Singing and Speaking : Partners In Voice – Christina Shewell Residential

Course Content

A course for singing teachers who are interested in working with spoken voice.

Christina Shewell is both a speech and language therapist, highly specialised in voice, and a qualified voice teacher, with a long experience in both training and mending the voices of singers, actors and other public speakers.

As an academic, Christina has been a staff member of both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and University College London, and is fascinated by the meeting point of art and science in voice. Her book, ‘Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices’ (2009) is extensively used by singing teachers, spoken voice coaches and those working with voice problems. However, she is also known for the rich range of experiential work she incorporates into both her formal presentations and practical workshops, which she has taught extensively around the world. These cover many aspects of voice, including a simple way of analysing what we hear in a voice, to better understand and care for it, and more recently, the links between neuroscience, voice, psyche and everyday well-being.

She has a Master’s degree in linguistics, and has been honoured by a Fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and an honorary senior lectureship at University College London.

Course Description

Focus of the Course

This new VOICE WORKSHOP two-day course offers participants the opportunity to intellectually and experientially explore the ways that our spoken voices are relevant to the sung voice, and to learn a range of strategies and techniques designed to balance the spoken voice to benefit the sung.

Singers talk far more than they sing, and their habitual spoken voice patterns can have a significant direct relevance to the quality and stamina of their sung sound – either positive or negative. Many singers are unaware of the links and tend to think voice difficulties are inevitably to do with singing technique or vocal demands.

Good spoken voice training can benefit some voice. Meunier (2007) found that classical singing students who had not had spoken voice training were significantly more likely to develop vocal problems than those who had. Gullaer et al (2006) wrote: ‘it is important to develop an approach integrating two teaching methods: singing and voice-speech’.

In this course you will:

  • learn a simple and effective way to analyse spoken voices, using the eight Voice Skills Framework with its eight core aspects of Voice (Shewell 2009)
  • practice analysing your own and the voices of others
  • identify relevant strategies and exercises to improve specific aspects of voice
  • learn about the most common medical/psychological voice disorders and how to manage them
  • explore The Singing Voice Assessment, designed to be used in voice therapy by speech and language therapists
  • learn specific voice care techniques, for both daily and emergency voice use
  • explore your own voice in a wide range of exercises from the voice teaching tradition, designed to extend, and when necessary to mend the spoken voice

Teaching methods

PowerPoint slide presentations
Practical analysis
Group discussion
1:1 practice of techniques
Experiential voice work
Warmth and humour


Who Can Take The Course

This course is open to all singing teachers and all singers and would be of interest to all those who work within the spoken voice.


North Colchester Business Centre
340 The Crescent

Dates & Fees

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February 2018, £425 (VAT Inc)

Early Bird £325 (VAT Inc) – deadline of 12/1/18.

The fee covers the cost of the 2-day course, 1 nights’ accommodation, breakfast, all day tea and coffee and lunch on both days.



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Dates and Venue:

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February 2018,
North Colchester Business Centre
340 The Crescent

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