A Weekend Workshop: Speaking and Singing with the Same Voice

January 11 2013 to January 13 2013

For Actors, Singers, Dancers, Teachers, Directors and Medical Specialists in Performing Arts

Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS, author of One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques, with Kenneth Tom, PhD and of Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors 

Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, NYC 10018

Friday 6 - 9 PM, Saturday 10 - 5, Sunday 10 - 2


Tuition $250, Students $230, payable by cash, check, or

Online Registration

For questions or additional information, please contact joan.melton@joanmelton.com.

No tuition refund after December 31, 2012.

Too often performers are conditioned to think they have a “speaking voice” and a “singing voice.” Yet, in fact, the voice we use to speak, laugh, cry, shout, scream, yawn, and call out is the same voice we use to sing!

Joan Melton is a pioneer in the integration of singing techniques and voice/movement training for the actor. Her work brings together the worlds of singing and acting training in an approach that is physically energizing, vocally freeing, and infinitely practical. She has taught at leading centers of theatre and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, and NZ, and has worked as a performer, music director, and/or voice and text coach on productions in virtually all media. Joan is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework(R) and heads groundbreaking research projects in the US and Australia.


This three-day course is divided into four sessions:

  • Session I introduces new information and experiential work connecting the technical trainings of actors, dancers and singers across a wide range of performance genres.
  • Session II focuses on foundational aspects of technique: alignment, breath management, range, resonance, articulation, and connection, as outlined in One Voice (Waveland 2012).
  • Session III integrates movement and dance trainings as it explores techniques for extended voice use, including laughing, crying, calling, screaming.
  • Session IV looks at phrasing for speaking and singing and includes opportunities for individual coaching of monologues, songs, or other performance material.


Please wear clothing that allows you to move easily and have written music available for Session IV if you plan to sing.