Vocal Health First Aid Foundation Course

A course designed to give you the appropriate tools by which to assess the function of a voice, and be able to make quick-fire decisions like: “should this singer be going on stage tonight?” with greater clarity.

Long COVID and singers

Research Article to accompany can be downloaded here.

A growing number of people who contract COVID-19 cannot shake off the effects of the virus for months after initially falling ill. Symptoms are wide-ranging and fluctuating, and can include breathlessness, chronic fatigue, “brain fog”, anxiety and stress. For further information see here.
We will be discussing the latest research into the many and varied symptoms of Long Covid, and exploring ways in which we can work with singers who are experiencing these symptoms.

With: Dr Rachel Goldenberg, Maurice Goodwin, Juliet Russell and Dr Jenevora Williams

Dr Rachel Goldenberg

Dr. Rachel Goldenberg is a leading expert in singing and lung disease. Dr. Goldenberg teaches voice, speech and pedagogy at Ambrose University, consults on vocal health and leads “Breathe, Sing, Move!” at Breathe Well Physio, and maintains a private studio in her native Calgary, Canada. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the use of singing lessons as an adjunctive airway clearance technique for cystic fibrosis and her article, “Singing for Respiratory Health: A Literature Review” was published in 2018 in the peer-reviewed Journal of Voice. She has presented her dissertation research and continuing research in the use of singing for respiratory ailments across the United States, Canada and Europe. Recently she has focused her work on helping people with lung disease to better coordinate their breath with the voice through individual lessons and the “Breathe, Sing, Move!” program.  The “Breathe, Speak, Pace” program for people experiencing long-COVID was launched in March 2021. Dr. Goldenberg has been in demand as a guest lecturer on breathing physiology at universities and programs across North America. As an active and trained singing voice specialist, she frequently assists injured singers, actors and other voice users referred to her from medical professionals and the voice community. Dr. Goldenberg received her Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal pedagogy from Shenandoah University where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award for “exceptional aptitude for research and scholarship.” She also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

Maurice Goodwin

Maurice Goodwin is a licensed and practicing Speech Language Pathologist, voice teacher, and active performer now living in Houston, TX. Professionally he specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the singing voice and voice disorders at The Texas Voice Center. Following his undergraduate studies in music performance at Shenandoah University, he completed his graduate work in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center he completed his graduate thesis on the challenges and changes that occur in the voices of elderly adults. His background as a performer and speech pathologist led him to complete a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Voice and Swallow Clinics in the treatment of singers, actors, teachers, and other occupational voice users with voice problems. He is a regular lecturer and presenter at conferences focused on the health and education of professional voice users. He is passionate about vocal health education and the intersections of identity and voice. Maurice is licensed to practice in the state of Texas and holds national certification from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Juliet Russell

Juliet Russell is a music creative – a singer, composer, choir MD and vocal coach whose work spans the music, arts and entertainment industries. She works with voices to create memorable performances on stage, television and in the community. She believes singing is a powerful tool for expression, confidence, wellbeing and connection, supporting people to find their voice and express themselves in ways that feel empowering, liberating and authentic.

Juliet excels at guiding people to find their own unique voice and creativity, building confidence, musicality and opportunity. She has worked with Grammy, MOBO and BRiT award winners and has coached multiple winners of The Voice UK. She works with established and emerging artists to develop artistry, sustainable stylistic techniques and performance skills,

She is MD of Assemble – a professional choir, Portobello Live! Community choir and leads a weekly online singing for lung health group. She has led choirs for Paloma Faith, alt-J, Bill Bailey, BBC1, ITV Channel 4 and Glastonbury and has toured the UK as a solo artist. She is also a composer and vocal arranger, specialising in a cappella choral arrangements, and has written music for television, radio and independent film.

She has undertaken post-graduate research in inclusive creative practices to facilitate collaboration in community choirs and singing for lung health, and is a singing for lung health workforce trainer, formerly for the British Lung Foundation.

Every week, she gives a free Tuesday Tutorial on Instagram with an exercise, technique or musical nugget. www.julietrussell.com

Mindfulness for Singers

Course summary

This mindfulness course has been specifically designed for professional singers, voice students, vocal coaches and teachers, and vocal health specialists. During this course you will learn practical mindfulness exercises targeted towards singers and musicians which can be then be used in your own practices or tailored to your own coaching or teaching requirements. There are also psychological and evidence-based educational elements to give you a practical and theoretical awareness of the effects of learning mindfulness on singers and musicians. There is good empirical evidence that learning mindfulness can help participants learn more skillful ways to deal with music performance anxiety, but there is also evidence that it has a wide range of positive effects on music lessons, solo practice, ensemble rehearsals, and during performance (Czajkowski, 2018; Czajkowski & Greasley, 2015; Czajkowski et al., 2020).

The course is 8 weeks in length and each session will take approximately 1 hour. Sessions 1-6 and session 8 are pre-recorded and session 7 is a practical online group session (4th December). Participants are requested to dedicate at least 10 minutes mindfulness practice a day to gain most from the course. There is also a personal Log Book, an online forum for you to discuss your experiences with other members of the course, a mindfulness questionnaire to plot your development over the course, and a reference research document for further reading or exploration.

For more visit www.mindfulnessforsingers.co.uk

Vocal Health First Aid Foundation

A course designed to give you the appropriate tools by which to assess the function of a voice, and be able to make quick-fire decisions like: “should this singer be going on stage tonight?” with greater clarity.