MA Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy)

Course Description

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. This innovative postgraduate pathway enables the academic study of vocal pedagogy and facilitates the research of new areas of learning. The modules allow for the design and implementation of new initiatives which seeks to contribute to an individual’s practice, organisation and professional network.
This MA combines technical voice teaching with focussed essays and individual research projects. All voice stimulus days are taught by leading specialists and students combine theoretical research with practice based application.
The course is part-time and is carefully structured to fit into a teacher friendly timetable and runs from 20th August 2018 until 28th March 2021.

Vocal Pedagogy Training

This will be achieved through a taught element delivered by a combination of leading lecturers in the field of voice.

The aim of the process is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the vocal mechanism and how it applies 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 classroom 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. This course facilitates the exploration of a diverse and often conflicting field. You will be able to carve out your own pathway and draw your own conclusions.

It is ideal for those who are working as vocal coaches/singing teachers or for those from a music background who wish to gain a firmer understanding of vocal pedagogy.

Course Structure

Below is the provisional course structure and dates may change:

Mon 20th
Introductory Day Dr Annette Fillery-Travis
Tues 21st
Anatomy overview

Posture and muscular – skeletal relationships and Breathing

Dr Jenevora Williams
Wed 22nd
Larynx and the vocal tract Dr Jenevora Williams
Thurs 23rd August Acoustics Professor David Howard
Fri 24th August Vocal Health – A view through the scope Natalie Watson – Otolaryngologist
Assignment 1 (Formative) 2,000 words
Mon 22nd
Performance Anxiety Dr Jane Oakland
Tues 23rd October Life Span of the Voice Dr Jenevora Williams
Wed 24th October Voice and the Brain: evolution, emotion and learning Dr Jenevora Williams
Thurs 25th October Working with the Injured Singer Mel Mehta/Dr Jenevora Williams
Fri 26th October Working with Spoken Voice Mel Mehta
Assignment 2 (Formative) 2,000 words
Sun 25th November Preparing for the Professional Learning Journal Tutor: Debbie Winter
2019 Professional Learning Journal Assignment (4,000 words) (3 months completion time)
Sat 23rd Feb &
Sun 24th Feb
Introduction to research methods/ How to write a research proposal/ Structuring a Work Based Learning Report/ Preparing for ethics committee Tutor: Debbie Winter
Research Proposal Assignment

(3 months completion time) 4,000 words

Sun 2nd June After the proposal – project planning/research methods ideas Tutor: Debbie Winter
Work based Learning project

(5 months completion time) 8,000 words

Fri 25th, Sat 26th October WBL presentation weekend Dr Annette Fillery-Travis
Sun 27th October Preparing for the Independent study module 7,500 words Debbie Winter/Dr Jenevora Williams
2020 Independent study assignment

(5 months completion time)

Fri 17th, Sat 18th & Sun 19th April Coaching Module (taught module) Dr Annette Fillery-Travis
Coaching Module Assignment

(5 months Completion time)

Sat 5th & Sun 6th
Work based learning final project weekend Debbie Winter
2021 Work based learning Project final project (15,000 words)

(6 months completion time)

Sat 27th & Sun 28th March Presentation weekend Dr Annette Fillery-Travis

Debbie Winter


The course will consist of a number of formative and summative assessments. The formative assessments are crucial to developing your written skills and they also provide an academic knowledge base. They feed into the summative assessments which form part of the final accreditation. All assignments are an integral part of the course and both forms of assessment are interdependent in terms of their relationship.

This postgraduate pathway will provide you with a number of opportunities to develop your research interests. It is common for students to change direction while they are exploring different pedagogical areas. The formative assessments allow for such development whilst building key academic, level 7 skills.

Formative assignments – This will consist of two 3,000-word assignments on any subject area of your choice. You will be provided with a range of titles but there is also freedom to choose if you prefer. The assignments are designed to explore theory, design strategies and link them directly to your teaching studio.

 Summative assignments

1. Professional Learning Journal – 15 credits – 4,000 words

The purpose of this portfolio is to demonstrate the technical skills gained during your learning both on the course and in your workplace. You will demonstrate a wide range of advanced techniques and will draw on a wide range of information sources. Through the process of critical reflection, the portfolio is an opportunity for you to evaluate your learning experience and consider your plans for future learning and research.

2. Research Proposal – 15 credits – 4,000 words

This research proposal examines relevant research methodology and critically examines how it can be used in a proposed area of research. You will explore a number of methodological approaches for research in work-based settings and a range of research techniques appropriate for gathering data will be evaluated.

You will draw on your formative assessments to identify an area of interest. 

3. Work Based Learning Project – 30 credits 8,000 words

This is where the research proposal is put into action and reported. You will also present your work to a panel and your peers during a study weekend.

Examples of Professional Practice projects previously undertaken have involved strategies for working with aging voice, the importance of alignment in belt voice, the creation of a postural methodology, warm-ups for music directors, the development of practice aids, song-writing as a support tool, breathing methodology for the triple threat performer, the development of performance anxiety strategies and the use of acting pedagogy as a vehicle for teaching group singing.

4. Independent Study – 30 credits 7,500-word study

This will enable you to pursue an independent learning topic in an area of your choice. You will be required to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of a specific complex area within the area of vocal pedagogy or a related practice. You will demonstrate an advanced ability to develop a personal study programme and engage in an independent and critical evaluation of your chosen field of study.

5. Coaching and Mentoring module – 30 credits 8,000 words

This module will develop your skills and their expertise and credibility in the fields of coaching and mentoring. This is ideal for singing teachers who often work in a one to one setting with students.

The purpose of the programme is to give individuals a sound basis in coaching and mentoring practice allowing them to become competent workplace coaches.

