Sat, 12 Sept | via Zoom

Sharpening Your Tools - for MT MDs

Are you a West End or touring Musical Director who wants to take your work with singers to the next level? Are you still using tools based on research from the 1980s in 2020? This workshop is for you!
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Sharpening Your Tools - for MT MDs

Time & Location

12 Sept 2020, 10:00 BST – 13 Sept 2020, 16:00 BST
via Zoom

About The Event


for MT MDs

September 12-13, 2020



This course is intended for West End, touring, and regional MDs already working at a high professional level. If you are unsure about whether this course is for you please email


This highly interactive course will explore common issues that MDs face when working with singers through a fresh evidence-based lens. 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.  We'll look at a practical (but still science-based) approach stretching out, warming up, cooling down, breathing, unifying tone, "belting" & "mixing" and fine details like onsets/offsets, group diction and other vocal effects. 

The course is divided into 3 x 90min sessions per day with breaks to avoid "Zoom Fatigue."


Day One

10:00-11:30 Vocal Anatomy & Physiology

11:30-12:00 BREAK

12:00-13:30 Stretch and Release & Building a Perfect Warm Up

13:30-14:30 LUNCH

14:30-16:00 Using Primal Sounds in Vocal Troubleshooting

Day Two

10:00-11:30 Healthy Onsets, Offsets and Stylistic Effects

11:30-12:00 BREAK

12:00-13:30 Resonance, Vowels & Unifying a Group Sound

13:30-14:30 LUNCH

14:30-15:00 Performance Diction

15:00-16:00 Q&A


Space is limited to 20 participants.



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) .


Cancellation Policy:

30 days + notice = 90% refund

14-29 days notice = 50% refund

0-14 days notice = no refunds

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