Ooooh – you found my (not-so) secret Practicums Page. It’s kind of archived at the moment because I no longer offer one-off Practicums on the regular now that I’m doing them in a structured and ongoing way through The VoicePed UnDegree!

Voice Teacher Practicums

HERE’S THE THING:

YOU ARE A VOICE TEACHER WHO KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT TEACHING. And maybe you’ve taken a POPUP Voice Ped Class or two with me. (Because you probably wouldn’t be considering a Voice Teacher Practicum if you hadn’t, #amiright?)

And now you want to consolidate all that #voicepedlearning by actually applying it in a safe and supported environment. (Because knowing a thing isn’t really knowing a thing until you’ve done the thing, #amiright?)

And you’re not afraid to get in the trenches with a bunch of other fabulous voice teachers who are just as eager to apply the things as you are. (Because you know that learning in small groups is kind of like learning to the power of 10,000, #amiright?)

And you love to get your learning on in short, sweet intensives. (Because you’re running an actual voice studio over there and you do not have the time or energy to meet on a weekly basis for the rest of your life, #amiright?)

I think I’m right.

What participating teachers are saying about Voice Teacher Practicums

  • Shannon is the BOMB. Working with her is pure joy and empowerment!


    Shannon Butcher, Singer & Voice Teacher (Toronto, Canada)

  • 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 needed a bit of time to process the amazing vocal ped weekend that we just shared, and I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for doing what you do. I've been in a bit of a... slump. All things considered, my life is pretty great and my pandemic experience has been better than most, but I haven't felt... inspired in a while, artistically or otherwise. I was still teaching my kids, but feeling mediocre at it, at best. For the first time in basically all of my life I have basically stopped singing, and even weirder for me is that I didn't feel compelled to do anything about it. And then I heard you speak on a podcast a few months ago and the way you were talking about your course... it was like it was you were speaking right to my soul, like this course was created specifically for me. The gaps that I've been feeling in my teaching didn't have to be permanent- there were resources available to me, things I could do NOW to be a better teacher for my students. Your course was everything I was hoping for and more. I feel engaged in what I do again, and empowered as an educator, excited to have these new tools. What I wasn't expecting to get out of this weekend was an excitement and urge to sing again. I am inspired and invigorated to get back into the studio and try out all of these great ideas, and I feel more like me than I have in a while.


    Lisa Mulgrew, Voice Teacher (Lethbridge, Canada)

  • Shannon, thank you for continually challenging us to choose our words with care and to keep questioning.


    Gillian Ramm, Voice Teacher & Soprano (Brighton, UK)

  • Something unexpected that I took away from this Practicum was the question of how I am defining my role. I'm gaining more and more and more pedagogical knowledge, which is empowering my creativity in the studio!


    Chantel Mead, Voice Teacher (Austin, USA)

  • I have nothing but brilliant things to say about the Contemporary Voice Practicum! As a cross-genre teacher I was looking to up my game in contemporary techniques and, having done a couple of Dr C’s other pop-up classes, I knew I was going to love this. I was not disappointed. I feel like my tool-kit is brimming with fantastic exercises, I’ve filled in little gaps in my mind, and I was also truly inspired by the rest of the cohort and what they are doing in their studios. I also loved the Q&A with Jess Baldwyn, it gave me lots of concepts to go away and ponder and challenged some of my own biases. You see, for me, it’s not just about learning a bunch of vocal exercises. It’s also about bigger picture, challenging assumptions and learning about how to be the BEST and most kick-butt teacher in order to support my students. Shannon, thank you for continually challenging us to choose our words with care and to keep questioning.


