Pathways – training for voice teachers

The object of AOTOS is to advance education in the teaching of singing. We offer courses individually tailored to your needs, allowing you to find your own pathway with expert guidance at every step. With a unique focus on mentored training, where you’ll teach a pupil in the studio alongside an experienced mentor, our courses are both practical and inspirational: our aim is, simply, to equip you to be a good teacher.

As the only professional body specifically for voice teachers, we are able to draw on a body of knowledge from our whole membership, with experts at the highest levels across all genres, ages and voice types: our philosophy is to encourage openness and the sharing of ideas.

With an average ratio of three mentors to nine students, you are assured of individual attention in a supportive environment.

Pathways Course

Access Day

Not sure whether voice teaching is for you? Start with our Access Day: if you decide teaching is not for you, you can stop there.

Already started teaching? Use our Access Day to identify your strengths and weaknesses and start to map out your professional pathway.

Mentoring Programme and Follow-up Day

Start acquiring the basic skills needed to start teaching safely and with confidence. AOTOS mentors will give hands-on guidance through a programme of mentoring sessions as you move forwards.

Foundation Course

This unique course, run over three weekends, helps you assemble the basic toolkit you need on your journey as a singing teacher. Study the facets of voice teaching common to all genres, developing and improving your skills as you go, with three weekends of mentored training and group sessions spread through the year.

This course may run in 2019. If you are interested, please contact the Pathways Administrator.

Professional Development Course

Four years or more of teaching experience? Develop your skills and discover new directions with this intensive, hands-on course, which runs in alternate years. Read about the course that ran in July 2018.


Pathways Access Day (Reading)26 January 2020Berkshire Maestros, Reading
Pathways Access Day (Glasgow)26 April 2020Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Professional Development Course 202019 July – 23 July 2020St. Mary's Music School, Edinburgh