6. Work Based Learning project – 60 credits – 15.000 words

This final project will enable you to pursue an independent work-based learning project which is relevant to your field of practice and is approved by your tutor. You will negotiate a substantial and methodologically sound investigative study and you will analyse, interpret and critically evaluate and report relevant research data. Future actions based on the findings will be assessed and the impact of the study on your own development will be assessed.

A study weekend whereby your research is presented to a panel will be required. This also forms part of the 15,000 word count.

Course Tutors

Academic Lead – Dr Jenevora Williams

Dr Jenevora Williams is a passionate pedagogue and a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her book and DVD Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults has sold several thousand copies worldwide.

As voice science is a relatively young discipline, she has engaged in pioneering work at a grass roots level through the delivery of innovative lectures on Vocal Health, Performance Anxiety, Vocal Pedagogy, Teaching Young Singers, Voice Acoustics, and Teaching Studio Communication Style. She has worked for bodies such as the British Voice Association, British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the Association of Teachers of Singing. She also wrote the first Vocal Pedagogy syllabus for a university-accredited MA.

Some of her teaching work is in vocal rehabilitation; she offers guidance for singers who may have challenges with vocal health or technique. Jenevora’s PhD research looked into the vocal health of intensively trained child singers.

Acoustics -Professor David Howard

Professor David Howard is the Head of Department of Electronic Engineering at the Royal Holloway University, London. He was formerly the Head of Department of the University of York’s Department of Engineering and the Head of the Audio Lab Research Group and an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology(FIET), Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Senior MIEEE), and Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (FIOA). David’s innovative research explores the links between creativity and engineering through music technology both as an academic and an accomplished musician. He is a choral director, choral singer, organist and a founder member of the York Centre for Singing Science.

Performance Anxiety – Dr Jane Oakland MBPsS

Jane is a professional singer and Music Psychologist. Her interests now lie in the application of evidence based psychological techniques to give practical support for both amateur and professional performing artists. Jane’s recent PhD research explored musical career transition and the implications of redundancy for musicians. She continues to publish widely on this subject.

 Jane is a registered mental skills practitioner and trainer with British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is an Honorary Lecturer at University College London (UCL).

Otolaryngologist – Natalie Watson

Natalie Watson is a South Thames ENT specialty registrar with a passion for laryngology. She is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Education at King’s College London. Natalie qualified with two distinctions from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School and was awarded the prestigious Jelf medal. She obtained an intercalated Honours BSc in neuroscience having received the Health Foundation Student Research Fellowship.  

Spoken Voice Expert and SLT – Mel Mehta

Mel Mehta is a Specialist Speech & Language Therapist (SLT Voice Disorders) and has worked at various London Hospitals. A graduate of the MA in Voice Studies course, having specialised in voice early in her career, she has taught practical spoken voice skills as well as lecturing at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art for 14 years plus provides SLT support. Mel also provides SLT support at Millennium Performing Arts and Arts Educational Trust and has worked as a voice coach on a London revival of Journey’s End. She teaches practical voice skills across the classical acting curriculum in addition to providing Voice Therapy support. Mel has presented at the BVA Conference Choice for Voice, at PEVOC and other study days.

Coaching and Mentoring – Dr Annette-Fillery Travis

Annette is a senior coach educator, researcher and author. After a successful career as a research scientist where she was Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and author of over 50 academic papers, Annette began a second career with the Professional Development Foundation after attaining a Masters in Professional Development. She became CEO and designed leadership programmes for public sector managers and school leaders, and manager coach training programmes across a range of sectors.

During a sabbatical at the University of Manchester in 2008 she was responsible for the overhaul of the Masters in Educational Leadership and in 2010 Annette moved to Middlesex University where she was Head of the faculty for the Professional Doctorate where she has supervised over twenty coaching doctorates and ran the Work and Learning Research Group. She is currently principal investigator for an EU funded pan-European project on the Modern Doctorate and recently took up the post of Head of the Wales Institute for Work Based Learning at Trinity St David University of Wales where she is pursuing her passion for the facilitation of professional development of individuals.

Who can take the course / Qualifications?

A degree or a degree equivalent qualification is preferred. We do accept ABRSM, Trinity and LCM exams providing there is some academic content. Please do still make an enquiry if you do not have the relevant qualifications. We will consider each case individually and we may ask you to complete some written work or complete the Advanced Anatomy for the Voice Professional certificated course.


Fees for the entire course are:         

  • To reserve a place on the course, you will need to pay £1,000 (VAT inclusive) non-refundable deposit. This is only payable after your application has been accepted. Your place will not be reserved until this fee is paid.
  • A registration fee of £2460 is directly payable to University of Wales Trinity St David before the start of the course.
  • The remaining fee of £4490 (VAT inclusive) is directly payable to Voice Workshop Ltd by 30/6/18.
  • Please be aware that the postgraduate loan company releases finances in fixed instalments. These dates are fixed for all postgraduate loans and cannot be altered. As this is a collaborative arrangement between Voice Workshop Ltd and Trinity St David, Instalment payments are not an option for this type of course.
  • You may be eligible for a student loan. The MA will be registered with the student loan company but the course code and application process for the student loan will not be available until 2018. We will inform you when it is available and feel free to liaise with us in the meantime. Funding is not available where a student has RPL from a previous postgraduate degree, it is only available when you are undertaking the full MA.
  • All fees will need to be paid in advance even where instalments are paid by the student loan company.

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North Colbea Business Centre
340 The Crescent

Accommodation is not included in the price. We have a local Premier Inn A12, Colchester, this is within walking distance of The Business Centre.


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Academic Lead – Dr Jenevora Williams

Acoustics – Professor David Howard

Performance Anxiety – Dr Jane Oakland MBPsS

Otolaryngologist – Natalie Watson

Spoken Voice Expert and SLT – Mel Mehta

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