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PROGRAMMEs of the modules

Vocal music therapy in neurological rehabilitation - Chiara Maria Bieker

The module will provide an overview of vocal music therapy in neurorehabilitation contexts through classroom, interactive and experiential learning experiences. In detail, the following topics will be dealt with:

  • The state of the art. Theory, models and methods. Starting from an analysis of the experiences and facts reported in international literature, the theoretical references and trends, that in recent years have included voice and vocality in the rehabilitation process, will be explored.

  • The populations. Overview of possible target groups of the interventions, their needs, peculiarities and approaches.

  • Individual and group intervention strategies. Analysis of school cases and proposal of workshop experiences.

  • Assessment of music therapeutic interventions. Considerations on the role of the music therapist in the rehabilitation team and presentation of the methods of verification.


Immersion in educational PROEL through phonological experiments - Alfonso Borragán Torre

  • Gelling Code: hydration, humidification and lubrication.

  • New scientific concepts: respiration and vocal tract receptors.

  • Sensory-motor learning.

  • From stiffness to elasticity: unstable balance, facilitating postures, body suspension postures, inversion.

  • Resonance: research methods.

  • Airway impedances.

  • Inertial voice.


Inside the singing voice: knowing, perceiving and experimenting - Eleonora Bruni

During these four hours, the practical functioning of the voice will be thoroughly discussed, while trying to provide the tools and examples to understand and distinguish the various emissions, understand the function of the mechanisms and the transitions along the vocal range.

A full immersion in the three major topics: breath, source of sound and resonance.


The singing brain - Vanessa Candela

The module will deal with exclusive topics relevant to modern neuroscience in relation to singing and the voice. The following topics will be handled with the active participation of all participants: the neural basis of singing, neuroplasticity and singing, the neurochemistry of singing, the senses of singing, the multisensory brain, synaesthesia and voice, neuroscience and pedagogy of singing; musical disorders, neuroscience and choral singing.


The voice of the body – Alberto Conrado

The workshop aims to offer experiences related to the corporeality of the sound phenomenon.

From the listening body to the perceptive descriptors, from the moving body to vocal melody, and from the rhythmic body to body percussion in an Italian Orff-Schulwerk approach.


Becoming Sound - Luciana Del Col

The LichtenbergerⓇ Institut Method, developed by the singer and teacher Gisela Rohmert, highlights an infinite series of connections between body, psyche, sensory organs, environment and sound. All this because using one’s voice means establishing a relationship with many different languages (body, sound, music, spaces, etc.). The core of the experience is, therefore, the development of the sensory ability to perceive the vibration and pulses of the acoustic event. Topics and areas of work involve the body, the speaking and singing voice, acoustics and everyday life.


Circular Music as social practice - Mauro Faccioli

The workshop explores the resources of Circular Music in group, social and educational contexts.
Circular Music encompasses practices such as Drum Circle, Body Percussion (or Body Music), Circle Singing, musical games, dances, which together create a harmonious pathway of awareness and strengthening of self-esteem and teamwork: expressing oneself individually to arrive at a collective creation.
In this module we will explore Circle Singing: a circle of voices, a form of collaborative group vocal improvisation. Voice and body to build community, a vehicle for weaving relationships and establishing trust within groups. Experimenting with the use of rhythm, voice and movement for expressive, relational and educational purposes, in an autopoietic motion. The techniques, resources and values of Circle Singing create a light, playful and comfortable atmosphere, where people can allow themselves to make mistakes and experience themselves, but also bring their own voice, listen to each other and connect with the spirit of the group. Collective learning mode with moments of co-listening, sharing and practical/theoretical frameworks. Key words: improvisation, facilitation, game, game and more game! 

The registers of the singing voice and the laryngeal mechanisms – Franco Fussi

  • Full, mixed and falsetto register, open and covered voice, head and chest consonance.

  • Balancing the laryngeal antagonisms in register management: laryngeal tensor synergisms

  • Mechanism 0: fry, false fold, arytenoid

  • Mechanism 1: modal and full

  • Mix, belting and legit

  • Mechanism 2: falsetto, flute and stop-closure

  • Mechanism 3: laryngeal whistle, stop-closure whistle


The Song of the Voice - Antonella Grusovin


The Song of the Voice is an educational/training module aimed at a step-by-step learning process of the communication and relational techniques of vocal music therapy.

In the first year, the module focuses on the expressive, communication, relational and creative properties of the voice, for both individual and group settings. The awareness given by the experience of the abovementioned properties, gives the music therapist the possibility of assessing, first of all, his/her own vocal abilities. At the same time, the improvisational experience, sided by further vocal detailed studies, raises the awareness of the value and expressive, communication and therapeutic richness of vocality itself.

In the first year, the module includes a substantial experiential part to offer attendees a general understanding of the value of vocal music therapy: in fact, the development of the vocal approach in music therapy promotes an awareness of the sound experience.

