ONE VOICE Course in Integrative Studies



Candidates complete an initial Intensive focusing on integrative curricula in theatre, music and dance. They may then devise individual projects to qualify for certification.

Although "interdisciplinary" has become an international buzz word, separate trainings remain the norm in the US and 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 the initial work.

Likewise, dance teachers and choreographers need 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.



Classes or Lessons include:

  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

Masterclasses include:

  • Professional Voice Care
  • Singing Techniques across genres
  • Approaches to Actor Training
  • Dance Techniques across genres


On Demand (2 or more participants) and One-on-One formats allow for flexible scheduling of the 1st Intensive around travel, academic calendars, and performance commitments.


Course Leaders are available for email and Zoom discussions and for general mentoring of candidates moving toward certification. Guest Artists are available as special advisors. Faculty bios at


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


Application for the One Voice Course 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, dance techniques, vocal coaching in a variety of venues?
  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 for 1st Intensive

On Demand, 2 or more participants $950

One-on-One $1150

Tuition for additional work toward certification TBA

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Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS (Director) is a leading researcher in cross-disciplinary performance techniques and a pioneer in the integration of singing and voice-movement training for actors. She is the author of three groundbreaking textbooks: One Voice: Integrating Techniques across Performance Disciplines, with Kenneth Tom, PhD (3rd ed. Waveland 2022), Dancing with Voice: A Collaborative Journey across Disciplines (Voice Theatre Solutions 2015), 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 Artistic Associate with New York Classical Theatre. She is an Emeritus Professor, California State University Fullerton and has taught at leading centers of drama and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

Jennie Morton BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology (co-founder), 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. Jennie 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 Dance Resource Center. Based in LA, she provides online consulting as well as in-person care. Jennie has published numerous articles on health in the performing arts and is the author of three books: The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask and the Effect On Health; Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger; and The Embodied Dancer: A Guide to Optimal Performance.