ONE VOICE Course in Integrative Studies VI

July 09 2018 to July 14 2018


Participants will complete an initial Intensive focusing on integrative curricula in theatre, music and dance. They may then devise individual projects or take advanced work to qualify for certification.

Although "interdisciplinary" has become an international buzz word, separate trainings remain the norm in the US and in most other parts of the world. Yet the value to performers in a more comprehensive approach can be enormous, as singers, actors and dancers seek to diversify skills, work across media, and access multiple styles.

For voice teachers, the biggest gap in both singing and acting training is typically that between voice and dance. Therefore, dance pedagogies figure prominently in this initial course.

For dance teachers and choreographers, it is equally essential to understand the training backgrounds of actors and singers in order to ensure movement is sympathetically created to encompass vocal requirements. Therefore, voice and acting pedagogies are integral to the curriculum.

While participants will not be expected to develop advanced skills in all areas, they should come out with an awareness of the physical requirements and technical language of related disciplines, and enough practical experience to communicate across boundaries.




July 9 – 14, 2018

Four 90-minute classes each day, plus individual sessions with faculty and a full day with Guest Artists:

  1. Voice (including singing)/Movement Integration
  2. Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Integrative Research/Practical Applications
  4. Speech/Dialects; Prose/Poetic/Dramatic Text
  5. Dance Techniques; Voice/Dance Integration

Master classes include:

  • Professional Voice Care
  • Singing Techniques
  • Dance for Musical Theatre
  • Approaches to Actor Training


Upon completion of the initial course, each participant may devise a personal and approved curriculum toward certification, e.g., studying singing, learning to read music, taking an acting course or dance classes, doing a research project.


Course Leaders will be available for email and Skype discussions and for general mentoring of those moving toward certification. Guest Artists will be available as special advisors.


Once registration is completed (deadline May 1, 2018), participants will receive a list of recommended reading.


Please contact Joan Melton at or Jennie Morton at if you have questions or need additional information.


Application for the One Voice Course 2018 should include a Personal Statement addressing the following questions, along with a brief CV:

  1. What, specifically, would you like to be able to do as a result of completing the course?
  2. What are your strengths as a performer, teacher, coach, and/or therapist?
  3. What areas do you want to explore and/or strengthen—e.g., research skills, musicianship, acting (training/experience), knowledge of anatomy/physiology, speech/dialects, basic dance terminology, vocal coaching in a variety of venues, experience with classical text?
  4. Are you interested in: 1) certification; 2) the introductory course only; or 3) are you unsure at this point?

Please send application materials to Joan Melton at



TUITION before April 15, 2018, $950

April 15 – May 1, 2018, $1000

TUITION after May 1, 2018, $1050

No tuition refund after May 15, 2018

Tuition for additional work toward certification TBA

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Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS, is a pioneer in the integration of singing pedagogies and voice/movement training for the actor. A leading researcher in cross-disciplinary performance techniques, she is the author of three groundbreaking textbooks: Dancing with Voice: A Collaborative Journey across Disciplines (Voice Theatre Solutions 2015), One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques, with Kenneth Tom, PhD (2nd ed., Waveland 2012), and Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors (Allworth 2007). Joan has worked as a performer, composer, voice coach and/or music director on productions in virtually all media, and is an Associate Artist with New York Classical Theatre. She is an Emeritus Professor, California State University Fullerton, on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, and has taught at leading centers of drama and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Australia and NZ. She currently heads research projects in the US and Australia.

Jennie Morton BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology, began her career as a ballet dancer before moving into musical theatre, film, and television. She is now an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of performing artists, and a performance coach for dancers, instrumentalists, and professional voice users. She was on the creative team for the MSc Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London, where she is an Honorary Lecturer. She provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, students, teachers, and medical professionals on healthy practice for performing artists, and is on the Board of Directors for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). Jennie is adjunct faculty at Chapman University, College of Performing Arts, is the Wellness Professor at the Colburn School in LA, and treats performers from an office in West Hollywood. She has published numerous articles on performing arts healthcare and is author of The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask and the Effect On Health (Compton 2015).