Be the teacher you wish you’d had.
Give the advice you wish you’d known.
Recognise when to ask for help.
Boost your CV with this externally accredited course.
Fully accredited course
10 hours of film content
15 mins a day
for 6 weeks
LIVE online assessment
What is Vocal Health First Aid?
An understanding of vocal health and the factors that can affect vocal wellbeing.
Practical skills to spot the signs of a range of vocal dysfunction and imbalance.
Knowledge to help someone towards recovery by:
- Guiding them in self-management, or
- Passing them on to further support, whether that is specialist vocal rehabilitation coaching or clinical treatment
“I loved all the information presented in the course, I found each video very informative and useful. I found Chris Johnson’s Assessment methods and movement series particularly helpful. I really appreciated the focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing and overall systemic health and the ways in which these are intrinsically connected. Jenevora and Line’s presentations really complemented each other on this front and provided such a comprehensive approach that links in with the course content so beautifully. I also personally enjoyed learning more about how voices are assessed by specialists and found the videos from the pathology section fascinating. I also really enjoyed my assessment/interview at the end of the course, it was great to speak in person to Eimear and apply what I have learnt to the scenarios but also to reflect on the experience.”
– Cate Dyer
Qualified Vocal Health First Aider
“This course has given me the confidence and information I needed to learn more about the voice and be able to apply it to a teaching environment. It is absolutely fantastic and I would recommend to anyone and everyone who wishes to develop their understanding of vocal health. I’ve learnt more about vocal anatomy and health with this course than I have at university! Thank you!”
– Ruby Groucott
Qualified Vocal Health First Aider
“I was a little nervous going into the final assessment but found it such a kind and calm environment/process. I was pleased that I actually knew more than I thought and feel much more confident now because of that.”
– Nikki Wheeldon
Qualified Vocal Health First Aider
What does a qualified Vocal Health First Aider do?
Listen & Look
Ask & Assess
Reassure & Refer
Where does a qualified Vocal Health First Aider work?
The VHFA will be integral to policy-making and scheduling, so that vocal health considerations are woven into the fabric of these organisations and institutions. Every touring company, conservatoire, theatre company, choral society or theatre school needs a Vocal Health First Aider, who will be the first port of call for any voice user with a problem.
Prioritise vocal health in your workplace by ensuring you have a Vocal Health First Aider on your team.
How does the VHE qualification work?
When you sign into our online learning platform, you will be guided through 37 short films that make up 7 of the 8 units of the qualification. At the end of the course content, there are 7 multiple choice assessments relating to each unit of content. There are approximately 10 hours of learning content to watch in total
and these videos are able to be viewed as many times as needed. Additionally, we provide supporting material for Units 1-7 in the form of PDFs. These documents have all the slides shown in the films and are downloadable for your personal use only.
6 weeks to complete the multiple-choice questions
When you sign up, you have 6 weeks in which to complete Units 1-7 of the VHFA course, meaning that you can organise your learning experience around your work / life schedule.
How do I qualify as a Vocal Health First Aider?
In order to pass the online learning platform, ready for your final LIVE assessment with one of our specialists, you need to pass each of the first 7 units with 65%.
If you do not attain a 65% pass mark for one quiz unit, you will be given a second attempt. Once the assessment is in progress, you are unable to access the course content until the unit quiz has been completed. However, before your second attempt at the quiz you may return to the unit content to revise and look over any notes you have made.
If after your second attempt you do not reach a 65% pass mark, you will be required to resit that individual unit. This will be arranged with the VHFA Course Manager.
To resit any units that you didn’t reach the 65% pass mark on after the second attempt there will be a £25 administration fee. This fee will cover a single resit of each of Units 1-7 needing to be re-sat. This can be purchased from our website.
21 days to complete the 1-2-1 interview
Once Units 1-7 are successfully completed, you will have a 1-2-1 interview with an assessor to complete Unit 8 of the course. This is an opportunity to discuss your understanding of the course content alongside how you will implement your knowledge moving forward. You have 21 days after completion of Units 1-7 to complete Unit 8.
If you did not meet the assessment criteria for Unit 8 you will need to resit the interview. You will have 2 weeks to review the course material using your initial exam feedback to guide you toward the areas you need to revisit. You will then resit the 1-2-1 interview at the end of those 2 weeks. The fee to resit Unit 8 is £67.
When you have completed and passed all 8 units, you will be awarded your Certificate in Vocal Health First Aid; a fully CPD accredited level 2 course. The certificate is valid for three years, at the end of this time, you will be sent a reminder to re-register with Vocal Health Education.
What will I learn?
- What is Vocal Health First Aid (Stephen King and Dr Jenevora Williams)
- The Bio-Psycho-Social Model (Stephen King)
- Considering the Whole Body (Line Hilton)
- Singers Are Human, Too! (Line Hilton)
- An Introduction to Mindfulness (Dr. Anne-Marie Czajkowski)
- Practical Mindfulness (Dr. Anne-Marie Czajkowski)
- Mind/Body 1 (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Mind/Body 2 (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Mind/Body 3 (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Anatomy 1 – Body Balance (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Anatomy 2 – Head and Neck (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Anatomy 3 – Breathing and Posture (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Anatomy 4 – The Vocal Tract (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Anatomy 5 – The Larynx (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Anatomy 6 – The Vocal Folds (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Assessing Tension I (Stephen King)
- Assessing Tension II (Stephen King)
- Vocal Assessment Methods (Chris Johnson)
- Speaking Voice Assessment (Lydia Hart SLT)
- Grading the Voice (Lydia Hart SLT)
- Movement Series 1 (Chris Johnson)
- Movement Series 2 (Chris Johnson)
- Movement Series 3 (Chris Johnson)
- Building Intuition and Functional Listening Skills (Chris Johnson)
- Joint Voice Clinic (Natalie Watson ENT)
- Pathology (Natalie Watson ENT)
- It’s All Connected (Line Hilton)
- Hydration and Reflux (Duncan Rock)
- The Holistic Approach (Line Hilton)
- Voice and The Ageing Process (Joanne Bozeman)
- Female Voice and The Hormonal Landscape I (Joanne Bozeman)
- Female Voice and The Hormonal Landscape II (Joanne Bozeman)
- An Introduction to Straw Phonation (Oren Boder)
- Common Myths and Myth Busting (Duncan Rock)
- Exercise and the Voice (Duncan Rock)
- The Singer’s First Aid Kit (Dr Jenevora Williams)
- Course Summary (Eimear McCarthy Luddy)
Vocal Health First Aid Tutors
Anne-Marie also has 20+ years vocal teaching experience from nervous beginners and those with learning difficulties up to University first study and Diploma standard students. She currently runs a lively private singing teaching practice at Leeds Conservatoire and Garforth Academy and has recently been appointed as a Teaching Fellow in both the Music Psychology and Music Performance Departments at Leeds University.
Anne-Marie has also recently published the following peer-reviewed journal article reporting the results from the Mindfulness for Singers study she did for her PhD: Czajkowski, A.-M. L., Greasley, A. E., & Allis, M. (2021). Mindfulness for Singers: A mixed methods replication study. Music & Science, 4.