Voice Ped Practicums
HERE’S THE THING:
YOU ARE A VOICE TEACHER WHO KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT TEACHING. And maybe you’ve taken a POPUP Voice Ped Class or two with me. (Because you probably wouldn’t be considering this Voice Ped Practicum if you hadn’t, #amiright?)
And now you want to consolidate that knowledge through discussion and real-life application. (Because knowing a thing isn’t really knowing a thing until you’ve done the thing, #amiright?)
And you’re not afraid to get down and dirty with a bunch of other fabulous voice teachers who are just as eager to apply the thing as you are. (Because you know that learning in small groups is kind of like learning to the power of 10,000, #amiright?)
And you love to get your learning on in short, sweet intensives. (Because you’re running an actual voice studio over there and you do not have the time or energy to meet on a weekly basis for the rest of your life, #amiright?)
I think I’m right.
- the group dynamic was absolutely my favourite thing; teaching can be so lonely and there’s no Staff Room to go to
- it was SO validating to hear the suggestions and ideas of the group and realize that my own ideas and techniques are good
- the Marco Polo interaction brought a level of equality for me as an introvert because I felt I could respond in my own time AND I could prepare what I wanted to say
- this group gave me the courage to not have all of the answers in the studio and to allow for more exploration and discovery, which lead to more success and deeper learning
- knowing that there was a group of voice teachers who could help me out or make suggestions if something didn’t work in the studio gave me so much more confidence to actually try new things
Upcoming Voice Ped Practicums
8 to 19 November
Let’s get real: your western-classical training didn’t do you any favours when it comes to working with real-life contemporary singers. And now you’re out there in the real world teaching singers from all walks of life … the majority of whom are not particularly interested in learning how to sing ‘opera’. So, you’ve read some books and you’ve caught some lives and you’re figuring it out as best you can … but THIS HERE? This is the opportunity to work this out IN A MENTORED PRACTICUM WITH COLLEAGUES IN REAL TIME.
Because hardly anyone in your studio wants to sing Caro Mio Ben, #amiright?
Voice Ped Practicums (explained)
HERE’S WHAT THE THING IS:
- two-week intensive
- small cohort
- weekly live trainings over FaceBook
- weekly group discussions over Zoom
- 24/7 ongoing discussion, interaction, feedback, and application over Marco Polo
- rock star-level expert Q&A
- certificate of completion
Voice Ped Practicums (explained with, you know, details)
Mon & Wed (or Thurs) morning (Eastern/Toronto Time): I go LIVE to offer immediately applicable tools that you can use during the week in your studio. I talk about how we learn and how we teach, and how to change our teaching so we are fostering optimum learning in our students. Teachers are welcome to attend synchronously or asynchronously as every live and the comments on each live are recorded and available to peruse any time during the practicum.
Fri morning (or Sat afternoon) (Eastern/Toronto Time): We have a GROUP DISCUSSION where we all get in one (zoom) room and have a Q&A with a super-rock-star-level expert AND discuss our successes in the studio AND ask questions about specific challenges. Group discussions are recorded and may be watched at any time BUT the magic of the group discussion really happens if everyone attends live. I work with the entire cohort of teachers to come up with a time for the group discussion that EVERYONE can attend live. (And I’ve done this successfully across SEVEN TIME ZONES so I’m feeling VERY confident that I can continue to schedule these successfully in future.)
24/7: Video engagement carries on TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN in these practicums because we use platforms (see below) that allow us to work super-successfully while being completely asynchronous. IT’S MAGIC. #PINKYSWEAR
Not gonna’ lie: these practicums are INTENSE. You will want to set aside at least four hours per week to watch lives, to participate in the group discussions, and to engage in the video chats. Participants find that the more they are able to put in, the more they get out but that even if they’re only able to commit to that four hours per week? They get a TONNE of return on their investment. Because: participants are able to go back and review lives, comments, resources, group discussions, and videos for as long as they like. Yep: this is the gift that keeps on giving.
TL;DR: minimum four hours of commitment per week, 90 minutes of which is synchronous/live.
We use three platforms (I know, I know – someday I’m going to mosey on over to a platform that can do it all AND that works for the folks who aren’t on FaceBook but for now … we’re stuck kind of piece-mealing it, if you know what I mean):
- FaceBook: In the welcome email, participants are invited to a private FaceBook group that ONLY participants can access. Things that happen on FaceBook: weekly lives (and the comments that accompany them), resource threads, announcements with all the links and event times, video recordings of group discussions, weekly prompts or things to consider, and event reminders RE Q&A and group discussions. The FaceBook group is archived about a week after the practicum ends so participants will have access to everything in the group forever (or, you know, as long as FaceBook is around) but will no longer be able to post or comment,
- Zoom: Group discussions occur in my private ‘Zoom room’ and the link to it is available through announcements in the FaceBook Group. Recordings of group discussions are posted to FaceBook for review.
- Marco Polo: Marco Polo is a free video-sharing app that you can use on a mobile phone or tablet to upload videos OR to create spur-of-the moment videos. In the welcome email, participants receive the link to the app and instructions on how to join the private group video-chat that only participants can access. Participants love this part of the practicum because it allows everyone to interact at their own pace and as much or as little as they like, while getting support and encouragement from everyone else in the group. Participants are encouraged to post videos asking questions about teaching / voice pedagogy or applying tools in their studio, about how application is going in their studio or successes in the studio, or anything else they want to discuss or get feedback about. Participants are also welcome to post videos of some of their teaching for feedback. Participants are all encouraged to respond and engage with other participants through the video sharing app, and I am there to moderate and guide the discussion, answer questions and provide feedback. It’s PURE MAGIC and most participants will tell you that this is their FAVOURITE part of the practicums. (Also? The OG Marco Polo group I started in May 2020 with seven voice teachers, is STILL GOING. #notevenjoking)