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You know that that’s what “pedagogy” is, right?

ped·a·go·gy /ˈpedəˌɡäjē/*
… the art, science, or profession of teaching …

Like, “pedagogy” means, “the art of teaching”. (Which: my tagline is starting to make a lot more sense now, isn’t it?) And when we throw “voice” in front of “pedagogy”? We’re talking about the art of teaching, well, voice.

Which you already knew, didn’t you? You kick-ass voice teacher, you.

But maybe in the midst of trying to figure out formants and pre-phonatory pressure and what even is Mode 1 and Mode 2, already?!, you might have forgotten this thing that you knew.

That teaching voice is an art AND a science.

But not a science in the “to-be-an-effective-voice-teacher-you-have-to-know-all-the-layers-of-the-vocal-folds” kinda’ way.

A science in the “if-you-stay-curious-and-observant-you’ll-discover-and-implement-the-beautiful-patterns-that-lead-to-you-being-the-most-effective-voice-teacher-you-can-be” kinda’ way.

Which is why I do what I do.

  • I remind you of the ways you’re already kicking ass at this voice teaching gig, and
  • I help you figure out all the other stuff.

You know the stuff I’m talking about: the stuff that makes you forget your own kick-assery.


You are a skilled and dedicated voice teacher. You are not willing to throw away the life you’ve built and your successful studio just to get a(nother!) degree or certificate. Why? Because you know that it definitely won’t acknowledge your current achievements and definitely will disrupt everything about your lifestyle that you’ve worked so hard to build. Ask me how I know.

Don’t let anyone tell you that the path to maximizing your pedagogy skillz travels exclusively through the ivory tower. Because, this little corner of the internet you’ve found, right here?

I built this for stay-put scholars who want to maximize those pedagogy skillz (the art AND the science) on THEIR timeline, in THEIR preferred learning mode, and from the comfort of THEIR OWN STUDIO. No ivory towers needed.

“I spent years teaching voice based on imagery. When I retired from classroom teaching and had time to take some courses, I felt like I had missed out on the past 20 years of voice research. At first I was intimidated by all the technical terminology but after working with you I realized that even if you know all of the anatomy and physiology (and can teach it!), the need to communicate and to acknowledge how things feel (and – yes! – to use imagery) is still more important than getting too “sciencey”. Thank you for all that you do!”

“Shannon helped me get really specific about providing concise feedback to my students during their voice lessons. This meant less talking for me and more singing for my students; not to mention more meaningful instructions and better results from my singers! Win, win!”

“The TVI101 gave me an opportunity to dive into learning in a hands-on, non-traditional way that sparked my excitement, interest, and curiosity. I feel valuable. I am finding new sounds within myself. I am finding myself practicing more, making plans, and dreaming. I am literally full of happiness because I feel I have found something special in what Shannon offers to people like me (aka voice teachers who have not received their doctorate in voice but are successfully working in the field).”

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When I’m not kicking around at Voice & The Art of Teaching HQ, you might find me hanging out with these folks:

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(member since 2014)

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(charter member since 2018)

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(member since 2014)

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Folks who have worked with me say the NICEST things!

  • You have such a gift for explaining difficult physiological concepts with ease and clarity.

    Matthew Otto, conductor, collaborator, educator (Toronto, Canada)

  • Shannon’s expertise and passion for vocal pedagogy comes through in her engaging lessons and discussions around all things voice!

    Rachelle Courtney, Voice Teacher & Owner at The Voice Studio London (London, Canada)

  • Shannon is one of the FEW people I can learn vocal ped from and understand it and have FUN!

    Amanda Kaiser, Singer, Actor, Coach & Founder at Sing City Vocal Studio (Las Vegas, USA)

  • Dr. C distilled complicated concepts into bite-sized pieces that anyone can understand and use in the studio.

    Dr. Seth Killen, Associate Professor of Music at Anderson University (Anderson, USA)

  • You helped me actually understand formants!

    Nancy Anne Davis, Voice Teacher (Saukville, USA)

  • My confidence is soaring because of the knowledge I have and the results I am seeing.

Take a look at my story to learn more about my journey into and right on out of the ivory tower and why I’m so INVESTED in creating resources for the folks who are doing real life pedagogy.
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