One of the things that we love about Dr Jenevora Williams is her open, intelligent and enquiring mind. She has contributed to the BAST webinar library and past live training events.
In this interview we find out more about what makes Jenevora tick. She talks about her journey which started as a Botany undergrad, to becoming an opera singer, then getting a PhD in voice science. Her research was around male chorister voices as they went through puberty. Naturally this then led her to writing a book, ‘Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults’, a popular staple in many a singing teacher’s bookshelf.
Jenevora discusses her research findings, how she works with singers needing vocal rehabilitation, her latest topics of favour – the learning process, motor learning theory, and the work she does helping teachers on UK’s only MA Voice Pedagogy degree.
There are a lot of handy teaching gems for you to pick up in this podcast, so don’t miss this one!
Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her book, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, has been enormously popular with singing teachers throughout the world. She is well-known for her imaginative and rigorous training courses for singing teachers in the UK, the US and Europe. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages, as well as working in and training teachers for Vocal Rehabilitation for BAPAM and the NHS.