    Gillian Ramm, Voice Teacher & Soprano (Brighton, UK)

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


    Lisa Mulgrew, Voice Teacher (Lethbridge, Canada)

HERE’S WHAT THIS PRACTICUM THING IS:

  • two-week intensive
  • small cohort
  • weekly live trainings over FaceBook
  • weekly group discussions over Zoom
  • 24/7 ongoing discussion, interaction, feedback, and application over Marco Polo 
  • rock star-level expert Q&A
  • certificate of completion
  • $500

2022 Voice Teacher Practicums

14 to 25 Feb
Child & Adolescent Voice

14 to 18 Mar
MARCH BREAK INTENSIVE

2 to 20 May
TVI101 Follow Up

14 to 15 June
Contemporary Voice

Past Practicums

  • Contemporary Voice
  • Neurodivergent Voice
  • Child & Adolescent Voice

HERE ARE SOME DETAILS ABOUT THESE PRACTICUM THINGS:

SCHEDULE

Mon & Wed (or Thurs) morning (Eastern/Toronto Time) LIVE TRAININGS: I go LIVE to offer immediately applicable tools that you can use during the week in your studio. I talk about how we learn and how we teach, and how to change our teaching so we are fostering optimum learning in our students. Teachers are welcome to attend synchronously or asynchronously as every live and the comments on each live are recorded and available to peruse any time during the practicum.

Fri morning (or Sat afternoon) (Eastern/Toronto Time) GROUP DISCUSSION: We have a GROUP DISCUSSION where we all get in one (zoom) room and have a Q&A with a super-rock-star-level expert AND discuss our successes in the studio AND ask questions about specific challenges. Group discussions are recorded and may be watched at any time BUT the magic of the group discussion really happens if everyone attends live. I work with the entire cohort of teachers to come up with a time for the group discussion that EVERYONE can attend live. (And I’ve done this successfully across SEVEN TIME ZONES so I’m feeling VERY confident that I can successfully schedule YOUR cohort, too.)

24/7: Video engagement carries on TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN in these practicums because we use platforms (see below) that allow us to work super-successfully while being completely asynchronous. IT’S MAGIC. #PINKYSWEAR

YOUR COMMITMENT

Not gonna’ lie: these practicums are INTENSE. You will want to set aside at least four hours per week to watch live trainings, to participate in the group discussions, and to engage in the video chats. Participants find that the more they are able to put in, the more they get out but that even if they’re only able to commit to that four hours per week? They get a TONNE of return on their investment. Because: participants are able to go back and review lives, comments, resources, group discussions, and videos for as long as they like. Yep: this is the gift that keeps on giving.

TL;DR: minimum four hours of commitment per week, 90 minutes of which is synchronous/live.

 

PLATFORMS

We use three platforms (I know, I know – someday I’m going to mosey on over to a platform that can do it all AND that works for the folks who aren’t on FaceBook but for now … we’re stuck kind of piecemealing it, if you know what I mean):

 

    1.  FaceBook: In the welcome email, participants are invited to a private FaceBook group that ONLY participants can access. Things that happen on FaceBook: weekly live trainings (and the comments that accompany them), resource threads, announcements with all the links and event times, video recordings of group discussions, weekly prompts or things to consider, and event reminders RE Q&A and group discussions.  The FaceBook group is archived about a week after the practicum ends so participants will have access to everything in the group forever (or, you know, as long as FaceBook is around) but will no longer be able to post or comment.
    2. Zoom: Group discussions occur in my private ‘Zoom Room’ and the link to it is available through announcements in the FaceBook Group. Recordings of group discussions are posted to FaceBook for review.
    3. Marco Polo: Marco Polo is a free video-sharing app that you can use on a mobile phone or tablet to upload videos OR to create spur-of-the moment videos. In the welcome email, participants receive the link to the app and instructions on how to join the private group video-chat that only participants can access. Participants love this part of the practicum because it allows everyone to interact at their own pace and as much or as little as they like, while being supported and encouraged by everyone else in the cohort. Participants are encouraged to post videos asking questions about teaching / voice pedagogy or applying tools in their studio, about how application is going in their studio or successes in the studio, or anything else they want to discuss or get feedback about. Participants are also welcome to post videos of some of their teaching for feedback. Participants are all encouraged to respond and engage with other participants through the video sharing app, and I am there to moderate and guide the discussion, answer questions and provide feedback. It’s PURE MAGIC and most participants will tell you that this is their FAVOURITE part of the practicums. (Also? The OG Marco Polo group I started in May 2020 with seven voice teachers, is STILL GOING. #notevenjoking)
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