Welcome to the Association of Teachers of Singing. I have been a member of this organisation for more than 25 years and I am delighted to be able to steer the ship for the next two.
AOTOS has grown from its first exciting meetings at Aldeburgh about 45 years ago, into the thriving and vibrant community of singing teachers that it is today. Members are drawn from across the UK, Europe and beyond, meeting together regularly at national conferences and area days, and through our local network of smaller groups called pods.
We are all aware that finding training for this profession can be a challenge. Teaching, learning, and sharing best practice is at the heart of our organisation and we strive to keep teachers up to date, informed and engaged in the practical application of voice science and vocal pedagogy. We do this through by bringing people together at our regular conferences, putting articles in our online newsletter, writing member resources for our website, and hosting lively discussions on our social media forums.
AOTOS incorporates all styles and genres of singing from classical to rock and musical theatre to folk and pop, but at the centre is the understanding, nurturing and development of healthy singing for all.
You may be teaching one to one, in small groups or large classes. You could be a private singing teacher or a visiting music teacher in a school, college, institute of higher education and conservatoire. Or maybe you are a choir director who is aiming to instill vocal technique into your rehearsals or a musical theatre director working at a professional or amateur level. Whatever your situation, we aim to share our information, experience and ideas from our wide membership base so that we can enhance and improve teaching for all.
For new teachers, we offer our successful training and mentoring programme called Pathways. For singing teachers with four or more years of teaching experience, we invite you to engage actively with our Advanced Professional Development Course – a wonderful opportunity to re-charge energy, refresh and reinforce knowledge and ideas, and come away with a real confidence boost.
Being a singing teacher is a life-long training mission and AOTOS has been part of this journey for me. I hope you will consider becoming part of this welcoming, engaging and relevant professional organisation too. I very much look forward to meeting you at our next event.