Teaching Young Voices – Course details

Day 1

  • Why teach singing to children?
  • Recent educational research looking at learning and aptitude
  • The benefits of singing for achievement and well being
  • Foundations in vocal anatomy
  • Basic structure and function
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Choosing our language
  • Development from birth to 6yrs
  • Early musical experiences
  • Musical play
  • Vocal abilities and suitable repertoire

Day 2

  • Singing in Key Stage 2
  • Vocal development
  • Musical development including singing in tune
  • Relationship between parents, student and the teacher
  • Adolescent girls
  • The role of hormones in vocal development
  • Common issues like breathiness in the voice
  • Repertoire choices
  • Adolescent boys
  • Recognising the stages of voice change
  • How to keep singing though these changes
  • Common challenges such as working with a limited range or choosing whether to use falsetto
  • Less common issues such as puberphonia
  • Finding repertoire that fits

Day 3

  • Structuring lessons and practice
  • Warm-ups: what to do and in which order
  • Crossing genres: pop and musical theatre techniques
  • Dealing with fear – memorising music and performance anxiety
  • Teaching students with different learning needs, for example: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, visually impaired
  • Child protection issues
  • Vocal health

Evening Masterclass

From 4.30 to 8pm on the third day there will be a masterclass with some local young singers. Spaces will be available for participant teachers to enrol their own students in the masterclass.


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