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Title The sound of waves [videorecording] : Sept. 28, 29, 30 : Vocal empowerment : researching the effect of actor vocal training on young adults with cochlear implants

Published [Melbourne] : Drama Dept., Faculty of the VCA, University of Melbourne, c2008.


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Physical description 1 videodisc (DVD) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes In July 2006 the Australian Research Council awarded a Linkage grant to the University of Melbourne, Departments of Otolaryngology and the School of Drama (Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)) for a research project entitled ‘Vocal empowerment: researching the effect of actor voice training on young adults with cochlear implants and hearing aids.’ The research project was a collaboration involving Professor Richard Dowell, Head of Otolaryngology, Geraldine Cook, and Cochlear Ltd. who are the makers of the cochlear implant in Sydney, Jodie Harris, an actress who wears a cochlear implant and who is an alumna of the School of Drama and Colleen Holt, Senior Research Assistant in the Dept. of Otolaryngology. Aims of the project were: (1)To adapt techniques from the discipline of actor voice training to the habilitation of young adults with cochlear implants and hearing aids; (2) To research and measure the effects of adapted voice training on cochlear implant recipients and hearing aid users; and (3) To further develop an integrated cross-disciplinary framework for the evaluation of vocal quality. Jodie Harris graduated from the VCA in 2001. During her time at the VCA, she underwent cochlear implant surgery and the vocal training she received at the VCA, was really part of her habilitation. Jodie discovered techniques to improve the pitch, volume and rhythm of her speech and this gave her a greater sense of vocal confidence and empowerment, not only as an actor but also in daily life. Jodie says that the voice training helped her correct her soft, often, high-pitched voice. She mentions that people with hearing impairments are often not heard in group situations and she found that often people would not pay attention to her when she was speaking. Jodie was always very keen to impart to others what she had learnt about her voice in her actor training. Both Geraldine and Jodie felt that young adults were the group most at risk during their rehabilitation because they are going through so many emotional, physical and psychological changes at that age. In 2007, Geraldine and Jodie worked with a group of nine young adults, every Saturday at the VCA where the participants underwent vocal training designed for the actor led by Geraldine with Jodie as a vocal facilitator. The aim was to measure the effects of the adapted voice training techniques on these young adults. Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis was conducted pre and post training and revealed the following results. The play "The sound of waves", written by Gareth Ellis, directed by Naomi Edwards, and performed by Jodie Harris, was part of the project.
Credits Written by Gareth Ellis ; directed by Naomi Edwards.
Performers Jodie Harris.
Summary The Sound of Waves is a whimsical fairy tale and an allegory for performer, Jodie Harris’s own experience as a young deaf woman who received a cochlear implant then studied acting and voice at the Victorian College of the Arts. Harris portrays a child who is slowly becoming a fish, growing gills, losing her hearing and choosing to live at the bottom of the ocean with the sound of waves and the company of other fish. Also includes interviews with Gareth Ellis, Naomi Edwards and Jodie Harris.
System notes DVD.
Other author Ellis, Gareth.
Edwards, Naomi.
Harris, Jodie.
University of Melbourne. Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Music. School of Drama.
Subject Deafness -- Drama.
Dramatic monologues.
Cochlear implants -- Social aspects.
Variant Title Vocal empowerment : researching the effect of actor vocal training on young adults with cochlear implants