The voice at and after the vocal folds with Dr Ron Morris

The voice at and after the vocal folds with Dr Ron Morris

Friday 16th July 2021 - Sunday 18th July 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Reserve Space(s)


Led by internationally-acclaimed Speech Therapist, Audiologist and Countertenor, Dr Ron Morris, we are thrilled to welcome him back to Musicfest Aberystwyth 2021. This course looks at what happens further up the vocal tract (though we will spend a bit of time on the larynx itself!). We will look at some of the more recent research into registers and resonance (yes, vowel acoustics!) and refresh our knowledge of the articulators and their effects on the voice. Topics, activities, and areas of interest will include: Registration, the science, and some of the scary acoustics; Why can’t singers, singing teachers and scientists agree?; What is the difference between laryngeal mechanism, singing voice registration and acoustic registration?; Resonance, what it actually is and what it is not!; How does resonance change the voice?; Vowels and vowel acoustics, passive vs active modification of the vowel; Articulation the unexplored key to vocal efficiency; and What do I do about my naughty tongue and jaw?

About our course leader

Dr Ron Morris, Speech Therapist, Audiologist and Counter-Tenor, initially graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 with an Honours degree in Speech Therapy. Ron also holds a Performer’s Certificate from Trinity College London and in 2001 he completed a Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. As part of that degree Ron undertook additional vocal studies in London with Mrs Janice Chapman OAM as well as studying Accent Method Breathing with Ms Dinah Harris and Mrs Ingrid Rugheimer. Ron holds a PhD in music for a study examining the use of Accent Method Breathing with singers. Ron’s new book on Accent Method based on his PHD ‘If In Doubt Breath Out’ was released in 2016.

Our digital summer school 2021

For 2021, we are committed to providing the world-class, MusicFest experience that you have grown to love. Although we are not able to host our summer school in-person, we are working hard to provide a selection of courses online with our internationally renowned tutors. After your place on one of our 2021 courses has been accepted and confirmed, you will be sent a course pack outlining a detailed schedule, access details for your online sessions, and further information for you to get the most out of these special opportunities.

Financial Support

Musicfest Aberystwyth welcomes bursary students from all over the world and prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. We do not wish finance to be a barrier to attending our Summer School so our bursaries (funds towards the cost of fees) are available to help students, graduates and young musicians attend our courses. Friends of MusicFest provide bursaries towards MusicFest Aberystwyth course fees for students in full-time education. The number of bursaries available is limited, so it is essential you apply as soon as possible.  For more information and how to apply, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.

For more information about financial support, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.


Request a space on this course

You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.

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Date(s) - Friday 16th July 2021 - Sunday 18th July 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am