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VocalFri podcast interview

A few weeks ago in Philadelphia, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Nicholas Perna alongside Sarah Welch Pigott and Leah Oswalt. We had a really lovely chat about all things to do with teaching, voice research, children and chickens. You can catch the podcast here: 


Voice Foundation Symposium, Philadelphia 2019

Five days of voice science, health and pedagogy. I’m absolutely buzzing and my head is crammed with new information; the Voice Foundation Symposium in Philadelphia has been an amazing experience.
My paper presentation was great fun, it’s now on my youtube channel
I met so many old friends and made many more new ones.
I’m now planning my trips to the US with invitations to run courses and give guest lectures for 2020 and 2021!

Voice Foundation Symposium, Philadelphia

I’ve just been given a full award by VASTA to enable me to travel to Philadelphia and present a paper at this amazing international conference. I’m speaking about my research with adolescent boys singers:
“Which Sung Pitch Range is Best for Boys during Voice Change?”
The symposium will be full of the world’s leading voice scientists and health practitioners as well as teachers and researchers in all fields relating to voice.
29th May – 2nd June, I can’t wait!

Mentoring – it’s official!

Having just gained a distinction in my Level 7 Coaching and Mentoring course, I’m now a full member of the Association for Coaching.  Any teacher can benefit from the bespoke guidance that mentoring offers, whether you are new to teaching or just looking to update and refresh your ideas. Not every teacher is able to attend courses, and the opportunity for some ongoing counsel for your own particular needs can be invaluable.

Just get in touch if you are interested.

Teaching Young Voices – celebrating!

Some numbers to celebrate:

106 teachers have been on one of my three-day Teaching Young Voices courses

26 of them now have completed certificates in Teaching Young Voices

I hear news of their successes every week, I’m so proud of them all! Here’s some feedback from the last course we did, in Oxford:

“The course was hugely informative, and the two things that really resonated with me were the invitation to play and discover, and the permission to fail. I previously had the notion that teachers had to be the font of all knowledge, but after doing your course I realise that it is the pupils who teach us all the way!
Thank you for sharing your research and experiences, in such a warm and open manner. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will be recommending it to everyone.”

Life Cycle of the Voice – new films now available

In association with Voice Workshop we have made a series of films about the voice through the lifespan: developmental stages through childhood and adolescence, the effect of hormones on the voice including pregnancy and menopause, and finally the ageing voice. The films are taken from a live presentation on this subject and have numerous recordings of voices in different ages and stages. As you would expect, the information is very carefully researched: each chapter includes a full list of references.
For just £45 you can buy all 16 films with over two and a half hours of material; and just to show you how good it is, we’re offering you one of the chapters for free.
Click here to access this offer!

Teaching Young Voices Certificates – many more to celebrate

This course is now so popular, there are numerous teachers coming on the courses, many of whom are then going on the complete a written portfolio of their teaching for the certification option. Since I last posted, we can add:

Mark McCombs
Victoria Hall
Tara Leiper
Amanda Walters
Eleanor Mottershead
Emily Owen
Laura Brown
Lindsay Martin
Rebecca Price

Congratulations to all of them, in order to gain this certificate, they need a real knowledge of their teaching process and show a depth of understanding in order to apply this effectively. It’s a lot of work and they’ve done really well!

New Courses

Voice Workshop are now offering so many successful courses for voice professionals that we are becoming swamped with bookings.
The MA in Vocal Pedagogy, beginning August 2018 is now full
The August Teaching Young Voices in Guildford is 3/4 full

There are brand new courses coming in:

Vocal Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan (2 days) – Nov 2018
Voice and the Brain (2 days) – Feb 2019
Introduction to Teaching Singing (3 days) – Feb 2019

As well as more of the existing courses:

Teaching Young Voices (3 days, Oxford) – April 2019
MA in Vocal Pedagogy, beginning April 2019

Second Edition of Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults

The first edition has sold over 3000 copies, it has been hugely popular with sales all over the world. The time has come, five years on, for an updated version.

This second edition has very few alterations to the material from the first edition; it does, however, have significant additions. These are in the fields of learning: motor learning skills, memory, emotion and how to structure lessons to facilitate this. In the area where there is constant evolution of research evidence, there is updated information on vocal health.

This edition also has a number of new illustrations, including cartoons and technical drawings.

The book can be ordered here

Advanced Anatomy Certificates

I’m so proud of my wonderful Advanced Anatomy Certificate students. They have worked so hard to get their assignments done and once again I’m stunned by the quality of the work – eight of these were Distinction at Level 6.

Tara Leiper, Rebecca Schwarz, Andrea Fishenden, Clare Kissane, Besfort Williams, Lydia Easton, Stephen King, Laura Adams, Sarah Stone, Susie Parkes, Rob Cates Music, Jane Dunton, Dean Adams – you are all brilliant!