Research and Professional Development Opportunities

Research

I hold an MSc in Teaching and Learning from Oxford University, where I researched the use of language for learning, and co-construction of knowledge with SEND students in mainstream settings. Originally a Theologian (BA hons, Cambridge), I have particular interest in how thinking from philosophy of mind can be applied to voice pedagogy and I am currently completing an MA in Voice Pedagogy. This has led me to explore epistemology, imagination and values in voice research through transformational methodologies. I am a founding member of the International Transformational Methodologies Research group, which networks, presents and publishes materials to promote the adoption of intersectional approaches to breaking traditional boundaries in research and practice.

I have presented my work at conferences both in the UK and Internationally, and have had my work published, including in peer reviewed journals. Most recently, I have collaborated with Dr Motje Wolf at De Montfort University, UK on teaching singing to children in schools. Previously completed research explored choral conductors’ use of imagery to synthesise vocal mechanics and artistry when working with children and young people. This was accepted at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Vienna in 2022, and is awaiting publication. In May 2022 I presented at the European Music in Schools Conference in Belgrade on the topic of personalising imagery in choraI rehearsals through the application of Clean Language Coaching. I have continued my research into the application of Clean Language Coaching to Vocal Pedagogy as a transformational, person centred methodology presenting at the Singing Symposium Conference at Leeds Conservatoire.

As my research develops I have been exploring the role of voice rehabilitation specialist singing teachers working in clinical settings and will be continuing this research for a PhD. I have been invited to give the key note workshop for the South West AOTOS conference on my research and work into the ethics of integrative vocal health teaching.

Latest Research:

Imagery and Science in Singing Pedagogy: Redefining Imagination – A First Step to Resolving the Debate: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/MHS2UIE4FRWUJKHJBUNB/full?target=10.1080/23268263.2021.1999584

Teacher Training and CPD

I have been involved in teacher training for over a decade and have worked as a professional tutor with Universities across the South West of England, including Bristol University, University of the West of England, Bath Spa University and The Open University. The main focus of this work was on providing 1:1 personalised coaching and supervision for those on postgraduate teaching and pedagogy courses. I continue to work in this role as a professional mentor on the ESTA/University of Chichester PGCert in Vocal Teaching.

In addition to University-based teaching, I offer professional development courses for singing teachers and teachers working in music education roles in schools, colleges, and music hubs. My work as an education consultant enables me to deliver a range of practical and pedagogical training opportunities, from bespoke CPD short courses, to complete modules and programmes of study. Most recently I have developed resources and courses for singing teachers that have been undertaken by a diverse international cohort of students. Current clients include Bristol Beacon, and Vocal Health Education – https://vocalhealth.co.uk/inclusive-voice/