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!

  • You want to revolutionize your teaching and up your game in teaching voice to amazing new levels of professionalism and understanding? Then look no further than the fantabulous Shannon Coates!! She continues to amaze me at how she can take her vast wealth of knowledge, experience, and research, and compile it into practical, immediately relatable, easy to understand concepts in vocal pedagogy. She extends compassion and care to those she mentors or teaches. Her passion for vocal pedagogy is contagious. I love her enthusiasm and fun personality, she makes vocal pedagogy exciting and sooo much fun! . I just recently finished her child voice pedagogy course and loved the structure and flow of the course. Every single time I do a course with Shannon or learn anything from her, I love how I can immediately put to work what I have been taught. I quickly see exciting results in my growth as a teacher, and in the growth and capabilities of my singing students. I plan to continue to invest in vocal pedagogy courses from Shannon, she truly is amazing! You are missing out if you have not taken a course from her yet.

    Rebecca Gulbranson, Voice & Piano Teacher, Founder at Dolce Melodies Studio (Herriman, USA)

  • You've brought me full circle in my teaching, Shannon! I spent years teaching voice based solely on imagery (which was the way that voice was taught to me) and then I retired from classroom teaching and had the time to take some voice pedagogy courses.

    Suddenly, I felt like I had missed out on the past twenty years of research and was intimidated by all the voice teachers using what seemed like purely technical terminology to teach voice.

    Then I listen to you, and I see that, although you know all the anatomy and physiology and can teach it, you still stress the need to communicate to our students about feeling and imagery rather than getting too "sciencey". So, I take inspiration from that and am learning to combine the imagery with the technical terminology to facilitate the deeper learning of my students.

    Thank you for all that you do!

    Elspeth Maynard: Voice Teacher & (Retired) Classroom Educator (Windsor, Canada)

  • I am Indian classical singer who has done the Vocal Instrument 101 and absolutely loved how Shannon packs so much depth of information with such an engaging, relatable, fun, and kind teaching approach. When she offered the Popup VoicePed course, I was really interested to follow up on concepts from the Vocal Instrument and more. I was looking to answer specific questions that were applications of the concepts in the Vocal Instrument in my body and style. I received so much specific feedback during the Popup to my personal voice and teaching related questions, both through the group sessions and the individual Marco Polo interactions. Because I come from a non-Western style, I wasn't sure if I would fit into the group sessions, but I was surprised and delighted to discover that so many of our issues in understanding the voice and teaching go beyond style. The Popup has widened my awareness of my vocal mechanism, and given me many new applicable tools in my practice and teaching studio. Thank you, Shannon!

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

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

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

  • This morning I spent some time finishing watching The Vocal Instrument 101 and I highly recommend the course. Though I'm pretty good with science and anatomy, for some reason I always got stuck on formants as wave graphs and spectrograms. Now I fully understand what's happening in the instrument. Shannon makes it fun! You're never too young or too old for this refresher as a voice teacher.

    Elizabeth Rotoff, Voice Teacher & Health Coach at The Fit Singer (Winnipeg, Canada)

  • Dr. Coates's wealth of information, warmth, and vivacious energy made this practicum an absolutely wonderful and enriching experience.

    Tatum D'Souza, Singer, Voice Teacher, Founder at The Vocal Studio (Mumbai, India)

  • Your passion (of course deeply inspired) and knowledge of the content, combined with the practical application as you always do, was stunning.

    Heather Romig, Voice Teacher (Berthoud, USA)

Registration opens June 2022.
First cohort begins September 2022.



  • The Science of Sound
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  • Registration


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



  • Western-Classical
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