Available for purchase
- Comprehensive account of how to provide for changing voices in class vocal work for children of any background/ability
- Summary of advances in choral/vocal pedagogy in the USA and how to apply these in UK schools
- Research- and practice-based account of the Cambiata singing principle as adapted for use in the UK
- Analysis of the difficulties in motivating young adolescents to sing in school, with practical solutions
- Ideal resource and confidence booster for teachers for whom singing is not the main specialism
This CD is the outcome of a unique scientific project that followed the career of a boy “treble” from age 10:02 to the time of the ending of the “treble” voice (age 12:08 in this case). The CD contains solo tracks recorded at different stages in the singer’s development and uniquely demonstrates the subtle changes in the “treble” sound brought about by growth and maturation. It is both a source of scientific interest and a product to be enjoyed by any who appreciate the sweet singing of a young boy. There are more details of the project here.
Latest and forthcoming publications
Academic publishing is changing. There is a move towards greater access. Some articles are now open source, others in more traditional journals are now available to all readers via institutional repositories and authors’ sites. You can access here my most recently published peer reviewed articles:
The English choral tradition and the secular trend in boys’ pubertal timing. International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. Read IJRCS Secular Trend.
Broken voices or a broken curriculum?: the impact of research on UK choral practice with boys. British Journal of Music Education, May 2013. 2013 BJME Broken Curriculum
“Boyes are apt to change their voices at about fourteen years of age:” An historical background to the debate about longevity in boy treble singers. Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music, 2013 Read Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music
Most of my public output is stored in the Edge Hill University Research Archive (EHRA). You will find links to EHRA for each article in my publication list if you go to this page.
Release to the press of the results of my work on the timing of puberty and voice change in the run-up to Christmas 2012 resulted in “very creative” work by journalists. The Daily Telegraph probably took the prize for the most invented quotes as well as the greatest degree of exaggeration. Fortunately, I was invited by Cathedral Voice to give a plain language account of what I actually said. Read Cathedral Voice.
You will find other media reports (of varying degrees of accuracy) on this page.