Sylka Uhlig, PhD, RMTh, LCAT, NMT, Professor for music therapy SRH University Heidelberg, Germany

Sylka, professor at SRH University of Applied Sciences, Heidelberg in Germany, lectures in research, music therapy methods and voice. She studied classical music before she commenced her career in music therapy in 1991. She has since practiced music therapy in Europe and USA in psychiatric hospitals, neurological rehabilitation facilities, special education settings, and in private practice.

She has expertise in voice work and regularly holds workshops, trainings and presentations on the voice as being a primary instrument in music therapy (see foto’s). She was the founder of the Voice-Forum, an international collaboration of music therapists with focus on voice. Her PhD study was focused on the effects of singing and rapping for emotion regulation. Sylka has published books and articles about vocal work in music therapy (see publications).

Voice workshops: Bolzano/Trento 2017/2018/2019/2020, Italy


Voice workshop: World Conference of Music Therapy, Krems, Austria 2014

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Presentation: ICME3 Conference Music & Emotions, University of Jyväskylä; Finland 2013


Voice Workshop: World Conference of Music Therapy South Korea 2011:

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Voice Workshop: Prague, Czech Republic 2011:

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Voice workshop: European Music Therapy Conferences; Eindhoven, Netherlands 2007 (with Kate Richard Geller)

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History of development of Sylka’s Voicework

In 2001 started Sylka Uhlig in cooperation with Kate Richard Geller several vocal actitities in New York City, like: ‘A Time To Sing’ and ‘Singing: A Personal and Professional Need’, offering regulary voice classes, workshops and lectures. Both Kate and Sylka have individually specialized in the role of the voice in music therapy. Sylka has researched traditional forms of singing and integrated them into a multicultural approach to music therapy. Kate has focused on the use of the voice as an intervention for pain management and wellness. Kate performs her vocal practices and music therapy in USA ( and Sylka’s work is mostly centered in Europe.

Shared publications:

Geller, K.R. & Uhlig, S. (2006). Singing: A Personal and Professional Need. In Sylka Uhlig, Authentic Voices – Authentic Singing, A Multicultural Approach to Vocal Music Therapy. Barcelona Publishers, Gilsum, NH.