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Information Exchange

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: administrator@britishvoiceassociation.org.uk 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.


Faculty Equity in Musical Theatre Programs


Contact: Elizabeth Benson. Email: ebenson1@auburn.edu, tel.  (334) 844-6748

You may participate if you are currently employed (or have been employed in the past) as a faculty member in a college/university program offering musical theatre training. You must be 19 or older to participate. Participants will be asked to spend 15-20 minutes completing an online survey. We will be seeking responses until July 31. There are no risks, compensation, benefits, or costs involved in the survey. The survey is hosted by Qualtrics and all data will remain protected through Qualtrics's encryption software. Information collected through your participation may be used in conference presentations and journal publications, but all data will remain anonymous.

Link to the online survey: https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0jiasokAO75VuXs



Is there is a difference in the way we perceive pitch through bone and muscle conduction and air conduction?


Contact: Thomas Edmonds. Email pfee006@live.rhul.ac.uk

If anyone wants a little lockdown project I'm still in need of plenty of volunteers to help with my PhD data collection. No criteria to take part, anyone is welcome to give it a go!

I am doing a PhD at Royal Holloway University of London and my research is exploring if there is a difference in the way we perceive pitch through bone and muscle conduction and air conduction. More specifically how we hear pitch in our own voice vs external pitch. There will be an information sheet, a button test programme, an audio track which will talk through what you need to do and a questionnaire.

There are two tests, one is a one to one pitch matching test where the track will play a series of notes and you will need to use the button test programme to find which button best matches the note you heard. The second test will be to sing happy birthday starting on a note that is played on the track. The first time will be sung normally, the second with headphones in or on but not plugged into anything, and the final time they will be plugged into the instructional track which will play white noise. Due to Covid-19, all data collection will be conducted remotely. I will send out all materials on an individual basis based on their voice type. Anyone is welcome to take part but some computer literacy is required. If you aren't confident with technology, we can arrange to do a zoom call and record it that way.


Student and Teacher Relationships in the Voice Studio


Contact: Valerie.Sims@ucf.edu, tel. 407-823-0343

Our research team at the University of Central Florida has created a voluntary research survey (Student and Teacher Relationships in the Voice Studio) to explore the unique dynamics and relationships of the private voice studio within the collegiate musical theatre program. It is our hope that you will forward the link on to others within your sphere be they students, colleagues, or alums that can help us to do valuable research into an underrepresented area of our field. This survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board and no identifying information will be revealed to our research team. The survey takes approximately 15–20 minutes to complete. We look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience. The team will be seeking responses until March 31, 2021.

Link to the online survey: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9TQm4pwZ2ApdSa9


COVID-19 and teaching singing online


Contact: Kelly Pecina. Email: kelly.pecina@hdr.mq.edu.au. Phone: +61 402 421 334

All singing teachers who teach face-to-face, online, or both, and have at least two year’s singing teaching experience, are invited to participate in a study focusing on teaching singing online.

If you decide to participate, you will be required to complete an online survey, in which you will answer questions about COVID-19 and teaching singing online.

Participation in the survey is anonymous, and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. An Information and Consent Form is included at the start of the survey, providing further information on the project. The survey closes 30th January 2021.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and no payment will be made for your involvement.

Link to the online survey: https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6V8eFEe0oZcafop


Speech and Language Therapy Survey: Two week wait head and neck cancer pathway


Contact: Professor Jo Patterson. Email: joanne.patterson@liverpool.ac.uk

We are seeking responses from Speech and Language Therapists working with an ENT caseload, within the U.K. The survey is designed to get a better understanding of SLT perspectives on the development of a SLT Low Risk Two Week Wait Head and Neck Cancer Clinic, for patients referred with hoarseness. It takes just 5–10 minutes to complete. Access to the link will close on 30th September 2020. Many thanks for your contribution The survey can be accessed by clicking on this link https://newcastle.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/slt-2ww


Delphi consensus survey – Developing reading passages for the assessment of speech and voice


