Bo Rosenkull, Yvonne Schiffelers, Santisa Viljoen

Yvonne Schiffelers

Santisa Viljoen

What a wonderful world: international teaching-learning experiences in singing

This paper reports the findings of qualitative research that relied on the collaboration of three voice pedagogues and a number of senior voice students from Sweden, The Netherlands and South Africa. The involvement of synchronous and asynchronous teaching-learning opportunities, as well as a convergence of face-to-face and distance learning, resulted in adopting blended learning as the teaching-and learning approach.

The multicultural social contexts across the world requires processes of multicultural education to be considered when preparing voice students for performances, competitions and careers. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to understand how the collaboration between voice pedagogues and students from three different countries can enhance the music education of singers who come from diverse cultural contexts. This research is significant because it offers suggestions on methods and processes that might be used to achieve international collaboration in preparing voice students in the above-mentioned fields.

Technologies used to create, design and facilitate teaching-learning material and experiences included hypermedia, social messaging applications and voice over protocol, as well as computer software. Data were collected throughout the research process by conducting semi-structured interviews and observing the participants’ experiences.

We anticipate that the results will show that such international collaboration is possible.

Bo Rosenkull studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the University of Music in Gothenburg and at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. After graduating, Bo continued his training by attending workshops and taking private lessons. Besides specialising in Western art music, Bo also trained in pop/rock singing and studied choral conducting with Stefan Parkman at the Körcentrum in Uppsala. He is also a highly appreciated guest teacher who approaches choral work from a pedagogical perspective. Bo currently works as senior lecturer at the Royal College of Music (KMH) Stockholm, and at the Academy of Music and Drama (HSM) at the University of Gothenburg. He is also president of Voice-teachers of Sweden.

Yvonne Schiffelers (mezzo soprano) completed her vocal studies at Conservatorium Maastricht and was immediately engaged as a member of the Opera Studio in Cologne.

A very versatile and well-rounded singer, Schiffelers has travelled worldwide as a soloist in many concerts and oratorios. Her vast repertoire ranges from Bach to Berio.

For many years now, she has been sharing her experiences with the younger generation by teaching at the Conservatorium Maastricht and giving masterclasses all over the world.. Since the summer of 2015 there has been a collaboration with the North West University in Potchefstroom (South-Africa), where she was invited to give masterclasses in the voice department.

At Conservatorium Maastricht she teaches Classical Voice and Opera and is a research coach.

Santisa Viljoen is a Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellow who holds a PhD in Musicology, an MA in English Literature (cum laude) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching. After a 17 year career as an educator in Further Education and Training, Santisa joined the staff at the School of Music in 2001, where she teaches Applied Vocal Studies, Voice Pedagogy and Choral Conducting. She also supervises postgraduate students.

Her main interests in research include voice pathology, interdisciplinary studies on text, context and identity construction, choral conducting and, recently, she has developed a keen interest in the use of technology in teaching.

Bo Rosenkull

Bo Rosenkull