Guildhall School of Music and Drama Voice

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Voice

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Voice

Training in Classical Voice

with Janice Chapman and Dr Ron Morris

A multidisciplinary team including authors of Janice Chapman’s internationally recognised book (Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice), specialists from the industry, including the Royal Opera House and the Guildhall School, and leading voice specialists will present a comprehensive course under the leadership of Janice Chapman.

The art of singing has been taught for generations without the benefit of evidence-based science to underpin it.  Due to recent developments in fibre-optic and endoscopy technology, it has become possible to view the voice and build a science-based understanding of how it works.  This knowledge does not replace the empiric writings of the old masters but rather enhances our understanding of past teaching methods.

The course has three specifically tailored strands:

  • Voice teachers/pedagogues
  • Performers
  • Choral conductors/trainers and choral singers

Janice and her team will deliver a five day intensive course which includes Breathing and Support, Accent Method breathing, Postural Alignment, Vocal Anatomy and Physiology, Manual Therapy, Phonation, Resonance, Articulation, Mind-skills for Performers and Artistry and Performance.

The course will include:

  • Body/voice warm-ups
  • Plenary lectures
  • Ultra-sound, spectrograph and nasoendoscopy presentations
  • Small practice groups
  • Masterclasses
  • Interactive discussion sessions

About the tutors

Tutors include:

  • Janice Chapman (course leader and author of Singing and Teaching Singing, Professor of Voice)
  • Dr. Ron Morris (speech pathologist, audiologist and vocal pedagogue)
  • Mandy Demetriou (movement coach, Royal Opera House )
  • Jacob Lieberman (voice specialist osteopath)
  • Nicholas Gibbins (head and neck and vocal consultant)
  • Marilyn McCarthy (teaching and learning consultant)
  • Ed Blake (specialist performance physiotherapist, Harley Street)
  • Jayke Branson-Thom (mindskills, Royal Opera House)
  • James Platt (professional singer and pedagogue)
  • Andrew Follin (Certified Master Teacher, Estill Voice Training)
  • Martin Lloyd-Evans (Resident Producer of Opera, Guildhall School)
  • Jeremy Summerly (Choral Director)

Course Schedule

Provisional course schedule available here

The confirmed schedule will be sent out two weeks before the course is due to begin.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for:

Solo and choral singers who are:
• Of intermediate to advanced level, looking for a solid grounding in vocal technique
• Interested in improving their own voices
• Advanced and are looking to fine tune their techniques and are looking for scientifically tried and tested ways of singing
• Looking for a healthy, safe technique
• Wanting to receive tuition in masterclasses or workshops from our world class team
• Wanting to learn how our team of multidisciplinary specialists can help them

Teachers who are:
• Of any experience level
• Looking for a scientifically based holistic model for teaching
• Wanting to improve their diagnostic skills
• Wanting to improve the effectiveness of their teaching
• Looking at how multidisciplinary specialists can help in their students’ technical journey
• Looking to watch and learn from master teachers in action

Our London location

The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London within the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of West End theatres, the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Tate Modern.


Course Fee: £800
Residential option 1: Course Fee + Bed, Breakfast and Evening meal £1135
Residential option 2: Course Fee + Bed and Breakfast £1075


Monday 17 – Friday 21 July 2017, 9.30am – 6pm

Participant requirements

Age 18+
Applicants should also ensure they have sufficient English language skills to be able to cope with the demands of this course.

Participant Cancellation

If written notification of cancellation is received no later than 14 calendar days before the start of the course fees will be refunded as paid, minus a 25% cancellation fee (unless this falls within the 14 day cooling off period).

If you cancel your place after a course has started you must notify the School in writing and you will not be eligible for a refund unless a satisfactory medical certificate is provided.

Special access needs

If you have any special access needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements using the contact details below.


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Should you wish to use your participation in the summer school as credit for a university or college course you are undertaking, this would be a matter for you to agree with your current institution. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer assessments.


Email the Short Courses team or call 0207 382 2310 for any enquiries.


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Terms and conditions

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