MA in Vocal Pedagogy
April 2109 | The Gattinetts, East Bergholt, Suffolk
This is a course designed for those already teaching who are looking to extend their knowledge and gain a university accredited postgraduate qualification. The programme will be awarded by University of Wales.
The aim of the process is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the vocal mechanism and how it relates to the teaching of singing. It is designed to enable anatomical information to be applied in a practical context within either the private studio or group setting. It seeks to empower teachers with both a thorough knowledge of vocal pedagogy as well as a set of practical tools that can be used to enhance teaching.
Previous students have included teachers from senior conservatoire level, a Musical Theatre MD, teachers who manage large singing teaching programmes in arts centres, singers embarking on a teaching career for the first time, classroom teachers with choirs to run, as well as singing teachers from schools and private teaching practices. What is studied is not a teaching method, it is a practical working knowledge of structure and function. The knowledge gained can be applied to any singing style; it is not genre-specific. Throughout the course teachers will have written assignments to evaluate research-based publications and to consider and apply practical use of this theoretical knowledge.
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My role in this course is very much the design and delivery of stage one. There seem to be many study days or weekends on offer: some focussing on methods, and others offering insights and even promises. This course will not offer answers; it will provide evidence-based information from which to draw your own conclusions. It is not a ‘way to teach’, it is a catalyst for your own imagination.
The voice is inside the body; we can’t see much of what is happening, so teachers have tended to base their methods on how it feels. Teaching anyone to sing has always been a subjective process: intelligent and curious teachers have devised methods and theories founded on their experience. Scientific evidence can now illuminate much of our accepted teaching practice, so that we are able to understand the more useful and effective voice training methods.
This could be your chance for a re-evaluation of singing pedagogy, assessing directly relevant information, and putting it into practice. Each teaching day is based on the presentation of anatomical structure, with the application to vocal function explained fully. In addition, there is a practical exploration of basic techniques, which can be adapted to all ages and any musical styles. Inventiveness and creativity are encouraged as ways of devising your own approaches and communicating with your singing students.
East Bergholt is a picturesque village in the heart of Constable Country. Complete with several village pubs, a shop, tea room and bakery, East Bergholt is an ideal retreat for teacher training events. The Gattinetts was the first disused farm sheds to be converted into a thriving business centre with a quaint, artistic feel. It is accessible by car with free onsite parking, the nearest station is Manningtree Station with Colchester North Station just a 20 minute taxi journey away.
4CD – The Training Suite – Office 2