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HOW WE LEARN 101

Voice Ped for Real Life

The Vocal Instrument 101 LIVE creator, Dr. Shannon Coates, wearing teal-framed glasses, a grey shirt with wing arms, and black pants, strikes a jaunty pose with her arms crossed in front of her body. She smiles widely at the camera.

How We Learn 101 with Shannon Coates

Applying What We Know About How We Learn in the voice studio

with Shannon Coates & Cindy Dewey

* Learning Classes rescheduled to November – Dates TBA

HERE’S THE THING:

You’re a voice teacher (or coach, or classroom educator, or choral director … GAH! You get the picture; you’re someone who works with singers!) who keeps hearing about things like, locus of attention, and perceptual motor learning, and embodied cognition …

but who is too busy actually teaching to figure out what these things mean and how they apply to actual teaching.

And you’re starting to realize that almost everything you learned about teaching (maybe from that one semester voiceped class you did in undergrad or maybe simply from the way your teacher worked with you) might just be based on some waaaay outdated information about how we learn …

And there isn’t much out there that is concise AND immediately applicable to your teaching.

Not only that, but you have a sneaking suspicion that all you need is a super-clear, laser-focused information session AND a chance to ask about implementation so you can apply this stuff in your teaching and you’ll be an even more effective voice teacher than you already are.

WHICH IS WHY WE CAME UP WITH THIS “HOW WE LEARN” TWOFER:

  • one two-hour, lecture-style class w me (Shannon!) outlining what we know about how we learn
  • one two-hour panel w Cindy Dewey & me with all the practical application we can cram into 120 minutes
  • delivered live over zoom
  • replays available until September
  • buy both classes and save!
Dr. Shannon Coates is holding her glasses and smiling to introduce her Learning in the Voice Studio class for 28 July, from 10am to 12pm Eastern time. Dr. Shannon Coates is holding her glasses and smiling with Dr. Cindy Dewey to introduce her Learning in the Voice Studio class for 29 July, from 10am to 12pm Eastern time.

two, 2-hour classes for Independent Voice Teachers on how we learn AND how to apply what we know about how we learn in the voice studio

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"You are always on the pulse of what's new, and I knew it would be totally worthwhile to take the class. It's good to just get a refresher and take away anything new. Thanks again for this fabulous workshop."

- Michelyn Wright

"Your presentation was exactly what I had envisaged! You provided an important entry-point into vocal anatomy, increasing the students' understanding of what is involved in the act of singing and underscoring our deep responsibility as voice educators to support the vocal health of our singers. "

- Matthew Otto

"Shannon is an absolute master at her craft and her ability to explain and engage her listeners is spectacular! I wish I could have a live zoom session with her every week for the rest of my life!"

- Chantel Mead

November (Dates TBA)
HOW WE LEARN 101

class with SHANNON COATES

 

If you’re a voice teacher who finds their way to an online forum or two, you’ve likely seen a post (or several) about how new discoveries in neuroscience and cognition can be applied to teaching voice.

Aaand … if you’re anything like me? You save those posts to an appropriately-named folder (such as, I don’t know, “stuff about motor learning”*) and then never think about them again (because: out of sight = well and truly out of mind).

EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW that this information could be pivotal to your teaching and up your pedagogy game.

So, you know what I did?

I did the research and I read the books and I went to the presentations and I applied it in my own teaching and then I made the “How We Learn 101” class that I wished someone had made for me way back in the day.

BECAUSE: WE DIDN’T LEARN THIS STUFF IN OUR UNDERGRADS & WE SURE AS HECK DON’T GET SUMMERS OFF TO STUDY UP ON IT**

November (Dates TBA)
APPLYING WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT HOW WE LEARN IN THE VOICE STUDIO

panel with SHANNON COATES & CINDY DEWEY

Knowing about how we learn is only half the battle, though, isn’t it?

Because at some point, in order for all of that awesome knowledge to actually be useful?

You’ve gotta’ apply it.

Which is why I couldn’t be more excited to be doing this panel with the one and only, Dr. Cindy Dewey.***

I first heard her talking about the practical application of motor learning theory (and, specifically, the external locus of attention) at a conference at least a decade ago.

And I went straight on back into my voice studio and swapped out the lists of directions I gave the singers I was working with for exploratory, externally-focused directives based on the feedback they were giving me about their own process.

Not gonna’ lie:

IT * WAS * TRANSFORMATIVE

The singers I was working with:

  • got out of their heads
  • got into their flow
  • developed language to describe their own process
  • developed agency
  • became better coordinated (almost overnight!)
  • found more joy in practising
  • needed me less****

And my teaching? Was a lot more effective with a lot less effort.

Friends, I’m not saying that having a better understanding of how we learn and then applying that understanding to our teaching is MAGIC.

I’m just saying it feels like magic.
And I want you and the singers you work with to experience that magic.

BECAUSE: BETTER RESULTS WITH LESS EFFORT SEEMS LIKE A DANGED GOOD DEAL TO ME.

* may or may not be the name of an actual folder in my saved items

** and even if we have created a business where we DO get summers off (which: congrats on that, friend!)? we wanna’ use those summers for things like, going to the beach, and catching up with family and friends, #amiright?

*** I know, I KNOW: sooo maaanyyy DRs. I promise it won’t get weird.

**** this sounds like a bad thing but -TRUST ME- it’s a very, very good thing. #pinkyswear

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