Sat, 22 Feb | The Umbrella Rooms

Sharpening Your Tools

This intensely popular course is back! Having previously sold out in Manchester and Zurich, Dane and Ron are bringing this course to London. These two intensely practical advanced training days are the perfect update for singing/spoken voice teachers and SLTs working with performers.
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Sharpening Your Tools

Time & Location

22 Feb 2020, 10:30 – 23 Feb 2020, 18:00
The Umbrella Rooms, 239-241 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EH, UK

About The Event


Classical & CCM Pedagogy Intensive

February 22-23, 2020


Two intensely practical advanced training days for singing/spoken voice teachers and SLTs working with performers.



 This highly interactive course will explore common exercises used teaching singers in Classical and CCM genres with a fresh evidence-based lense. Participants will refine their existing skills and learn new tools based on our latest understanding of anatomy, physiology, acoustics and the professional requirements of the performers we work with. Appication to voice therapy and rehabilitation will also be discussed.

 Day 1: Body & Breath 

  • Resting tension levels 
  • Stretch and release of vocal tract tension
  • Long-term body work 
  • Alignment 
  • Accent Method breathing and support for singing
  • Primal Sound in the repiratory system
  • SOVT
  • Tongue, Jaw and Articulation  


Day 2: The Larynx & Vocal Tract 

  • Vocal fold vibratory patterns 
  • Resonance 
  • Warming up versus working out 
  • Primal Sound in the vocal tract 
  • Registration 
  • Advanced onset/offset: functional versus stylistic 
  • Resonance strategies 
  • Vowels and formant tuning 
  • Performance articulation/diction


 Ron and Dane will invite participants to engage with the exercises as a group. Individuals who are willing will also be given the opportunity to work one-to-one in front of the group for more bespoke troubleshooting that everyone can learn from. 


Space is limited to 20 participants.


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 is a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach and Singing Teacher working in both NHS and private practice in London, Manchester and online. Clients include major recording artists, West End productions of Wind in the Willows, Rock of Ages, Sunny Afternoon, Tell Me On a Sunday, and Motown; and national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, The Producers, Shout!, and many others. TV work includes The Voice, The One Show, and The Eurovision Song Contest. His private practice consists of around 80% vocal rehabilitation for performers with voice trouble and 20% high-profile performers who train regularly to stay in peak performance condition. Dane routinely works with pop/rock/theatre singers, radio/tv broadcasters, presenters, transgender performers, and other vocal coaches/singing teachers.

His ongoing research (2006-present) into the endoscopic assessment of disordered singers and the laryngopharyngeal gestures of singing and primal sounds now has over 500 subjects and may be one of the largest study into the singing voice to date.  He also contributed to the development of the Endoscopic Protocol for the Assessment of Singers in the Voice Clinic (Jones, Chalfin, Garrett 2006-17), which is widely used in voice clinics to help assess singers with voice trouble.

Dane is a past president (2015-16) and director of the British Voice Association. He has been a vocal advisor to the Medical Committee of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) where he pioneered the creation of competencies for Vocal Rehabilitation Coaches working in multidisciplinary voice clinics in the UK. Dane previously held the Associate Professorship of Vocal Coaching and Rehabilitation at Leeds College of Music, where he was also Principal Lecturer of Artistry and Performance (2007-17). Other academic posts include teaching fellow in Pop Voice at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (2003-6), Senior Lecturer in Pop Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music (2008-10), and Lecturer in Voice at University of Salford (2001-03). 

Publications include TC-Helicon’s Ultimate Guide to Singing (2016), and Bloomsbury’s The Singer-Songwriter Handbook (2017) and the 2nd edition of Compton Publishing's seminal The Voice Clinic Handbook (2018) . 


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


Cancellation policy 4 weeks or more = 90% refund Between 1-4 weeks = 25% refund From 1 week to the day of event = no refund (under any circumstances, including illness)

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