Information Exchange is dedicated to data collecting, audits, surveys and research – putting those in the field of voice in touch with each other. If you would like your project to be listed here, please email: email@example.com with the following information:
- Your contact name
- Your email address and phone number
- A brief description of your research project and objectives.
- A link to your proposed project (if available)
Disclaimer: Inclusion on this web page does not constitute endorsement by the British Voice Association.
Research project: How successful are the current rehabilitation methods for treating vocal dysfunction in professional singers?
Contact: Alice Wesson / firstname.lastname@example.org / 07891 360375
I am nearing the completion of my Masters degree in Professional Voice Practice at Birmingham School of Acting. Prior to my Masters degree I studied for a BA in Musical Theatre. I am currently undertaking research into finding singers and speech and language therapists’ perspectives and opinions on how successful they feel the voice rehabilitation process currently is for singers with vocal dysfunction. Is the rehabilitation process geared more toward the spoken voice, and therefore the singer is less likely to use the exercises given during rehabilitation as a part of their daily vocal warm up routine?
I am interested in hearing from anyone who takes interest in this topic or has anything they feel that they could put forward to influence my research. Also, I am looking specifically to interview singers who have suffered with vocal dysfunction themselves, as well as speech and language therapists who work closely with voice rehabilitation in singers. Semi-structured interviews will help me gain various individual perspectives on the subject. Any thoughts on the subject put forward will help to influence and focus my research project invaluably.
Singers who have/had suffered with vocal dysfunction please feel free to fill out my short online survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3ZS9FGT
Research: Vocal Health Awareness in Singing Students and Teachers
Contact: Anneliese Sayes / email@example.com / 07815 634494
I am a junior doctor and singer, currently studying for a Masters in Performance Science at the RCM. I am undertaking research into the current knowledge levels of vocal anatomy, physiology and pathology in Singing Students (within the conservatoire and university systems) and Singing Teachers. I am currently recruiting singing teachers and singing students to complete a short 10-15 minute questionnaire. There is a separate questionnaire for students and singers.
The project has been reviewed by my supervisory team, who are members of the CUK Research Ethics Committee (REC).
Questionnaires can be downloaded here: bapam.org.uk/news/vocal-health-research/
Benign vocal fold lesions (polyps, cysts, nodules) + post-operative voice therapy
I am a Speech and Language Therapist working in Nottingham and I am currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical Research at the University of Manchester. My dissertation will be preliminary work into the development of a treatment schedule for patients who have undergone surgery for benign vocal fold lesions such as polyps, cysts and nodules. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has an interest in this area and who has thoughts, questions, uncertainties and/or frustrations about this area of voice therapy. Your thoughts will help to influence the focus of the study.
In addition, I am looking for Specialist Speech and Language Therapists (Band 6 and above) who would like to be involved in a semi-structured interview discussing their views on post operative voice therapy. Interviews will last a maximum of an hour. I am seeking therapists who work in Voice disorders and who regularly see this patient group (defined as delivering post operative voice therapy at least once a month). Therapists must work in the NHS setting in England. If you are interested, please get in touch via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and I will send you an information sheet.
Anxious Singers needed for Transformational Breathing® Research Project
Contact: Dr Philippa Wheble / firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a GP and musician currently studying for a Masters in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London. I am also a qualified Transformational Breath Facilitator. I am undertaking research to investigate the effect of Transformational Breathing in the management of Anxiety in Professional Voice users. Transformational Breathing is a diaphragmatic breathing technique combining deep relaxation, meditation and accupressure. It is taught in one-to-one sessions with a trained coach. I am looking for singers who are either in training or have earned money for their voice in the last 12 months (including teaching) who experience performance anxiety and would like to feel better. Volunteers will need to complete questionnaires about anxiety and wellbeing and have blood pressure, heart rate and breathing tests done. They will be allocated to either the treatment group or to a control group who will be offered treatment at the end of the study. Participants will attend the Royal College of Music on 3 occasions for 1-2 hours each time. All participants will leave the study with the ability to use this breathing technique independently.
Link to project: www.facebook.com/groups/breathdoctor/
The impact of singing on the brain
Contact: Kamala Katbamna / email@example.com / 07989 976 316
I'm a musician working with neuroscientists to examine the impact of singing on the brain. We're now recruiting potential participants for two research projects (subject to funding). Project 1 with University College London: looking for participants aged 18-40 years without singing experience. Participants will sing with me first face-to-face, and then while their brain is scanned in an fMRI scanner. Project 2 with Ashridge Business School: looking for participants aged 18+ who are novice, amateur or experienced singers. Participants will sing in chorus, lead each other, and sing solo while their heart rate variance is monitored. All research will take place in Central London. Please contact Kamala for further details.
Assessment and intervention practices for children with Autism
Contact: International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)
IALP is putting a request out for speech language pathologists/therapists to participate in an international survey related to current assessment and intervention practices for children with Autism. The survey is being conducted as part of the IALP Child Language Committee, and members of that committee have received ethical clearance to conduct this research. The findings of the survey will be presented at the IALP conference in Dublin in August 2016.
Link to project: http://canterbury.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zbKui45JR66pmZ
Group singing as a therapeutic tool as part of drug or alcohol rehabilitation?
Contact: Sarah Rayani / firstname.lastname@example.org / I am currently overseas and my US tel. number is 0016 467 092405
I am investigated whether group singing can be used as a therapeutic tool as part of drug or alcohol rehabilitation. Please contact me if you have any experience working with addicts, have an addiction yourself or with any other information of how singing effects people suffering with addiction.