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Nicola Oddy

PhD Student

Degrees:BMus, Music Therapy Certification, MA in Psychology, Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Counsellor
Email:nicolaoddy@cmail.carleton.ca
Website:Website

Nicola is a music therapist and PhD Candidate in the Cultural Mediations program at Carleton. During her Masters research at Antioch University in Ohio, she encountered and worked with people who would not sing as adults because they were told as children that they are not able. From the stance of a Music Therapist, she developed a workshop to help people learn confidence in their voices. One of the elements of that workshop has become Environmental Vocal Exploration which is the cornerstone of her current research. Research questions are, “can performative vocal improvisation to, with, and through environments lead to a transformed relationship to environments, and if so, with what effects?” and  “What is the affective force of EVE (e.g., personal, emotional, spiritual) and what impact does it have on performers?”

This practice-based research project will contribute to scholarship in voice studies, critical studies in improvisation (CSI), performance studies, and studies of space and place. Given her professional experience as a music therapist, sustained practice of singing to, with, and through environments, and her experience leading vocal workshops, EVE has direct applications for both music therapy and community music. In a time of ecological crisis, strategies for attunement to environments are vital and have broad applications.

Nicola is a part time professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department at Concordia University and a contract instructor at Carleton University in the School for Arts and Culture. In fall 2020 she will teach the Accessibility and Inclusive Design seminar in the School of Industrial Design. She is also a research assistant in the READi program (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design innovation) at Carleton University.

Recent Presentations:

Oddy, N. (2020). Environmental Vocal Exploration: Awareness through Singing. [lecture] World Congress of Music Therapy, South Africa, July 7-9, Online.

Hoskins, E., Oddy, N., Schneider, A., Singh, A. (2020) Improving accessibility for people with autism at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Poster session to be presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Honolulu HI, April 25-30 (Cancelled due to COVID-19 and to be presented in the conference proceedings)

Oddy, N. (2018). Singwalk: An experience of environmental vocal exploration [workshop]. Podium: Choral Canada conference, St. John’s NL, June.

Oddy, N. (2018). Singwalk: An experience of environmental vocal exploration [workshop]. Canadian Association of Music Therapy conference, St. John’s NL, May.

Oddy, N. (2017). Singwalk: An experience of environmental vocal exploration. [installation/workshop] Fieldwork: Art Land Exploration, Installed in Maberly, ON, May – October 2017

Oddy, N. (2016). Safe and Effective Use of Self. [workshop]. Ottawa Area Music Therapists, Ottawa, ON, November.

Ahonen, H., Bilger, K., Bird, E., Clements-Cortes, A., Oddy, N., Song, M. (2016). Music Therapy vs. Psychotherapy. [Panel Discussion]. Canadian Association of Music therapy, Waterloo, ON, May.

Oddy, N. (2016). Goals and Objectives of the Canadian Music Therapist: A diversity of approaches [lecture]. Canadian Association of Music Therapy, Waterloo, ON, May.

Bluer, J., Oddy, N.,Wood, S. (2016). Inviting the Muses: Four Creative Arts Therapies in Clinical Practice. [Round Table Discussion]. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association conference, Montreal, QC, April.

Oddy, N. (2016) A Day of Vocal Discovery. [workshop] Chickadee Studio, Perth, ON, March.

Oddy, N. (2016). Goals and Objectives of the Canadian Music Therapist: A diversity of approaches [lecture]. Music Therapists of Ontario conference, Toronto, ON, February.

Oddy, N. (2015). A Weekend of Vocal Discovery. [workshop] Wintergreen Studios, Kingston, ON, November.

Oddy, N. (2015). Delving Deeper Through the Voice. [workshop] Spirit Art Studio, Ottawa, ON, April.

Oddy, N. (2014). Your Voice from the Inside Out. [workshop] Association Québécoise de Musicothérapie, Montreal, QC, November.

 

Publications:

Oddy, N. & Vaugeois, L. “Exploring the potential of Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI)  in the Thunder Bay Community. An interview between Nicola Oddy and Lise Vaugeois.” Accepted for Improvising across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument. Ed. AUMI Editorial Collective. (Under review. Music and Social Justice Series, University of Michigan Press).

Oddy, N. & Brault, A. (in press). How Do You Write Your Music Therapy Goals and Objectives?: Seeking Canadian Perspectives. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy.

Hoskins, E., Oddy, N., Schneider, A., Singh, A. (2019). “Improving Accessibility for People with Autism at the Canada Science and Technology Museum”. Report prepared for Research, Education, Accessibility, Design Innovation (READi). Unpublished document. Ottawa ON: Carleton University, School of Industrial Design.

Oddy, N. (2011) A Field of Vocal Discovery: The Workshop. In Baker, F and Uhlig, S (ed.) Voicework in Music Therapy: Research and Practice (pp 83-99) London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Oddy, N. (2006). “Using Music Therapeutically: A Booklet designed to encourage deeper thought about volunteering with music” Kingston: The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston.

Oddy, N. (2005). “Convergences: Possibilities for therapeutic intervention in a large scale community performance – a systems perspective” Voices: A world forum for music therapy, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v5i2.239

Oddy, N. (2001). “A Field of Vocal Discovery: a descriptive study of vocal perception”. Unpublished master thesis. Yellow Springs, Ohio: Antioch University.

Oddy, N. (2001). “Convergences: Possibilities for therapeutic intervention in a large scale community performance – a systems perspective” Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. Vol.8, No. 1 Fall, 2001.