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THE ART OF TEACHING

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

ped·a·go·gy /ˈpedəˌɡäjē/*
noun
… 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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ORMTA
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(member since 2014)

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(charter member since 2018)

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Folks who have worked with me say the NICEST things!

  • The clarity and beautifully relatable way you in which shared your knowledge was so wonderful!

    Tanisha Herbert, Mezzo Soprano & Voice Coach at VioVoi Music Academy (Bangalore, India)

  • I feel engaged in what I do again, and empowered as an educator.

    Lisa Mulgrew, Voice Teacher (Lethbridge, Canada)

  • I am excited to take all that I learned and incorporate it with my students!

    Traci Davis, Assistant Professor of Voice at Albany State University (Albany, USA)

  • Shannon packs so much depth of information with such an engaging, relatable, fun, and kind teaching approach.

    Priya Purushothaman, Hindustani Classical Vocalist, Educator, Writer (Mumbai, India)

  • Engaging, extremely informative, and fun.

    Joslin Romphf Dennis, Voice Teacher (Vancouver, 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)

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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