AOTOS Teacher Training
The commitment of AOTOS to the improvement of singing teaching centres on the annual week-long Teacher Training Course.
Evolution of the Course
The course was originally designed to be a professional development one for practising singing teachers. It offers the opportunity for teachers to work with guest pupils watched by an experienced teacher, who then comments and develops further ideas with the student teacher in regular sessions throughout the week. It provides an ideal ‘refresher’ course with chances to share new ideas and hone existing skills.
In response to frequent requests, in recent years the course has evolved to take on a small number of people who are starting to teach. It gives them the chance to sample the ‘studio’ situation with the security of having an experienced professional with them, and can show them the various skills required to become a safe and successful singing teacher.
Alongside the core work with the mentoring teachers we also cover introductory lectures on anatomy for singers, Alexander technique, the developing and older voice, various repertoire issues, examination technique and business sense. There is also a resident pianist who can help to introduce keyboard and harmonic knowledge to those who have come towards the profession from routes other than formal musical training.
The Wider Training Picture
A week-long course cannot provide the thorough training that a singing teacher requires, but we pride ourselves on being able to provide fresh impetus to the experienced teacher, and to start to guide the novice into the routes they could follow. To this end we are developing a resource of other courses and ways in which training can continue, and it is always a pleasure to keep an eye on the progress of the new teachers who start their journey to qualification at our summer course.
Teacher Training Course Personnel
The personnel are drawn from the membership of AOTOS and change and develop each year, but over time we are building up a body of knowledge that is useful to the whole membership, for example on following the development of the teenage voice, and keeping up to date with legal matters relating to running a private studio.