Life Cycle of the Voice


This is a live recording of Voice Workshop’s ‘Life Cycle of the Voice’ day delivered and written by leading expert Dr Jenevora Williams. This day forms part of the MA in Voice Pedagogy, run in association with University of Wales Trinity St David. 

These films provide an excellent introduction for any singing teacher or choral conductor to an area that can then be studied further in greater detail. The lecture day is based on extensive research and a list of the research is included in full for each chapter. These references can be downloaded here.

Complete set of films £45

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Chapter 1 – Children £20

Film 1: General Background
This film uses a number of perceptual tests to allow you to consider the differences between make and female voices from birth through to adolescence. It begins to challenge the myths as to whether we should teach singing to children.

Film 2: Where it starts (babies)
This film contrasts the adult vocal apparatus with an infant. It provides an exploration of the larynx and the lungs. It also considers the purpose of infant vocalisation.

Film 3: Children Pre-school Singing
This film explores singing with children under the age of four years. This covers pitch range, teaching rhythm and pitch, boosting language learning and group co-operation.

Film 4: Children 4 to 7 Years
Here we look at both the vocal possibilities and limitations of young voices aged 4 to 7 years. It explains what we can and cannot teach them.

Film 5 – Children 7 to 11 years
Here we begin to expand the repertoire of what can be taught to this age group. This includes a range of tips on how to teach singing.

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Chapter 2 – Adolescents £20

Film 6 – Adolescent singers – What is happening?
This film explores the key difference between male and female voices during the onset of puberty. This involves observable, measurable differences between the two.

Film 7 – Adolescent Girls
What are the differences in female voices during adolescence? Jenevora examines hormonal changes, glottal chinks, breathiness and potential solutions. 

Film 8 – Technique for teenagers – Part 1
This film explores the versatility of teenage voices and the training implications for different voice qualities.

Film 9 – Technique for teenagers – Part 2
Here we explore ‘resonance skills’. Topics include higher frequencies, working with nasality, deconstriction and emotions.

Film 10 – Adolescent boys: Assessing voice change
This film looks into the stages of male adolescence and explores the research of Tanner and Cooksey. It gives essential guidance of how to work with the voice during this developmental stage.

Film 11 – Adolescent boys: Hearing voice change
As the adolescent male voice experiences significant changes, this section traces the development of the voice by listening to recordings of boys’ voices throughout puberty.

Film 12 – Group singing for children
This film considers how to teach group singing, whether to separate boys from girls, and appropriate repertoire. During teenage years it addresses maintaining boys’ interest in singing, the Cambiata Principle for boys’ choirs, and the challenges found within girls’ choirs.

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Chapter 3 – Adults £15

Film 13 – Young adult singers
What are the issues that young adult singers face as the voice reaches full maturity.

Film 14 – Adult females
A look at the effects on the voice of hormone changes in adult females in the monthly cycle, during pregnancy and through the menopause.

Film 15 – Wellbeing and causes of ageing
This explores the health benefits of singing throughout the lifespan and especially into senior years.

Film 16 – Ageing singers: What happens to the voice?
This final film looks at the extent to which the voice declines as it ages and how to ensure longevity in the voices of older singers.

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