Sat, 23 Feb | Blueprint Studios


Accent Method breathing has a huge evidence base for it effectiveness at treating muscular voice disorders. It is also highly effective in helping performers of all genres develop better breathing and support habits. This course is suitable for singers, singing/spoken voice teachers and SLTs.
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Time & Location

23 Feb 2019, 11:00 – 24 Feb 2019, 18:00
Blueprint Studios, Elizabeth House, 39 Queen St, Salford M3 7DQ, UK

About The Event

Accent Method Breathing for Performers

February 23-24, 2019


Blueprint Studios

Breathing and support are considered cornerstones of a secure vocal technique for singing and performance voice. No area of vocal pedagogy has been more controversial and, despite recent advances in the understanding of how the respiratory system functions, both in speech and song, some breath management strategies for singing continue to be at odds with scientific fact. Furthermore, many singers find the development of these skills a challenge.

In this practical course Dr. Ron Morris, Speech Pathologist and Classical Countertenor, and Dane Chalfin, Vocal Rehabilitation Coach and Singing/Voice Teacher, introduce Accent Method breathing - a technique that is well grounded in science, as it is based on the structure and function of the respiratory system - and demonstrate with exercises, how it helps develop effective breathing and support in performers. The science and theory is presented in a language that singers, their teachers, and SLTs will easily understand, and the course is delivered in a style that is lighthearted and entertaining.

Your Presenters

Dr. Ron Morris

Dr Ron Morris, Speech Therapist, Audiologist and Counter-Tenor, initially graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 with an Honours degree in Speech Therapy. Ron also holds a Performer’s Certificate from Trinity College London and in 2001 he completed a Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. As part of that degree Ron undertook additional vocal studies in London with Mrs Janice Chapman OAM as well as studying Accent Method Breathing with Ms Dinah Harris and Mrs Ingrid Rugheimer. Ron holds a PhD in music for a study examining the use of Accent Method Breathing with singers. Ron's new book on Accent Method based on his PHD 'If In Doubt Breath Out' was released in 2016 with co-author Linda Hutchison.

Ron is in demand both nationally and internationally as a speaker at conferences, workshops and summer schools having presented on numerous occasions for Classical Voice Training, British Voice Association, to the Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC), the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) and to the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) in the UK. Ron has been a guest tutor at the Aberystwyth Music Fest and Summer School as well as working with choristers from St Paul’s Cathedral London, Canterbury Cathedral and King’s College Cambridge. Ron also works annually within the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where his work is focussed on breathing, articulation and vocal pedagogy. He has recently obtained a Lectureship in Vocal Pedagogy and Health at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University.

Ron continues to sing regularly both as a member of St John’s Cathedral Choir (Brisbane) and the Opera Queensland Chorus. and as a soloist in oratorio, opera and sacred music. Recent engagements include the Durufle Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

Dane Chalfin

Dane Chalfin, Vocal Rehabilitation Coach and Singing/Voice Teacher with clients include charting bands/artists, West End productions of Rock of Ages, Wind and the Willows, Sunny Afternoon and Motown; national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, The Producers, Evita, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia; and record labels including Sony, Columbia, Universal, Polydor and many independents. TV work includes shows like The One Show, The Voice and Eurovision.

Dane's clinic-based research into the physiology of Primal Sound in contemporary singing styles, pedagogy, and endoscopic assessment of singing voice disorders are being used by singing teachers, speech therapists and choir directors across the UK. This work has been presented at many national and international voice conferences over the last twelve years.

Dane has been a Director of the British Voice Association for 10 years and was President from 2015-2016. He is also a member of the Medical Committee of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the Musicians Wellbeing Advisory Board of Help Musicians UK. He formerly held the positions of Associate Professor of Vocal Rehabilitation at Leeds College of Music, Senior Lecturer in Pop Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music, Teaching Fellow at LIPA and Lecturer in Voice at University of Salford.

Dane has written chapters for TC-Helicon's The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money and Health; The Singer/Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury 2017); the second edition of Compton Publishing's The Voice Clinic Handbook; and his book Primal Voice in Pop, Rock and Theatre will be available soon.

Dane enjoys working with professional and developing singers from all genres, especially ones with difficult cases of voice trouble. If you are intersted in having a consultation please get in touch. Dane has studios in London and Manchester and sessions are available via Skype for clients worldwide.

Please note: this course is not catered but the venue is within easy walking distance of eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.

Cancellation Policy:

30 days + notice = 90% refund

14-29 days notice = 50% refund

0-14 days notice = no refunds

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