The experiential part is supported by theory where constant reference to practical application in music therapy is made.


In the second year, the topics handled in the first year are taken up once again, deepened and completed both with a practical and theoretical approach, especially in view of clinical, preventive and rehabilitative applications.

This module also includes an important in-depth study of group vocal improvisation in the various evolutive stages which may be encountered in the use of music therapy. This topic also includes an experiential and theoretical part.


Voice psychology: vocal identity and awareness - Raffaella Pellegrini

Starting from an overview of the areas of study and application of the voice and singing psychology, the module aims to offer a space for exploration and knowledge of the link between voice, self-expression and wellbeing with the purpose of raising awareness among the participants not only with regards to the use of their own voice, but also at communication and expressive level. As a matter of fact, learning about the characteristics of one’s own voice and style of speech helps to become aware of oneself, how one presents oneself to others and how to promote a more effective communication line.


Voice in the helping therapy and relationship - Lorenzo Pierobon

The voice is often a “marginalised instrument” in relationships and even more so in the practice of care. Instead, it plays a fundamental role in establishing an effective bond and creating a personal identity and group cohesion, favourable to a therapeutic process.

Exploring the different aspects of one’s voice is a personal “way” which “harmoniously” leads to self-knowledge and a healthy relationship with others.

For each of us, the voice can therefore recover its inner place and centrality, and this by “listening” to it, which means listening to oneself.

"Hearing” one’s own voice is like searching and finding possible ways to a new and more authentic relationship with one’s inner and outer world.

After all, it is undeniable that the voice embraces the more or less secret past that each of us carries within, influencing its expression, key, timbre, frequency, etc.


Digital voice and cultures - Francesco Piccardo

In the last two decades, music has become digital, portable, mobile and streaming. Listening has become synonymous with “connection” and the integration with platforms and social networks has allowed many people to promote and share their musical contents.

How do these elements influence our vocality? Which voice-related technologies are being developed and with what consequences?

To date, the majority of music therapists in training have not received any specific type of training in relation to digital cultures, sound identities of digital native patients and the use of new technologies in a therapeutic setting. They often find it difficult to understand what kind of socio-cultural influence these developments are having on the reference population.

The module aims to explore these elements, while trying to stimulate reflection, research and experimentation in the field of the music therapeutic profession.


Voice, phonopathies and proprioception - Monica Salvadori Cavazzon

The purpose of this workshop is to provide theoretical and experiential knowledge, in order to understand how the “voce” phenomena, intended not only as technique but most of all as a form of art and search for sensations and emotions, is realised and created. Notions are provided on the most commonly used techniques in the rehabilitation of voice disorders with particular reference to dysphonies. In addition, practical experiences are also offered, allowing participants to experience proprioception, i.e. awareness and the “re-discovery” of their own voice.


Anatomy-physiology of the larynx. Voice assessment and pathologies - Andrea Ricci Maccarini and Marco Stacchini

Anatomy-physiology of the larynx

  • Extrinsic and intrinsic muscles, the mucosal wave and voice reproduction in the glottis, pulmonary thrust and supraglottic resonance

Voice assessment

  • Fundamental clinical and instrumental investigations: self-assessment and perceptual assessment of dysphonia, video laryngeal stroboscopy, acoustic voice analysis, phoniatric anamnesis and logopaedic assessment

Voice pathologies

  • Congenital and acquired benign vocal fold lesions, laryngeal paralyses

Vocal orientations - Elena Sartori

This module offers a general theoretical framework on the theme of vocality: it begins with the evolutionary and cultural aspects, in general for the human being and specifically for the individual and then explores the theme of primary sound-vocal relationship.

The most common approaches to vocality in the fields of personal growth and music therapy are also illustrated. The workshop includes supplementary experiences in addition to the topics presented.

Voice and wellbeing - Elena Sartori

Voice and wellbeing. This topic is becoming more and more important for the music therapist, as vocality and singing have significant interconnections on a psycho-physical level. The module will focus on theoretical and practical aspects, useful to further study the topic both on a personal and professional level. Music therapists, who carry out a very particular job, can greatly benefit from the practice of vocal activities that allow them to improve their own wellbeing and, at the same time, further perfect the ability of listening to themselves and to others. Another goal of the module concerns the possibility of experiencing moments of group deep listening and sound sharing. Starting from a bodily and sensory approach, instruments offered by the yoga of sound, vocalization, toning, musical scales, singing, chanting and improvisation will be practised.

- Sanne Storm

The choral system - Ida Maria Tosto

The choral group can be considered as a living organism that, just like any open system, uses and transforms energy available (acoustic, bodily, sensory, emotional, musical, etc.) and releases it in the form of an event which is, first and foremost, a collective experience, and therefore, an artistic product.

The workshop aims to explore the dynamics of this transformation process and the network of relationships that, when created, give life to the choral experience.

Experience of singing and transfer for professional development - Sylka Uhlig

Del Col
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