The Thinking Voice podcast by Dr Jenevora Williams, Robert Sussuma and Stephen King is all about exploring the human voice through open conversation. The format of the podcast is split in to two types of episode; INTERVIEWS and CONVERSATIONS.The Interviews released will follow a standard interview format, with one host interviewing a special guest. The topic of conversation begins with how the guest journeyed into the world of Vocal Health, and often explores a more philosophical and idealistic avenue.The Conversations are played out in real time, and are unplanned musings between Dr Jenevora Williams, Stephen King and Robert Sussuma. These include phenomenological, existential, anatomic, pedagogic and experiential principles. Serious philosophy with some light-hearted interplay.The subject for these conversations is an unplanned topic, one of several that have been pre-set into a randomiser. In listening in, you will be steered down all kinds of cobbled conversational streets between the three hosts, unpicking relevant research or anecdotal concepts and “practice-based evidence”.
Acupuncture For Voice Interview with Caroline Van Looy
Acupuncture has been used and documented to help voice and throat problems since the Book of the Yellow Emperor in 180BCE. In this ancient tome, there is mention of “Plum Stone Throat” or as we would say, Globus Pharyngeous.
Caroline Van Looy, a Masters level Speech Therapist from Belgium joins Stephen King as they discuss the inclusion of Acupuncture in their voice therapy work.
Join the up coming Acupuncture for Voice training in July 2024 here: https://www.vocalhealth.co.uk/medical-acupuncture-voice-swallowing/
The Journey and Gatekeeping Conversation
In this weeks, episode of the Thinking Voice podcast, Robert, Jenevora and Stephen discuss the complexities of gatekeeping and the lengths we go to to keep our education, titles and information truly representable.
This episode also discusses the intricacy of ‘the journey’, be it to our studio, to work, to learn or heal.
The Maurice Goodwin Interview
Dr Jenevora Williams is in conversation with Maurice Goodwin SLP. There is much talk about ‘staying in your lane’ as a clinician or practitioner. What does this mean? Who makes the decisions? What happens if you wander over the line? If we are comparing the regulations in the US with those in the UK, is there really much of a difference, and what are the real practical necessities for us to remain ethically within our scope of practice?
The Chris Johnson Interview
In this episode, Stephen interviews Chris Johnson. Chris Johnson's performance career began in a casual choir, but then the joy (and, sometimes the fear) of stepping out in-front of hundreds of people got addictive. So addictive that it made him develop his own performance which led Chris into the professional world of singing for twelve years; years through which he learned a lot about himself as a performer.
Vocal coaching was inevitably born from that, embarking on a mission to help others avoid having to get a ‘real’ job. Through his coaching work, he's pleased to say that major label artists, West End leads, backing vocalists, singer/songwriters and vocal coach all put their trust in him to take good care of their instruments.
Chris also thoroughly enjoys the work he does with his teacher training company, TeachVoice.com, helping singing teachers all over the world to up-skill and navigate the overwhelming amount of pedagogical options.
In complement to coaching, Chris has trained in laryngeal manual therapies, somatic work, and studied extensively with researchers in vocal acoustics. Through his popular podcast and blog, The Naked Vocalist, he has also had the opportunity to connect and share with many progressive voice researchers and pedagogues.
The Love Conversation
Join our hosts for the “Love Conversation”, where they explore how we might begin to love our voices, and the processes involved in becoming a vocalist. As ever, Dr Jenevora Williams, Robert Sussuma and Stephen King move around the realms of philosophy, music, pedagogy and psychology in order to better flesh out the theories presented in the present.
The Reflux Conversation
Join our hosts Dr Jenevora Williams, Stephen King and Robert Sussuma on an exploration of Reflux. In this episode you’ll hear about the details of Stephen’s latest research paper, the somatic world of Robert and Jenevora’s clinical observations. Of course, the biopsychosocial model makes a timely appearance, as well as an unexpected intruder into Jenevora’s studio (listen to the blooper at the end!)