Posted on 24/01/2017
Professor David M Howard, Head of Electronic Engineering at Royal Holloway
Professor David Howard, Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering at Royal Holloway, University of London was recently invited as a keynote speaker for the Performing Wellness Symposium at The University of Melbourne. The Symposium was presented by the world-first Music, Mind & Wellness Group initiative (MMW) to an international audience of musicians in December 2016.
The Performing Wellness Symposium focused on the debilitating effects stresses and strains of elite musical performance and offered an opportunity for musicians to share their research in promoting performer wellbeing to maximise performance and potential enjoyment. Professor Howard, leader of the Voice and Audio Group at Royal Holloway, provided the keynote lecture for the symposium which was titled ‘Performer vocal wellness in pitch control and its role in vocal intonation in choral singing’. He also gave a workshop titled ‘Vocal wellness using visual feedback: a workshop’.
Professor Howard commented:
"I am incredibly pleased with the warm reception of the keynote and workshop which attracted a great deal of interests from vocalists and instrumentalists alike. Papers from the event will form the basis of an edited volume, and I look forward to returning in the future."
The Music Mind & Wellness Group link neuroscience with music and social wellbeing through a unique set of collaborations which span music, science, health, education and industry. Through linking interdisciplinary expertise in areas such as physics and engineering, the acoustics and design of instruments to perception and cognition, the initiative seeks to generate new knowledge about music and its potential to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities with new technologies that enable musical engagement and practice.
Innovative Research at Royal Holloway
Professor David Howard works in the analysis and synthesis of singing, speech and music. He is also an accomplished choral director and singer, and his innovative research has explored ways to improve vocal pedagogy and learning through the use of engineering and the application of music technology to the vocal pedagogue’s studio practice. He is also the group leader for the Voice and Audio Group at Royal Holloway, University of London. The Voice and Audio Group focuses on the acoustics and psychoacoustics of audio signals with special reference to voice and music.
For more information on the research topics and research opportunities in this area, please visit the Voice and Audio Group page.
David Howard is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Senior MIEEE), Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (FIOA), Member of the Audio Engineering Society (MAES), Member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (MBAAP) and Member of the British Voice Association.