And don’t forget World Voice Day, celebrated annually on 16th April. The idea began in Brazil and then spread to the USA. The idea is to celebrate healthy voices and highlight the importance of voice at work and in society. Find out more about World Voice Day.

 

BVA Course: Irritant Issues: Reflux, Allergy and the Voice

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

This event, organised by the British Voice Association, takes place in London on Sunday, 12th January, 2014 9.30am – 4.30pm.

A multidisciplinary study day suitable for all professionals working with the voice. Subjects to be addressed will include how reflux and allergies can affect the vocal tract and how they can be managed through medication and diet.

Speakers agreed at this time:

Dr Rehab Awad, Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Mr Tomm Coles, Nutritional Therapist, Paget & Coles Ltd, London
Dr Gavin Jarvis, Lecturer in Pharmacology, Selwyn College, Cambridge
Professor Stephen O’Hickey, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Professor National Pollen and Aerobiology Unit, Worcester University.

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BVA Roadshow at the Gathering Voices Festival of Song in Bristol

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The British Voice Association hit the road for a workshop on voice health, spoken voice and singing technique at the Festival Of Song, where over 90 choirs drawn from all over the west will perform.

The speakers are Mike Thomas, Consultant ENT at the Cheltenham General Hospital Voice Clinic, Alison Sutton, Singing Rehabilitation Coach at the same clinic, Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and Frith Trezevant, Singing Teacher with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

The workshop is on Saturday 12 October at Soundworks in Southville, Bristol, and runs from 10 – 4. Cost is £25 for the day. Lunch is not provided. Find out more here: http://www.festivalofsong.org.uk/workshops/