These courses are for graduates of appropriate disciplines who wish to follow a career in voice teaching and who seek specialised study and practice in voice and speech.
They are particularly likely to appeal to professionals who already have an interest in, and knowledge of, the voice and for applying it to the fields of performance practice, performance training or other related pedagogies, for example actors, directors, drama teachers, trained singers and speech therapists.
The MA and MFA Term One develops awareness of personal and professional needs and gives a foundation in practical skills, related academic disciplines, vocal pedagogy and research methods for the more applied work that follows.
Term Two for both the MA and MFA builds on this by relating acquired knowledge and practical experience to the needs of others and seeks to develop growing confidence and abilities. Practical experience of teaching, both of groups and of individuals in institutions where voice work is relevant, begins in this term.
MA and MFA Term Three consolidates the work already done, extends the teaching experience in a variety of contexts, and allows for a deepening of thought about voice as a field of study. It includes advice on preparation for a professional career.
Term Four of the MA is focused entirely on the preparation and submission of a portfolio or dissertation.
In the first year of the MFA, students join the MA students for terms one to three of their course. The MFA then extends into a second year, beginning in October, that involves a mix of work place attachments, mentorships and observed practice, in close liaison with members of the related industries. In the second year of the course, students are encouraged to specialise in one or more directions, building on their first year’s teaching.
The MFA second year widens the opportunities to practice knowledge within a professional context in which pertinent questions can be asked, protocols tested and new structures suggested. Students are expected to undertake tutorials and occasional seminars throughout the year although these may be via Skype, as part of an on-going process of pedagogical reflection and engagement leading to the submission of a final dissertation.
The MFA offers a further embedding of skills and concepts learnt during its second year. In some countries, the MFA is more recognised, particularly for those interested in teaching, or research in a higher education environment.