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Wall O’ Testimonials

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CONGRATS! You found my super-secret wall o’ testimonials (aka testimonials easter egg).

This page kind of makes me cry but don’t let that stop you from taking a look around.

And if you have something you’d like to add? Go on and let me know!

(OBVIOUSLY I’m not adverse to having MORE KIND WORDS all in one place.)

PROTIP: Hover over (or click) a testimonial image to see more lovely words.

“I have been introducing these concepts to the rest of my students all week, with the result that they are all already more at ease with singing and in control of their vocal choices. I cannot recommend Shannon’s courses highly enough, especially for teachers who have only learned Western classical technique and may be struggling to help students in popular genres.”

– Anne Slovin

“You are always on the pulse of what’s new, and I knew it would be totally worthwhile to take the class. It’s good to just get a refresher and take away anything new. Thanks again for this fabulous workshop.”

– Michelyn Wright

“Shout out to Shannon Coates for her Vocal Instrument 101 online course; her simple and straightforward way of explaining the anatomy has made it so much easier for me to explain principles to my students. I’ve been teaching for over 20 years and I feel like I can finally fully explain the physiology of singing to my students. I can’t recommend it enough!”

– Erin Guinup

“Your presentation was exactly what I had envisaged! You provided an important entry-point into vocal anatomy, increasing the students’ understanding of what is involved in the act of singing and underscoring our deep responsibility as voice educators to support the vocal health of our singers. “

– Matthew Otto

“It was invaluable to have Shannon’s insightful & incredibly knowledgeable guidance on aspects of my teaching. She helped me get really specific about providing concise feedback to my students…This meant less talking for me and more singing for my students; not to mention more meaningful instructions and better results from my singers! “

– Gabriela Farias

“Shannon is an absolute master at her craft and her ability to explain and engage her listeners is spectacular! I wish I could have a live zoom session with her every week for the rest of my life!”

– Chantel Mead

“The course challenged me to think in new ways both as a singing teacher and as a performer which I found to be very inspiring. Shannon was easy to talk to you and was very open to answering questions and clarifying all inquiries that we had along the way which helped to reinforce new concepts. All in all it was a great way to pick up some new tools without going back to school!”

Amelia Daigle

“The TVI101 gave me an opportunity to dive into learning in a hands on, non-traditional way that sparked my excitement, interest, and curiosity. I am literally full of happiness because I feel I have found something special in what Shannon offers to people like me. My confidence is soaring because of the knowledge I have and the results I am seeing.”

– Courtney Fowler

“I took the Vocal Pedagogy 101 course 2 years ago, so it was wonderful to revisit it live this past weekend and to be able to discuss things directly with you and with the group. Day 2 was awesome – loved, loved, loved the interactive discussions with the group! I really took so much of this weekend into my teaching this week – it really energized me and clarified how and what I communicated with my students.”

Krisztina Szabó

“I’m thankful for your weekly live office hours and all the information you make readily available. Your excitement about teaching is contagious and a good reminder to not stagnate. I’m grateful for opportunities to learn”

– Kaela Bosch

“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!! 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.”

– Rebecca Gulbranson

“I signed up for the POPUP because I’m always looking for ways to refresh and reframe my teaching. I knew that coming together with a group of people connected via Shannon would be the perfect opportunity to reflect, refresh, and reframe.”

Maureen Batt

“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. 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

“The way you discuss voice science with such precise, accessible and inclusive language is something I have not seen or heard before from any clinician. Your presentation was pitch-perfect and will spark many more conversations. I want more of all of this for my students and have renewed inspiration for my own practice.”

– Sarah Preney

“I can’t tell you how many times this semester I have thought of our class and the great discussions we had over the summer. The positive, supportive, exploratory approach that you use, Shannon, has given me so much to play with as a teacher. This might sound weird, but it’s a relief to not feel like I have to know everything.”

Jennifer Swanson

“All of a sudden, I felt like I had missed out on the past 20 years of research and was intimidated. 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, thank you for all that you do!”

– Elspeth Maynard

“Thank you for creating this to build confidence for teachers… for sharing your knowledge and resources with other instructors in an easy to learn, fun way… it makes our jobs so much more enjoyable so we can focus on connection and the things that matter.”

– Courtney Fowler

“I highly recommend the course if you’ve sung a lot of Classical music but are crossing over to contemporary styles in your voice studio. Beyond the technique, there was also a lot of thought-provoking discussion. All the good stuff to keep us questioning, challenging and nudging at the edges as voice teachers.”

– Gillian Ramm

“Shannon’s vocal presentations are informative and fun. Whether you are just getting started or looking to deepen your understanding and application of voice science and pedagogy for all ages, please take advantage of her engaging teaching style and passion for all things singing.”

– Nikki Loney

“Thank you so much for the generous and amazing resources you share with us. You are influencing me so much and I love it!.”

Sharon Tree

“The information about vocal anatomy solidified things that I have been trying to understand on my own reading through texts, and articles, because I do not have the time to go back to school for a pedagogy degree. Many of the concepts you covered delved into the specific intricacies of teaching voice through the knowledge of vocal anatomy.”

– Traci Davis

“I found the course very informative and entertaining. Your vast experience in CCM and Classical genres, as well as your informed, research-based and relevant approach to teaching voice, came across strongly, leaving me inspired and in some instances even validated in my thinking and approach to teaching.”

– Graham Diesel

“I’m thrilled and proud to say that I finished this course by Shannon Coates yesterday! This course was so amazing and fulfilling, and made me feel so much better prepared to help my students and continue my education as a voice teacher.”

– Mandy Goldman

“AMAZING. Thank you so much for all the information. I love taking the opportunity to learn as an independent business owner, to develop and continue to educate myself. Thank you for being such an inviting and warm personality to listen to.”

Kimberley Markarian

“I wanted to thank you for this absolutely amazing class. It has helped me articulate so many ideas that I have had in my mind. I have attended a vocal pedagogy presentation in the past that left me feeling confused and baffled. The clarity and beautifully relatable way you in which shared your knowledge with us was so wonderful!”

– Tanisha Herbert

“Dr. Shannon Coates has an incredible wealth of information to share regarding vocal anatomy and physiology. The material is easy to understand and delivered in a flexible, approachable format. Shannon’s expertise and passion for vocal pedagogy comes through in her engaging lessons and discussions around all things voice!”

– Rachelle Courtney

“I would recommend Dr. Coates to anyone/organization who would like to learn more about how to teach/engage young voices. Thank you for being our guest clinician and we look forward to having you with us again soon!!”

Jennifer Tung

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