I AM NOT:
Your grandmother’s singing teacher.
I’m not even YOUR singing teacher.
Your teacher’s teacher. And if you’re a teacher? Maybe I AM YOUR SINGING TEACHER. In that #voiceped kinda’ way.
I hold a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Specializing in Voice Pedagogy.
BUT DON’T HOLD THAT AGAINST ME; what I really do is develop and teach voice pedagogy courses, classes, and workshops especially for independent voice teachers (‘cuz they’re my fav).
I AM ALSO:
A parentheses over-using, ALL-CAPS LOVING, maple syrup guzzling, cop show devouring, oxford comma endorsing, monochromatic clothes wearing, Angela Bassett fan-girling, self-deprecating Canadian who thinks Tim Hortons coffee is CRAPTASTIC. (yeah. they might just kick me out of the country for that last one.)
I deliver online and in-person resources so that no matter how long you’ve been teaching, you can #teachyourfaceoff even harder than you already do. Double And? You can do that without rearranging your entire life and business to go back to “school”. #pinkyswear
MY HOME TURF
is the intersection of academic voice pedagogy and the practical application of that academic knowledge in the independent voice studio. On the academic side of the street, I hold three degrees from the University of Toronto (woohoo! A matched set! #sofancy):
an undergraduate degree in vocal performance, and two graduate degrees in vocal performance specializing in voice pedagogy (which: explains the “dr” in front of my name all over the place).
teach undergraduate voice pedagogy courses at universities in Southern Ontario, and present papers at #superfancy international voice conferences, such as the International Congress of Voice Teachers 2017, which convened in Stockholm, Sweden.
And these days?
I develop classes, courses, and workshops for stay-put voice ped scholars who want to get some continuing education on their own time and in their own way.
It all started* with The Vocal Instrument 101 Online Course, which came out in December 2018. A year later, I may or may not have declared 2020 the year when we would start a #voicepedrev(olution)**. And then 2020 was all like: I see your revolution and I raise you a pandemic that will change the way that everyone does everything, including how voice teachers deliver voice lessons … and how they access continuing education.
So I started holding online classes and teaching in cohorts and suddenly there really was a voice ped revolution of sorts because people from (LITERALLY) all over the world were attending the classes and participating in the practicums and now we’re on track to offer voice teachers a chance to do a VoicePed UnDegree and if THAT isn’t revolutionary, I don’t know what is!
SO, if increasing your voice teaching bad-assery while NOT paying ivory tower entrance fees seems like a good deal to you, here’s where to start the journey.
It really all started when I explored teaching voice lessons once my first child was born because I didn’t want to go back to my 9-5 in the corporate world and I discovered that I absolutely LOVED teaching but didn’t really know what I was doing … but that’s a WHOLE OTHER STORY.