There’s something about singing that’s inexplicable.
Perhaps the fact that to sing, we need to ‘inspire’ – take in breath.
The word ‘Spirit’ is defined as coming from the Latin word spiritus,
which means breath.
Breathe, inspire, inspiration,
breath in, breath out.
PhD, RP, MTA, CCC
Nicola has recently completed her PhD in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature Art and Culture – Cultural Mediations (Music Stream) at Carleton University. Her work expands her understanding of our vocal culture. More information about her research can be found when you click here.
She is a Music Therapist, certified by the Canadian Association of Music therapists and has worked for over 30 years in the field as an independent practitioner. She has worked with children, teens, adults, in elder care, in hospice and in palliative care. With a long and varied career behind her, she has settled into her role of using the voice as her primary therapeutic tool in voice centred psychotherapy and clinical supervision. She is also an educator, and mentor.
The Singing Field
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Environmental Vocal Exploration
My PhD research is now complete. I explored singing as a listening practice through the use of improvisational singing in place. I am honoured to have studied under the expert guidance of Dr. Jesse Stewart, Dr. Ellen Waterman of Carleton University and Dr. Yana Meerzon of the University of Ottawa. The Singing Field, an immersive, collaborative performance piece, took place throughout summer 2020. Six singers performed together to help me understand what the act of engaging in environmental vocal exploration (EVE) teaches us about environments and our selves. Hasi Eldib created a documentary film based on six performances of vocal improvisation in six locations around the Ottawa area.
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Nicola's dissertation, Seeking Awareness of Our Selves and the Environment through Vocal Improvisation in The Singing Field has passed defence!
Canadian Association of Music Therapists: An invitation
I have been honoured by receiving an invitation to deliver the opening keynote address at the 2022 national conference for the Canadian Association of Music Therapists in Niagara. The title of my presentation will be Singing our...
New logo and new website
I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new website and logo. Both were designed by Trace at smilingcatinc.com. We will be updating the site to add more accessibility throughout the next couple of months to ensure all have access. Please stay tuned for more...