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The AVA is pleased to announce we will be running an intensive 3 day course for voice teachers delving into the science behind the singing voice. With a lineup of well regarded international & national presenters this is an opportunity not to be missed.

 Content will be covered through a variety of learning formats. With morning theory sessions followed by practical afternoon sessions to consolidate knowledge and skills. You will have the opportunity to participate in teaching masterclasses led by Janice Chapman and Irene Bartlett and unique anatomy wetlab experience to further your understanding of the anatomy involved in singing.

The following topics will be covered

  • The ‘Singing and Teaching Singing’ model
  • Laryngeal and Respiratory mechanics
  • Neural pathways and anatomy of the head, neck, jaw and torso
  • Resonance and articulation
  • Alignment and posture
Learning objectives:
  • To provide singing teachers with a theoretical and scientific background
  • To provide interaction with specimens in the wet lab to help consolidate understanding
  • To provide interaction with leading experts in the fields of speech pathology, physiotherapy, vocal pedagogy and ear nose and throat surgery
  • Learning outcome: practical demonstrations of vocal pedagogy in action.

Important Information

This course is limited to 20 participants to ensure adequate participation in masterclass and the anatomy sessions. Early Bird Registration closes on Dec 4 2016

Registration includes a course manual and provision of morning and afternoon tea with a packed lunch on the day of the anatomy lab session. Lunch on Wednesday and Friday will be available in Southbank at the participant’s expense.

Registration is now open (click here)

Registration Fees Early Bird (closes Dec 4 2016) Non Early Bird
AVA Member $450 $550
Non Member $550 $650

Program Outline:

Day 1 Wednesday Jan 4 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Pedagogical and philosophy and teaching from the SATS model

Alignment – Jim Bostock

  • Torso
  • Neural networks
  • Myofascial chains
  • Connections of the head, neck and tors

Laryngeal Mechanics and Phonation – Dr Elizabeth Hodge

Teaching Masterclasses

  • Principles in Practice
  • Focus on Alignment – Janice Chapman
  • SATS into Contemporary Commecial Music – Dr Irene Bartlett
Day 2 Thursday Jan 5 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Anatomy and Physiological function of the head, neck and jaw – Scott Cook & Karri Field

Respiratory and Breathing Mechanics – Dr Ron Morris

University of Queensland Anatomy Wetlab Session

  • Abdomen
  • Larynx
  • Lungs/torso
  • Head and Neck
Day 3 Friday Jan 6 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Follow up Q and A from anatomy session

Resonance – Dr Ron Morris

Articulation – Dr Ron Morris

Teaching Masterclasses

  • Diagnosis, assessment and remediation of vocal faults – Janice Chapman

Q and A Panel Discussion

Meet our renowned faculty:

Janice Chapman FGS AUA OAM

janicechapmanJanice Chapman FGS AUA OAM

Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for ‘services to music as an operatic singer and teacher of voice and as a contributor to research into human sound production and vocal health’, Janice Chapman has a background as an opera and concert singer, and is a member of the vocal faculties at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She also maintains a busy private practice serving many international clients, and has been a pioneer in the multidisciplinary approach to voice in the U.K.

She is recognized world over as one of the leading teachers of singing. Her own career as a singer spanned over 35 years, with engagements as a principal soprano in all the major UK opera companies, including The Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, and in many European countries. In 1975 she combined her singing career with teaching when she was invited to join the faculty at the London College of Music where she worked for 8 years before leaving to concentrate on her private practice. She became a member of the founding committee of the Voice Research Society (now the British Voice Association) and has served as its Chair and as a committee member for many years (Right: Adjusting singer’s head and neck posture.)

Many of her singing clients are internationally recognized opera and concert artists and she also works in close collaboration with Laryngologists and ENT Surgeons in the rehabilitation of damaged voices. She visits Australia regularly, where she has collaborated on research at the National Voice Centre, University of Sydney. Her consultancy and workshop client include The London Symphony Chorus, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The BBC Symphony Chorus, The British Federation of Young Choirs, The Friends of Covent Garden, The British Voice Association, The Association of British Choral Directors, and Opera Australia.

Janice is a founder member and a current council member of The British Voice Association

In 2010, Janice was elected a Fellow of the Guildhall School, London.

Dr Ron Morris PhD

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Dr Ron Morris graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 with a Bachelor of Speech Therapy degree.  Honours in Audiology were awarded in 1986.  He obtained a Masters of Music Studies degree in vocal performance in 2000 and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music in 2013.  Ron has combined a long career (over 25 years) in Speech Therapy and Audiology with work as a professional singer.   Ron has special interest in working with Deaf and Hearing Impaired patients, Head and Neck surgery patients and with voice patients.  He is a recognised expert in the Accent Method of Breathing which is used for voice therapy and singing.  Ron is also in demand as a teacher and lecturer working as a lecturer in Vocal Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  Ron has contributed to several published works including ‘Singing and Teaching: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice’ by Janice Chapman and ‘Teaching Singing in the 21st Century’ by Scott Harrison (publish date pending).

