what is VBC: TEACHER TRAINING?
Get your teaching year off to a great start, with two days of continuing professional development for singing teachers, delivered by some of the UK’s leading professionals. Husband-and-wife team Giles Underwood and Carys Lane will refresh your warm-ups, giving you new ideas to share with your students. West End tenor and renowned singing teaching Alastair Brookshaw will be giving us tips and techniques for teaching a range of styles in your lessons. Dr Emma Silver will be sharing what she believes music teachers need to know about working with young people, from her perspective as a leading clinical psychologist and Director of Wellbeing at Highgate School. Nicola-Jane Kemp and Heidi Pegler (known to many as the editors of the “Language of Song” series from Faber Music) will be presenting a session on “bringing it all together” - how to harness all your knowledge to deliver a great singing lesson, every time.
In addition to all of this, four of the leading examination boards (ABRSM, Trinity, LCM, and Music Teachers Board) will be giving presentations about their singing syllabus, and taking your questions. This is your chance to find out what makes each exam board distinct from the others, what they offer, and figure out which exam boards is right for your pupils.
Hit the ground running in the first week of term, refreshed, inspired, and ready to take your singing teaching to the next level
how WILL THE COURSE work?
Each day runs from 10am until 3pm and will be a structured, comprehensive course to equip you with tools to enhance your teaching, and to help you navigate the graded exam system for the four main schools.
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September, from 10am until 3pm on both days.
WHO ARE THE EXPERTS?
Our teachers are: Nicola-Jane Kemp, Alastair Brookshaw, Dr. Emma Silver, Giles Underwood, Heidi Pegler and Carys Lane. Read more here!
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Through zoom. You will receive ONE zoom link when you pay just £95 for the whole weekend.
HOW DO I BOOK?
You just need to book here!
WHAT'S BEING COVERED IN THE SESSIONS?
You can find the daily programme here
WHAT IF I'M NOT AVAILABLE AT 10AM EACH DAY? ARE THE SESSIONS RECORDED?
Yes! The sessions will be available for 21 days after the live Zoom sessions.
Head of Singing at Eton College, Chair of the Association of Teacher of Singing (AOTOS), editor of The Language of Song (Faber Music)
Professional Tenor working in both classical music and Music Theatre. Trained at Mountview. Teaches numerous professionals in the West End.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with 25 years experience working in child and adolescent mental health. Director of Wellbeing at Highgate School.
Professional baritone, Prossor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music, Director of Music at University College, Oxford.
Head of Singing at St. Paul’s Girls School, London. Editor of “The Best of Singing” and co-editor of “The Language of Song” (Faber Music).
Vocal tutor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Singing teacher on the Rodolfus Choral Courses. Vocal consultant for the Merton Girls Choir, Oxford
SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
Warm up workshop
Exercises to get your students’ voices going
Giles Underwood and Carys Lane
Exams: Rockschool Vocals
Chief Examiner, ABRSM
Teaching Different Styles: Combining classical, music theatre and pop in your teaching practice
SunDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
The Special Relationship: Making space for the emotional life of students
Dr. Emma Silver
Exams: London College of Music
Exams: Music Teachers Board
Bringing it all together: Shaping your teaching practice for the year ahead
Nicky-Jane Kemp (Chair of AOTOS) and Heidi Pegler