I am a PhD student studying the effects of Mindfulness on Musicians in a variety of contexts. I studied postgraduate voice at the Royal College of Music after gaining my BA(Hons) at Reading University where I subsequently taught singing for 8 years. I then performed professionally and taught singing for 10 years. In 2007, I retired from performing to have a family and has since continued my academic studies. However, I continue to love teaching singing and enjoy introducing new students to the joys of making music as well as working to the highest standards preparing students from Grade 1 up to ABRSM Diploma. I have taught at a wide range of levels, recently teaching BTEC Performing Arts and now have a lively private practice. I also taught the Best of Broadway module in the School of Music at Leeds last year and will be doing so again this year. I am also currently working on a post-doc as DARE Academic in Residence Research Assistant in a collaborative project between Leeds University and Opera North.
I am a mindfulness practitioner, having been meditating since 2006 and a researcher into the effects of mindfulness on singers since 2011. My Master's was fully dedicated to this research as is my PhD. My article entitled "Mindfulness for Singers: The effects of a targeted mindfulness course on learning vocal technique" co-authored with Dr Alinka Greasley is now available at the British Journal of Music Education. DOI 10.1017/S0265051715000145. I am currently training to become an MBCT teacher.
Current projects include a 2-year collaboration research project between the University of Leeds and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying the effects of a mindfulness course on music students (completed). A second project will re-run the Mindfulness for Singers course over 2 years at the University of Leeds as a replication study with added longitudinal and control elements (completed). I have recently submitted my thesis. Funding for this PhD was provided by the University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Research Scholarship.
- BA (Hons)
- ARCM (PG)