My background is a combination of music and academia. In terms of music, I sang professionally at the National Theatre and The Jazz Stage, Wavendon. I ran also my own jazz club, promoting the best of British Jazz alongside a music collective established to provide opportunities for jazz musicians. My debut solo album ‘Red Song’ received positive acclaim and was played regularly on UK Jazz Radio where I was the featured artist of the month. I’m no longer active in the jazz scene but sing regularly as part of a three-part harmony trio.
Debbie is also the founder of the popular Facebook group Voice Geek. This was established to spotlight emerging research and to share ideas and engage in multi-disciplinary discussion. This page can be viewed on https://www.facebook.com/groups/VoiceGeek/
With regards to my educational background, I Initially studied law to degree level and have an MA from Leicester University. I moved into lecturing having always been active in the field of education and I contributed to an MA distance learning programme at Leicester University writing course material and assessing postgraduate work. At Colchester Sixth Form College I devised course materials for students and was head of AS Law.
As I moved from education into voice, I wanted to learn how the voice worked anatomically. I was acutely aware of my own voice limitations and was eager to gain a deeper understanding. I found the options for study in the area of vocal pedagogy limiting and began to run one-off workshops to enhance my own understanding. It’s been a privilege to host sessions with leading specialists such as Dr Jenevora Williams, Declan Costello, Mary King and Meribeth Dayme.
I am delighted the MA Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy) is a partnership between the Welsh Institute of Work Based Learning, University of Wales (Trinity St David) and Voice Workshop.
Teaming up with Dr Jenevora Williams, we devised a specific academic training programme designed to explore research within the field of voice. The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Practice enables this research to be further developed and explored. This process was described as a ‘much needed innovation’ by Professor Graham Welch – Institute of Education and was featured on radio 3, Science and Singing programme presented by Mary King.
I am currently working on my PhD proposal specialising in work based learning and voice education. I have written an exemplar portfolio and course guidance material for the Applied Professional Practice Postgraduate Certificate and teach the reflective practice, research methods and work based learning project components on this course alongside Cardiff Metropolitan University. I am also a regular contributor to ISING magazine and have written several reviews for Plural Publishing.