Dr Irene Bartlett PhD

irene-bartlettDr Irene Bartlett PhD

Irene Bartlett has an enduring career as a contemporary vocalist both as an independent artist and as featured vocalist in small combo and big band. She is a past Master Teacher for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing and is in demand both nationally and internationally as a leading pedagogue in contemporary voice, style and pedagogy. Her past students include ARIA multi-award winners Katie Noonan and Megan Washington; 2012 National Jazz Award winner Kristin Berardi; 2011 Bell Award for ‘Best Vocal Jazz Album’ winner Elly Hoyt; and James Morrison, Generations in Jazz Scholarships winners Alessandro Bellino, Katie Wighton and Megan Crocombe. Her current student Luara Karlson-Carp and alumni Kristin Berardi and Katie Wighton were three of only 10 finalists in the 2012 National Jazz Awards (Wangaratta Jazz Festival).

Scott Cook

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After graduating from University of Queensland, Scott Cook hadn’t quite decided on which direction he would follow. So he worked in various hospitals and private practices throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria searching for that particular interest.  He then thought he might find the answer overseas so, he embarked on the ultimate Aussie rite of passage, and traveled overseas where he worked in various hospitals throughout the UK. On his return to Australia, Scott saw an opportunity to expand his interest in Neck and Jaw conditions and in 2007, along with business partner, Nigel Smith acquired Body Mechanics Physiotherapy (now The Headache, Neck & Jaw Clinic).

Scott extended this interest by developing his skills through training with Dr Mariano Rocobado, for TMJ conditions, and The Watson Headache® Institute in Sydney, for Headache and Neck conditions. Scott is now a qualified Level 3 Watson Practitioner, one of only seven such Practitioners in Australia. He works closely with Maxillofacial Surgeons, Endodontists, Prosthodontists and Dentists to achieve positive outcomes for their patients through targeted physiotherapy treatment. Apart from his hands on work, Scott also Lectures at University of Queensland Dental School, regularly appears as a guest speaker for Dental Study Groups, Endodontic Groups and in 2013 was a speaker at the International Congress of Voice Teachers. Along with Nigel Smith, Scott also conducts “TMJ Dinners” for Dentists to provide a forum to educate and share ideas.


Karri Field

KarriFieldKarri Field

Karri wanted to be a physiotherapist ever since she could pronounce the word at 3 years of age. After graduating from ACU with first class honours, she discovered a passion for helping people with chronic pain and is currently continuing research with ACU in this area.  Her research is not just an excuse to get on people’s nerves, but investigates how pain pathway sensitivity changes in chronic pain conditions.

Karri travelled extensively throughout Australia and lived in Germany for a few years where she worked with Gunda Lambrecht, who specialises in TMJ conditions and is the rehabilitation physiotherapist for astronauts with the European Space Agency.  However, Karri is a Queensland girl at heart and happily returned to the sunshine state where she accepted a position at the Headache, Neck and Jaw Clinic.

Karri completed training at the Watson Headache® Institute in Sydney where she, not surprisingly, learned that headaches are a real pain in the neck.  Karri understands pain impacts on all areas of life due to personal experience with migraines, headaches and TMJ dysfunction.  Hunting down and treating the actual cause of someone’s pain, not just the symptoms, is the ultimate reward for Karri.

Jim Bostock

Jim-BostockJim Bostock

Jim has been helping thousands of people get rid of their frustrating pains. When people are at their wits end, Jim’s unique treatment is so successful that his abilities are being sought after by high profile athletes and entertainers world-wide.

Jim’s passion is using a holistic approach to healing the body. His treatment focuses on nerves and getting to the source of your pain. He also developed his Bostock Needle Technique which is what Jim is highly renown for.

Jim is a former elite mix martial artist, has studied physiotherapy, post graduate in sports physiotherapy & exercise physiology. Alongside his university studies & professional practice, Jim also continues to progress his study & practice in an effective form of manual therapy called Strain Counter Strain from the Jones Institute in the United States + currently writing his book on the Bostock Needle Technique.

Dr Elizabeth Hodge

elizabethhodgephotoDr Elizabeth Hodge

Elizabeth Hodge is a Brisbane-based ENT surgeon. Following completion of her Australian training, and the awarding of her Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, she has completed two further sub-specialty fellowships.   The first of these was in Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Secondly, she completed the Royal College of Surgeons “North Thames Laryngology Fellowship” in London. She was a recipient of the Morgan Travelling Scholarship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for the Laryngology and Airway Fellowship. Her work in London saw her appointed to Imperial College NHS Trust (Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington) and she also held honorary contracts with the Royal Brompton Hospital and UCLH/The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. Her special interests are in voice concerns, laryngeal hypersensitivity, paediatric otolaryngology, chronic cough, swallowing disorders, and head and neck malignancy. As well as practicing privately she also holds an appointment as a Visiting Medical Officer with the Metro North division of Queensland Health in Brisbane.

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