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

  • Having a peer group to pose these questions to and assess each other’s singing was incredible and such a valuable experience.


    Courtney Fowler, Voice Teacher & Performance Academy Owner (Paradise, Canada)

  • Shannon packs so much depth of information with such an engaging, relatable, fun, and kind teaching approach.


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

  • My confidence is soaring because of the knowledge I have and the results I am seeing.


  • 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 insightful and incredibly knowledgeable guidance on aspects of my teaching was invaluable!


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

  • I can pinpoint a moment in my teaching that changed the game for me, it was your pedagogy power up in Grand Rapids, MI was that moment. You asked me to be specific and intentional in my feedback with the singer I was working with and since then I have set out to be much more intentional in both my teaching and my life. In lessons, I ask clients to make a decision and not default to something simply because it’s easier. I ask them to be intentional in the same way I am intentionally investing my energy into their vocal growth. I encourage them to invest an equal amount of time and energy to develop the voice that they love. I’m learning so much more about my students instruments than I ever thought I could.

    It’s helped me come up with my Elizabeth Barry Teacher tagline and when I tell people about my job, I say “I get to Inspire folx to intentionally use their voices and sing their own story” and that’s the best freaking feeling in the world.

    So thanks! I am the human I am today because you were intentional with me.


    Elizabeth Barry, Co-Founder & Voice Teacher at Grand Rapids Voice Collective (Grand Rapids, USA)

  • I am currently doing a Voice Ped Practicum with Shannon and a group of fabulous voice teachers. The Practicum gave me an opportunity to dive into learning in a hands on, non traditional way that sparked my excitement, interest and curiosity. My co-workers have noticed my joy at work, which is in part due to having our classes spaced out to meet restrictions (which gives me time to BREATHE), but also due to the fact I am excited to go in to work and see RESULTS in my students. I feel valuable. I know when I meet an issue I don’t understand, I have a support group to offer help, insight, and the most current research around any given topic. If we don’t know, we learn together. I am asking questions and getting answers. I am finding new sounds within myself. I am finding myself practicing more, making plans, and dreaming. I am literally full of happiness because I feel I have found something special in what Shannon offers to people like me (aka voice teachers who have not received their doctorate in voice but are successfully working in the field). My confidence is soaring because of the knowledge I have and the results I am seeing.


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

6 to 17 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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