Sun, 09 Aug | via Zoom

Sharpening Your Tools - CHORAL EDITION

Our most popular course is back, but this time it's all about the tools that work when working with groups!
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Sharpening Your Tools - CHORAL EDITION

Time & Location

09 Aug 2020, 10:00 – 16:00 BST
via Zoom

About The Event



This highly interactive course will explore exercises that can be used when working with singers in choirs and groups, 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. It can be difficult to make meaningful technical change when working with a group. We'll identify where you can make the biggest impact in the fastest time.

Workshop Content

  • Identifying resting tension levels 
  • Stretch and release of vocal tract tension
  • Alignment and range of motion exercises for vocal optimisation 
  • Accent Method- inspired breathing and support 
  • Primal Sounds and how they can help a group's blend
  • Onsets and offsets for blend
  • Vowel tuning for blend
  • Choral diction - the secret to clean group articulation

As Zoom sessions can be a more mentally taxing environment than in-person courses, this day will be broken up into three sections with ample breaks for everyone's eyes, brains and bodies: 

10:00-11:30 Session 1

11:30-12:00 BREAK

12:00-13:30 Session 2

13:30-14:30 LUNCH

14:30-16:00 Session 3

Dane Chalfin Bio

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, Matilda, 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 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 also 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 has 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), Compton's Training Contemporary Commercial Singers (2020) and the 2nd edition of Compton Publishing's seminal The Voice Clinic Handbook (2018) .

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