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Choosing a singing teacher

There are excellent teachers, good teachers, teachers who don’t really do any harm but don’t actually know enough to do a student much good, and teachers who actually mislead because they don’t know what they are doing. How can we find a

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A to J model of singing

My singing students are well acquainted with my teaching model for singing lessons, and this summary is a reminder for them of the core concepts. It serves as a draft outline of a book I would like to write about what

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Who is in charge of a singer’s learning?

Introduction This is an edited version of my posts (without other people’s responses) in a topic (Jan 2013) I started on a LinkedIn discussion group consisting of singing teachers. I wanted to explore what role / responsibility teachers felt a

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The Alphabet Map (‘A to J’)

The ‘3 + 1’ Map is a broad overview, and fits onto the Alphabet Map that starts to drill down into more detail. Our use of language can subliminally and powerfully affect how our students think about singing. It is

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The Learning Map (7 points)

In the ‘transmission model’ of teaching, the teacher transfers a body of information to a relatively passive receiver, the student. While there is some information on singing that can be conveyed this way, the student needs to embody the knowledge

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Models and Maps for Singing

As students learn, they consciously or subconsciously try to fit each teaching point coherently into a bigger picture – developing their own ‘cognitive map’ of how singing works. But do we as teachers have a coherent map? Can we articulate

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Singing is a learned skill, not a ‘gift’ we’re born with

Developing competence – can anyone sing? There is a model of learning that has been around in various forms since the ancient Greeks. Its modern description goes something as follows: Unconscious Incompetence: At this level, we are unskilful. We may

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The perils of warming up

or … How can we help students become independent of teachers? (First published in ‘Singing’ – the Journal of The Association of Teachers of Singing (UK), Spring 2011) What exactly is a warm-up, and who should be in charge? Students often

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Children and Young People

Please read the whole of this document before considering contacting me. It is very rare for me to take on young students, and my requirements are strict. Where to start Unfortunately, it is very hard to find a teacher who

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Learning from our performances

A post-performance evaluation exercise It has been said that there is no such thing as failure, or a mistake, just opportunities for learning. This is a method for how to learn from a past event that you have been involved

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