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AOTOS has launched a new accredited online course for singing teachers called ‘Essentials’. This course offers unique hands-on guidance to people who want to teach singing well and are starting out on that journey. It will show aspiring singing teachers how to acquire the basic skills needed to start teaching safely and with confidence.


Aimed at people who have at least two students and have been teaching for a minimum of six months – and up to four years.

The course is run online in four sessions in a group setting facilitated by a course leader supported by engaging video material provided by experts in their field. Topics covered include:

  • basic pedagogy
  • vocal health
  • the changing voice
  • teaching different singing styles
  • running a business
  • setting up your studio
  • motivating your students

There is a maximum of twelve spaces on each course and bookings will close one week before the start date or when the course is full.

The course cost is £80.

Participants will also need to purchase the following books:

  • Teaching Singing to Children and Young People – Jenevora Williams (Compton Publishing)
  • This is a Voice – Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes (welcome collection)
  • Anatomy of the Voice – Theodore Dimon (North Atlantic Books)

Participants will need to complete the course to get the accreditation. There is one bursary available for each course. If the cost is prohibitive for you, click here to view the Dorothy Richardson Bursary.

Forthcoming courses

Sunday afternoon 2.00pm–4.00/4.30pm (on Zoom)

Course leaders: Carrie Birmingham and Rob Lines
Course dates: 31 July, 7 August, 14 August, 21 August
Deadline for signing up: midnight on Tuesday 26 July or once the course is fully booked.

Course Contributors (video material)

Joy Naylor – teaching a lesson (practical demonstration)
Linda Hutchison – vocal pedagogy
Rob Lines – warming up the body in preparation for singing
Melanie Mehta – what to do when a voice goes wrong – vocal health and support
Suzanne Chadwick – the changing voice
Adrienne Hale – teaching different singing styles (classical, MT and CCM)
Janet Shell – how to set up your teaching studio
Heidi Pegler and Janice V. Thompson – safe-guarding and GDPR
Janet Munro – motivating strategies for your students
Angela Durrant – marketing and developing your business

Click here for full information about all of the Course Development Team and Contributors

AOTOS membership

We also highly recommend that you become an AOTOS member if you are not already. Membership gives you access to our programme of conferences and development days, which we strongly recommend that you use as part of your continued professional development (CPD).

Find out more

If you would like further information about the Essentials course, please contact Heidi Pegler at

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