Advanced Anatomy for the Voice Professional

Course Description
This course is aimed at voice practitioners who already have a working knowledge of anatomy and function but who wish to gain a deeper understanding in order to further their practice. The three day residential intensive is taught by three leading industry specialists and it includes an exciting opportunity to engage in one to one mentoring work with Dr Williams whilst working towards the completion of a portfolio relevant to your role. You can either attend the residential course as a standalone option or pursue full certification.

The certification programme is aimed at level 6 (3rd year undergraduate). All successful completers will receive a level 6 Certificate and will be added to the directory of certificated teachers.

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Day 1 with Dr Alan Watson

Organisation of the body:

  • Skeletal structure
    • The supportive framework of the body, the structure of bone itself
    • Axial framework – the spine and the skull
    • Appendicular framework – the pelvis, shoulders and limbs
  • Muscle
    • Different muscle types: striated, smooth and cardiac
    • How muscle fibres are organised and the differences between fast and slow-twitch muscle fibres
    • Issues of stamina and fatigue
  • Connective tissues
    • The components of the body that provide cohesion and support; fibrous tissues varying in density and cellularity
    • Ligaments and tendons
    • Collagen and elastic tissues
    • Cartilage types
  • Joints
    • Synovial joint structure
    • Structure and joints of the spine: attachment of ribs to the vertebrae and sternum
  • Nervous system
    • Organisation of the central nervous system
    • Components of peripheral nerves (sensory and motor components)
    • The nervous control of respiratory activity and the larynx
    • Cortical sensory and motor areas and the control of movement
    • Learning of skilled motor activity

Essential body functions related to voice:

  • Respiration
  • Autonomic nervous System
  • The stress response

Essential structures related to Voice

  • Anatomy of postural and core support muscles, body balance
  • Inhalation and expiration, primary and accessory muscles
  • Anatomy of head/neck: larynx and vocal tract
Day 2 with Dr Jenevora Williams

Anatomy and applied function of the body in relation to voice:


  • Posture
    • Overall balance and alignment, the body’s relationship with gravity
    • Why specific misuse can have a general effect
  • Breathing
    • Which muscles do what and how much of this can be felt
    • How intuitive breathing patterns need to be adjusted for speakers, singers and singer/dancers
    • Air pressure and air flow
  • Functions of the larynx: intrinsic and extrinsic structures
    • Vocal fold structure: layering of tissue types
    • Vocal fold vibration: the Bernoulli effect, myoelastic-aerodynamic theory
    • Pitch: the muscles of pitch control
    • Loudness: vocal fold closure quotient, vocal fold amplitude
    • Vocal registers: the difference between register changes and resonance phenomena
    • Vocal fold behaviour: Breathiness, harshness
    • The contribution of the epiglottic area
  • The vocal tract
    • The nature of sounds generated by the larynx and how this is modified by the vocal tract to form vowels and consonants.
    • Pharynx: the constrictor muscles, the velum
    • Larynx height: constrictor and strap muscles
    • Tongue: connections between the tongue and the hyoid bone or the velum
    • Jaw: the temporomandibular joint and the muscles of biting and chewing
    • Lips and facial muscles
Day 3 with Mr Declan Costello ENT consultant
  • Applied function of the larynx using endoscopy
    See your own larynx at work, try different vocal gestures and observe the function and behaviour of the vocal folds, the arytenoids, the epiglottis and the pharyngeal wall.
  • Common pathology
    Including: nodules, polyps, cysts, gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Endocrinology
    How hormones can affect vocal function
Dates and Fees


Sunday 22nd, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th October 2017

The Training Academy

The Holiday Inn, Reading South, Reading, RG2 OSL

Residential Details:

Arrive 22nd: Start time 11:30am – 6:00pm – tea, coffee, lunch provided and overnight stay including access to Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and pool

23rd Start time 10:00am – 5:00pm. – tea, coffee, lunch provided and overnight stay including access to Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and pool

24th Start time 10:00am – 5:00pm – tea, coffee, lunch provided.


Early Bird – Non-residential – £450 (VAT inclusive)  (Deadline: August 23rd)
Early Bird – Residential
 – £650 (VAT inclusive)  (Deadline: August 23rd)
Early Bird Certificated option£900 (VAT inclusive) (Deadline: August 23rd)

Standard fee – Non Residential – £550 (VAT inclusive)
Standard fee – Residential £750 (VAT inclusive)
Standard fee – Certificated option£1000 (VAT inclusive)

Application only – please contact for further details.

Dr Jenevora Williams
(Singing Teacher Consultant and Voice Rehabilitation Specialist)

ENT Consultant Declan Costello

Dr Alan Watson
(Professor of Anatomy at Cardiff University)

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