Programme

Friday 25 July

09.30 Council arrive for coffee
10.00 – 13.00 Council meeting
14.00 Registration
15.00 TEA & COFFEE
16.00 Janice Thompson AOTOS Chairman – Welcome
16.15 – 16.45 Dr Meribeth Dayme, Resident Guest Speaker
Back to the Future: creating new paradigms from the old
16.45 – 17.30 Ian Anderson Gray
Digital Marketing & Social Media for Singing Teachers
17.30 – 18.30 Dr Jenevora Williams
What is a Warm-up? 
What happens when we warm up? – with examples and explanations
19.00 DINNER
20.30 – 21.30 Dr Meribeth Dayme
A little after dinner get-to-know-you session
A short workshop featuring vocal exercises that are funny, therapeutic, healthy, and artistic at the same time

Saturday 26 July

07.30 BREAKFAST
09.15 – 10.00 Rachel Little and Christopher Wray
Something old, something new, something borrowed, nothing blue!
A practical warm up session for all – be prepared to sing and move!
10.00 – 11.00 Dr Alan Watson
How Singers breathe
An attempt to separate fact from fiction by providing an overview of the process
of breathing in singers based on objective scientific studies
11.00 TEA & COFFEE
11.30 – 13:00 Liza Hobbs
The Golden Age
Teaching the older singer – the benefits and the limitations
13.00 LUNCH
14.20 – 14.30 Chairman’s Introduction to AOTOS SEMINARS
Singing Teaching in the Community – Practical Sessions
14.30 – 15.10
Either
Seminar 1

Victoria Bremner
Singing For The Brain©
An exploration of this stimulating musical activity for people with dementia and their carers.
Or
Seminar 2

Jane MacDouall
‘The Joys and Benefits of Community Singing’
15.15 – 15.55
Either
Seminar 3
Approaches to Early Years Singing
Members share practical experiences and exercises
Chaired by Janice Thompson
Or
Seminar 4

Philippa Hardy
Working with recordings and backing tracks in the classroom’
How recordings and backing tracks can speed up and enhance learning.
15.55 – 16.00 AOTOS Seminars
Conclusions and Findings
16.00 TEA & COFFEE
16.30 – 18.30 Dr Meribeth Dayme
Masterclass and Workshop
A session for both singers and audience. Please bring short song samples to use for the exercises. Followed by questions and answers.
19.00 DINNER
20.30 – 21.30 Heidi Pegler presents What’s in the bag?
Music Bag Essentials – Repertoire not to leave home without!

Sunday 27 July

07.30 BREAKFAST
09.15 – 10.00 Start the Day with the AOTOS Teacher Training Team
Teacher Training Director Margaret Aronson and Admin Assistant Joy Naylor
offer information and warm-ups
10.00 – 11.00 David Lawrence presents Choral Singing Today and Tomorrow
The currents trends in choral singing from David’s perspective and the collaborative possibilities which exist between singing teachers and conductors, plus an extended Q + A session on what the future may hold.
11.00 TEA & COFFEE
11.30 – 12.30 AGM
12.30 – 13.00 Dr Susan Yarnall Monks
Leo Sings! A summary of the European project partnered by EVTA
Exploring opportunities, similarities and differences in vocal education across Europe.
13.00 – 14.15 LUNCH
14.15 – 15.00 The Future of the Private Singing Teacher
Round Table Discussion.
15.00 Dr Meribeth Dayme
Improve your performance by drawing your song.
A form of “musical graffiti” that you may never have experienced. Please come prepared with a well-learned song and some coloured pens to use for this exercise.
 16.00 Chairman’s Closing Speech

The Council reserves the right to amend the programme without prior notice in the event of any unforeseen circumstances