What an incredible ride this #voicepedjourney is, eh?

One day, you think, “hey, maybe I’ll try this voice teaching thing out because this 9-5 in a financial office is really not for me” (and you also think, “I should probably try it now, while I am on 12-month paid parental leave after having my first kid” (because: Canadian)) and …

Several randomly-placed, brass-coloured cogs lay on a dark grey, patterned surface.

… it turns out you love that teaching gig WAY MORE than you thought you would so you give notice at your 9-5 and …

… you realize real quick that you wanna’ be WAY BETTER at this teaching thing than you are so, a decade after graduating with a degree in vocal performance, you go back to school to get a masters degree in vocal performance, specializing in voice pedagogy and …

… then you sign up to get a doctoral degree too because, you know, why not? It’s not like they’re hard or anything, right? (oh yeah; totes easy. ahem) and …

… you have the privilege of TAing for an undergraduate voice pedagogy class (nearly two decades after having taken it in your undergraduate degree), which eventually leads to teaching said class and …

… you love the snot out of teaching that class and …

… it turns out that you’re pretty good at teaching that class and …

… you join forces with a badass business coach who supports your dream to create a voice pedagogy course for independent voice teachers so they don’t have to go back to school like you did and …

… then a pandemic hits, accelerating your time table for developing more of those kinds of courses and making it perfectly normal to do those courses online from anywhere in the world and …

THEN you’re all:

I need to make a WHOLE THING for independent voice teachers so they can get a FULL ON VOICE PEDAGOGY DEGREE without leaving their lives and careers to do so, don’t I?! And …

your badass business coach AND all of your business-besties (who you met through said badass business coach) are like: yeah. YEAH, YOU REALLY DO NEED TO MAKE THAT THING … just don’t call it a “degree”, mkay? We all have a little trauma around that word and our experiences in academic institutions weren’t one hundred percent awesome so …

… you’re just like, “okaydoke. I’ll make this thing and I’ll call it the opposite of a degree so people will know that while it’s structured kind of like a degree, it’s gonna’ have all the stuff in it that degrees can’t offer and …

… it’ll be ready for independent voice teachers to sign up for by June 2022 and it’ll start in September 2022 and …

… we’ll have core curriculum and electives and labs and practicums and assessments that don’t suck and …

well, I can’t wait.

GAH! I can’t EVEN with these fabulous voice teachers!

  • It was invaluable to have Shannon's insightful and incredibly knowledgeable guidance on aspects of my teaching. She 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!


    Gabriela Farias, Educator & Voice Teacher (Brampton, Canada)

  • Shannon’s approach is fun and knowledgeable, and I enjoyed the deeper exploration of the physiology and anatomy of the vocal instrument in the course. I recommend The Vocal Instrument 101 to anyone who wants to increase their understanding of voice pedagogy and be able to feel more confident answering the “so what exactly happens when I make this sound?” kind of questions from their students.


    M.J. Johnson, Voice Teacher & Coach (Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada)

  • This course is awesome! As a 38 year old professional singer and new-ish adjunct voice professor who somehow never learned the basics, this is exactly what I need to fill in the gaps in my knowledge, AND it’s delivered in a way that my ADHD brain can handle. Hallelujah!


    Meryl Zimmerman, Jazz Singer/Voice Teacher (New Orleans, USA)

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


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

  • Shannon’s approach is fun and knowledgeable.


    M.J. Johnson, Voice Teacher & Coach (Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada)

  • Engaging, Thorough, Truthful


    Erin Milley-Patey, Voice Teacher (Port Elgin, Canada)

Registration opens June 2022.
First cohort begins September 2022.

CORE CURRICULUM

THE VOCAL INSTRUMENT 101

  • The Science of Sound
  • Respiration
  • Phonation
  • Resonance
  • Registration

VOICE PEDAGOGY

  • Child Voice
  • Expanding Voice
  • Ageing Voice
  • Contemporary & Classical Technique
  • Tonal Outcome Possibilities Across the Frequency Ranges

THE SCIENCE OF TEACHING

  • How We Learn
  • Lesson Plans & Learning Outcomes
  • Learning Activities & Strategies
  • Differentiated Instruction & Assessment

THE ART OF TEACHING

  • Observing
  • Diagnosing
  • Communicating
  • Modelling

ELECTIVES

STYLE-SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS

  • Popular Musics
  • Music Theatre
  • Western-Classical

VOCAL HEALTH & HYGIENE

INCLUSIVE VOICE STUDIOS

  • Gender-Affirming Voice
  • Neurodivergent Voice
  • Disabled Singers

DIVERSITY IN VOICE PEDAGOGY

  • Underestimated Voices in Song & History
  • De-Colonizing the Voice Studio
  • History of Popular Musics

VOICE STUDIO AS A BUSINESS

TEACHING MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS

  • Western-Classical
  • Music Theatre
  • Popular Musics

IMPLEMENTING THE RCM IN THE VOICE STUDIO

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