Researcher Development

Voice and Vocal Control

Course code: RSVV

Topic: Engagement, Influence and Impact

Course description

If you were to stand in any maternity ward in the world and listen to the cacophony of infant voices around you, you would have no idea of their gender and no clue where you were. Each of us is born with a natural voice that, over time, is shaped by the habits formed by copying the world around us. Some of our voice is governed by biology, but an enormous amount is influenced by circumstance. Distinguishing between the two is key to learning how to control and exploit the potential of your voice.

Voice and Vocal Control is a three-hour voice workshop based on theatrical as well as practical experience, and aimed towards anyone wishing to develop their vocal ability. Divided into three equal parts, the workshop first explores and examines the voice itself from intention to comprehension, and gives participants the chance to form an objective opinion about their voice; something we all too frequently shy away from.
The second part is a purely practical vocal warm up drawn from many years of theatrical practise. Participants should be under no illusion that this course, if it is to be useful, cannot remain purely theoretical. It includes elements like physical relaxation, breathing, a detailed exploration of the simple hum, the identification of body parts responsible for vocal projection and a celebration of what voices can do. All of these are undertaken in a whole group setting with no one being required to work individually.

The final section aims to equip participants with a tool with which they can develop vocal control and tonal nuance. Based on the work of the late Yat Malmgren, Movement Psychology for Voice is a toolbox for performers that harnesses the connection between an inner sensation and an outer manifestation, and can be used by anyone prepared to really roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.

Of all the body’s tools for expression, the voice is the one that works perfectly at birth and slowly becomes hampered by habits, toxins and often our own thoughts.

Learning outcomes

Voice and Vocal Control aims to equip participants with a framework and methodology that helps them set out on a journey back towards the time when their voice worked tirelessly, effortless and freely.


"Piero was a brilliant workshop tutor. He was enaging, welcoming, funny and inclusive."
"I found it really useful and fulfilling"
"Tutor did a very good job of engaging group."
"A thoroughly enjoyable 3 hours that gave us some useful thoughts and tools to take away with us."

Target audience

Staff who research and/or teach

Date and time: Tuesday 13 June 2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Trainer: Piero Vitelli, Island 41

Staff: register for this course by emailing the Researcher Development Unit

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