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Testimonials for DR. SHANNON COATES

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  • The positive, supportive, exploratory approach that you use, Shannon, has given me so much to play with as a teacher.

    Dr. Jennifer Swanson, Assistant Professor & Performance Area Coordinator, University of Windsor School of Creative Arts (Windsor, Canada)

  • I wanted to thank you for this absolutely amazing class (POPUP Voice Ped Class on Contemporary Voice). It has helped me articulate so many ideas that I have had in my mind, about understanding the mechanics of how the voice works in relation to the sound produced by a singer. I have attended a vocal pedagogy presentation in the past that left me feeling confused and baffled. Which is why, the clarity and beautifully relatable way you in which shared your knowledge with us was so wonderful!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 🙂

    Tanisha Herbert, Mezzo Soprano & Voice Coach at VioVoi Music Academy (Bangalore, India)

  • You helped me actually understand formants!

    Nancy Anne Davis, Voice Teacher (Saukville, USA)

  • I'm a better teacher when I'm a student; I'm applying so much of what we're learning in the practicum directly in my studio and seeing incredible changes!

    Brandon Martinez, Voice Teacher (Boston, USA)

  • I have to give another shout out to Shannon Coates for her Vocal Instrument 101 online course. Her simple and straightforward way of explaining vocal anatomy and processes has made it so much easier to explain principles to students. I’ve taught for over 20 years and this course gave me new tools to help students find “head voice” and to understand the functional differences for contemporary technique. I can’t recommend it enough.

    Thanks Shannon

    Erin Guinup, Artistic & Executive Director at Tacoma Refugee Choir (Tacoma, USA)

  • I still fight a lifetime of internalizing how it's "supposed" to sound but that's what propels me to support my students so they find joy in music making and not burden them with judgements and "shoulds". And this is where it starts, in groups like this, we start changing the narrative of what singing is.

    Marnie Ward, Voice & Ukulele Studio (Denver, 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)

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