Finding a Voice
Directed by Dr. Karen Wise
Co-investigator Prof Andrea Halpern of Bucknell University, USA
Nearly 20% of the British population call themselves 'tone deaf', and probably many more would call themselves 'non-singers', holding negative thoughts about their own singing ability and voice. Against the view that 'anyone can sing', non-singers hold a powerful narrative that says 'you can either sing or you can't - and I can't'.
Starting in April 2016, Finding a Voice is a 33-month AHRC-funded project focusing on people who don't sing, engaging them in specially designed programmes. It will provide an understanding of the journeys adult non-singers take in learning to sing, and the ways in which they can be supported, by combining psychological, educational and artistic research.
The project will investigate the best ways of helping non-singers engage in meaningful participation in singing and improve their skills, and to show what their developmental journeys look like.
In a first phase (September 2016 to June 2017), the project will work with a group of people who consider themselves non-singers over the period of one academic year, engaging them in individual and group sessions to track both their progress and effective teaching practice.
A second overlapping phase will focus on the development of an app to train auditory imagery - the ability to imagine sounds in the 'mind's ear' - and assess the effect of this on singing.
Recruitment for participants to this project has now finished. Please check back for further updates.