Getting Hands On – Palpitation Skills for Assessment

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Date(s) - 16/03/2019
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Arden School of Theatre


Palpation and handling skills for singing/spoken voice teachers, speech therapists and vocal rehabilitation coaches at The Arden School of Theatre, Manchester

Our ears and eyes are great, but sometimes our hands are better. This workshop will explore using our hands to safely assess resting tension levels in the neck, appropriate gestures of respiratory support in the abdomen, and body alignment manoeuvres. We will also look at the safest and most comfortable ways of using our hands on our clients when doing alignment/posture and respiratory support exercises. Participants will take turns pairing up with one another to “get a feel” for many body types. All participants should be comfortable being touched and touching others.

This workshop is designed for experienced singing/spoken voice teachers, speech therapists working with performers, and vocal rehabilitation coaches. If you are unsure if the event is suitable for you please get in touch before booking.

This six hour workshop is priced at less than one hour’s private training with Dane Chalfin and the venue is walking distance from both Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly. The event is not catered though tea/coffee are available at the venue. Participants are invited to stay for a drink after the workshop for some networking and community building.

PLEASE NOTE: The skills covered in this workshop are not for use in manual therapy or manipulation of the larynx, which should only be performed by practitioners with appropriate medical/therapy qualifications and training. This workshop is looking at handling skills for assessment only.

Space limited to 14 participants.
This event is not catered. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Cancellation Policy:
30 days + notice = 90% refund
14-29 days notice = 50% refund
0-14 days notice = no refunds

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Your Presenter
DANE CHALFIN – Vocal Rehabilitation Coach

Dane Chalfin a UK-based Vocal Rehabilitation Coach and Singing Teacher with clients include charting bands/artists, West End productions of Rock of Ages, Wind and the Willows, Sunny Afternoon and Motown; national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, The Producers, Evita, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia; and record labels including Sony, Columbia, Universal, Polydor and many independents. TV work includes shows like The One Show, The Voice and Eurovision.

Dane’s clinic-based research into the physiology of Primal Sound in contemporary singing styles, pedagogy, and endoscopic assessment of singing voice disorders are being used by singing teachers, speech therapists and choir directors across the UK. This work has been presented at many national and international voice conferences over the last twelve years. You can read more about this research and its applications here.
Dane has been a Director of the British Voice Association for 10 years and was President from 2015-2016. He is also a member of the Medical Committee of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the Musicians Wellbeing Advisory Board of Help Musicians UK. He formerly held the positions of Associate Professor of Vocal Rehabilitation at Leeds College of Music, Senior Lecturer in Pop Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music, Teaching Fellow at LIPA and Lecturer in Voice at University of Salford.

Dane has written chapters for TC-Helicon’s The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money and Health; The Singer/Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury 2017); the second edition of Compton Publishing’s The Voice Clinic Handbook; and his book Primal Voice in Pop, Rock and Theatre will be available soon.