Access Course

This teacher-mentor based access to training shows aspiring singing teachers how to acquire the basic skills needed to start teaching safely and with confidence. The course offers unique hands-on guidance to people who want to teach singing well, and is in two parts:

  • introductory Access Day (£75)
  • Mentoring Programme and Follow-up Day (£195).

Access Day

Before the Access Day you will be asked to complete a questionnaire giving a picture of your journey so far which will help us to understand your particular strengths and needs.

The Access Day introduces the new teacher to the members of the AOTOS Teacher Training Team, who build up a picture of the needs of each individual teacher through a combination of group activities and individual interviews. You will need to bring two copies of a song that you will sing during your individual interview.

At this stage there is no obligation to continue with the Pathways programme if it is not currently right for you.

See below for dates for Access Days

Cost: £75

How to pay

    • To pay by debit card, credit card or Paypal, click on the date you want and fill in the form; you’ll then be taken to the Paypal site to complete payment (you don’t need a Paypal account).
    • To pay by cheque or bank transfer, click on the date you want, fill in the form and click Submit; then email the Administrator, Beck Laxton, at administrator@aotos.org.uk, for our bank details and the address to send cheques to.

Mentoring Programme

Once you have attended an Access Day, you can join our Mentoring Programme.

For these teacher–mentor sessions, each participant is paired with an experienced AOTOS mentor. Through six regular sessions, usually around 30 minutes each and usually online, a course of study and development is tailored to your individual needs. You can arrange the dates in collaboration with your AOTOS mentor.

Sessions may include:

  • lesson content
  • problem-solving from lessons taught
  • repertoire
  • basic technique
  • general advice on personal development skills (such as singing lessons or keyboard skills)
  • lesson observations.

The Mentoring Programme ends with a Follow-up Day. This is an interactive group day, with the emphasis on shared teaching, specific exercises and learning techniques. You will also plan your future development with your mentor, and with the teacher training team.

Discounted AOTOS membership

We will also ask you to become an AOTOS member and while you are on the Access Course we offer a heavily discounted rate of £10. Membership gives you access to our programme of conferences and development days, which we strongly recommend that you use as part of your training.

How to book

Find a date that suits you, then book for the Mentoring Programme and Follow-up Day, plus discounted AOTOS membership if you’re not already a member, at the same time.

    • To pay by debit card, credit card or Paypal, click on the date you want and fill in the form; you’ll then be taken to the Paypal site to complete payment (you don’t need a Paypal account).
    • To pay by cheque or bank transfer, click on the date you want, fill in the form and click Submit; then email the Administrator, Beck Laxton, at administrator@aotos.org.uk, for our bank details and the address to send cheques to.

Find out more

To discuss your needs or decide which course will suit you best, contact our Training Director Margaret Aronson:

Dates

EventDateVenue
Pathways 1: Access Day (Cheshire)4 June 2017Sandbach School, Cheshire
Pathways 1: Mentoring Programme and Follow-up Day28 October 2017St Paul's Girls’ School, London