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The accredited online Essentials course offers unique hands-on guidance to people who want to teach singing well and are starting out on that journey. It shows aspiring singing teachers how to acquire the basic skills needed to start teaching safely and with confidence.

Over 140 people have now developed their singing teaching skills with the help of this structured five-session programme led by a select group of expert course leaders.

In June 2024 we added the Essentials Practical Teaching Day to the programme to give early career teachers chance to put these newly-acquired skills into practice.

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About the Essentials course

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 five 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

Please contact Joy Naylor [email protected] if you would like more information about joining the next cohort.

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.

Participants will also need to have access to 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 Dorothy Richardson bursary available for each course. If the cost is prohibitive for you, click here to view available bursaries.