Dr Jean Callaghan

Vocal performance and pedagogy classes.

Jean used the language of belt and twang where appropriate for the musical theatre pieces. This was particularly useful for classically trained singers who now must know how to teach students in the contemporary style. Common language is essential in these sessions and Jean has that nailed through her academic research and her own teaching experience. – Di Spence, South Australia

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Individual lectures or courses of lectures on a range of musical and vocal topics.

The research Jean has put into the singing voice and how to teach it was exemplified in the content of this session. I was impressed with, and amazed by, her depth of knowledge on the subject of the teaching of singing. There is a commonsense component to what Jean said, as well as some points which a few may have found revolutionary. — Leanne Hoad, Singing Teacher, South Australia

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Expert assistance for singers preparing a new role (opera or music theatre), getting ready for an audition, or dealing with particular vocal problems.

Thank you for teaching me to have good posture (occasionally) and to put pressure on muscles most people don’t know exist. Oh, and to sing the same note going down as going up. Loudly. And nicely. Did I forget anything? Oh yes, not to conduct myself. I hope you always keep your healthy sense of humour and sense of fun – the best qualities in a good teacher. I always do enjoy my lessons… — 19-yr-old soprano, Sydney

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Looking at voice science from the practitioner’s viewpoint, Singing and Science: Body, Brain and Voice (second edition, 2014) is a comprehensive book for singers, teachers of singing, voice scientists, or speech-language pathologists working with singers who are interested in how the singing voice works and how to apply that knowledge in assisting performers.

Discussions on the role of the brain and mind in music and language, and in psychomotor learning and performance, are new to the second edition. … The book is well-referenced, and it provides practical summaries of current concepts and research as they relate to the performing voice. … It is a valuable addition to the literature.Journal of Voice, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2015

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Jean was one of the research team at Sydney University that brought together specific research into the use of visual feedback in the training of singers to develop the computer software Sing&See™. Sing&See™ converts vocal sound into visual displays showing different aspects of the voice (including pitch, timbre and loudness).

The manual, How to Sing and See, was written by Jean with Pat Wilson. Specially designed for teachers using, it is a comprehensive guide to using Sing&See™ in ways that will foster both vocal and musical development.

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