Contact: Timothy Pommée. Email: timothy.pommee@irit.fr. Tel. +33 603035148

The aim of this project is to involve a large international panel of professionals (clinicians and researchers) active in the fields of speech and voice, in order to reach a consensus on what criteria have to be taken into account when creating a standard reading passage for speech/voice assessment. There also appears to be a lack of consensus regarding the terminology of speech-related concepts as well as the assessment methods, which in turn may influence the decisions taken when implementing new speech assessment materials. This consensus survey will be structured as follows:

  1. Definitions of speech-related concepts*
  2. Perceptual and objective speech measures*
  3. Criteria for creating standard reading passages

*questions in these sections will only be presented to participants with activities in speech and fluency disorders

Target audience: This study is addressed to professionals (clinicians, researchers, lecturers) who are currently engaged in activities in at least one of the following fields:

– speech sound disorders (incl. dysarthria, apraxia/dyspraxia, orofacial structural deficits, head and neck oncology, velar insufficiencies, hearing impairment and articulation disorders)

– fluency disorders (stuttering/stammering)

– voice disorders

For a more comprehensive description of the project, please find the information notice and the invitation letter in a repository via this link: https://filesender.renater.fr/?s=download&token=479d3c61-897c-4770-8b44-ec955c12b2b7

Link to the online survey: https://enquetes.univ-tlse3.fr/index.php/623792?lang=en


Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (RRP)


Contact: Emma Bellilos, AIR RRP. Website: www.rrp.org.uk.

Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (RRP) causes wart-like growths in the airway making it difficult to breathe, speak and swallow. It is a rare condition (affecting 1-4 per 100,000 in UK population), but almost twice as common in children as in adults. There is currently no cure, and patients typically require multiple surgical interventions to remove the growths, which can grow back quickly. A national survey of ENT consultants around the UK (Donne et al., 2016) found that at least 16 different interventions for RRP were being used in the NHS, and there is a lack of data on their comparative safety and efficacy. Clinical advice is that the lack of information currently available on the condition and the relative risks and benefits of the various treatment options is very distressing for patients and their families. UK specific information is particularly scarce (most of what is available is US based and may not be generalisable to UK practice).

To address this evidence gap we secured NIHR funding (Research for Patient Benefit; PB-PG-0416-10041) to develop a national online database (AIR:RRP) to gather observational data on all interventions for RRP in NHS settings across the UK. Data collected includes: patient demographic information, medical assessment, voice quality assessment, surgical details and in-hospital outcomes for all hospital attendances.

Following feedback from a patient group, we developed the patient facing website which allows patients who have consented to participate in the study to submit voice assessment questionnaires whenever they feel there has been a change in their voice quality via a secure, online portal (so no need for additional hospital visits). Over the course of the study, this will give a much richer picture of the voice quality implications of the different treatment options.

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Singing 2.0: Teaching Singing Online


Contact: Kelly Pecina / kelly.pecina@hdr.mq.edu.au / +61 402 421 334

This online survey relates to research investigating teaching singing online for my PhD at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. This research aims to benefit the singing teaching community, as well as educational institutions in relation to the delivery of music education online. All singing teachers who teach face-to-face, online, or both, and have at least two year’s singing teaching experience are invited to complete the online survey containing questions related to teaching singing. Even if participants do not teach singing online, their opinions are sought, as the purpose of the study is to explore the potential challenges and benefits for teaching singing online. Participation in the survey is anonymous, and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. An Information and Consent Form is included at the start of the survey, providing further information on the project. The survey closes 24th December 2019.

Complete the survey


The pedagogical characteristics of elite voice teachers and the commonalities, if any, in their approach


Contact: Heather Fletcher / heather.fletcher@unimelb.edu.au / +61 405 630 660

This online survey relates to my PhD research at The University of Melbourne, Australia investigating the pedagogical characteristics of elite voice teachers and the commonalities, if any, in their approach. Participation is anonymous and a plain language statement at the start of the link explains the project in greater detail, including ethics approval information (Project ID 1750622.1). The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and closes on February 4th.

Complete the survey



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