The Singing Teacher's Retreat
The Singing Teacher's Retreat is for you, the Teacher
We want you to be a better, more effective teacher. Discover how to take a holistic view of your student and their needs -
and how to know which 'issues' to prioritise in specific situations.
"I've felt for
ages that there is a hole at the heart of my teaching and for the first
time I know really where it is and how to target it. To say I'm
delighted is an understatement"
This CPD Accredited Singing Teacher's Retreat will help you
listen behind and underneath the style of singing to hear the real vocal function issues
find new ways of communicating concepts about voice and music to your students
get specific advice on how to fix problems your students experience in your teaching studio
add to your knowledge about the voice and learn how to apply it
improve your vocal diagnostic skills
Who are we?
We are Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher. We've travelled around the world sharing our knowledge and techniques, and we have clients in the US, Canada, South America, the Far East, Australasia and across Europe. We've written bestselling singing books, created sell-out training DVDs and launched a series of professional development Webinars online. We're well-known for our diagnostic skills and our ability to resolve technical issues quickly.
Over this weekend we are going to share that knowledge with you so that you can move on in your own teaching - increasing your personal satisfaction and advancing your career.
"I want to say how welcoming you were and how comfortable
you made me feel. I actually felt like I could ask questions no matter
how stupid... Something I have not experienced in my education"
Interested in this Retreat? Here's what we DON'T want
If you're a performer who isn't doing well and thinks that singing teaching is something they can do until their career improves, this Retreat is NOT for you
If you believe that classical vocal technique covers everything and all your pupils need to do is have singing lessons with you for several years before they can sing in public, this Retreat is NOT for you
If you're comfortable in your knowledge and are just attending because someone's told you it's the buzz course to be seen at, this Retreat is NOT for you
We are NOT opening this course out to everybody. We only want to work with people who have already demonstrated a commitment to teaching by actually doing it. And we want people who have a working knowledge of vocal function as described in our books, courses and our online Webinars.
"Thanks so much for a brilliant course, I will be processing it all for ages. I
can honestly say this was the best money I have spent on any course, ever!"
Does this Retreat fit your needs?
Being a successful teacher means:
relating to your students
hitting the diagnostic nail on the head
knowing when quick fixes are ok (and which ones to use)
planning a longer term training programme
Bring your questions and we'll work with you to find answers that work for you
Bring video or audio footage of pupils and we'll talk you through exactly what you need to do to help your students improve
Bring the vocal challenges that you deal with every day and we will show you how to devise targeted exercises to address each one
Why this Retreat?
I need Continuing Professional Development training points. Why would I come on this Retreat?
Many teachers are required to provide evidence of Continuing Professional Development in their field, but authorised CPD courses for singing teachers are rare. Since May 2016 Vocal Process has been an authorised Continuing Professional Development Centre. This Singing Teacher's Retreat carries 18 CPD points ratified by the CPD Standards Office, which can be awarded on completion of the weekend.
I'm experienced in classical techniques. Why would I come on this Retreat?
and more students want to sing in different music styles. As a
responsible teacher you need to know how to guide them safely through
different vocal styles and setups. Both of us are experienced in
classical vocal training - we know which techniques transfer well and which don't.
We were invited to co-author the chapter on pedagogy in different sung
genres for the Oxford Handbook of Singing - that makes us the expert's
I've studied Estill, why would I come on this Retreat?
Because you (and we) know there's more! We
understand and have used Estill techniques for almost 2 decades -
Gillyanne was one of the original Vanguard Licensees and Jeremy
ran the first testing centre in the UK. Gillyanne wrote the only book
sets out how to use the Estill information within a wider pedagogical model, and gave the viral After Estill keynote speech for AOTOS. Many teachers
who have taken Estill Levels 1&2 and studied up to CMT level have come to us to gain more clarity, learn practical application, and
benefit from our more inclusive
I teach contemporary singing styles, why would I come on this Retreat?
Many contemporary singers can perform well but don't have clear processes for passing their skills on. You can learn the processes, the strategies and the vast number of exercises that we use when we teach. And we'll explain why we've chosen particular exercises and not others to tackle particular problems. We've been teaching performers in the recording studio, concert hall and theatre for more years than we care to name.
By the end of the
Singing Teacher’s Retreat you will be able to:
Create and develop your own client profile
checklist – what to listen and look for when they walk in the door
Understand and identify a number of different
vocal problems that might occur in your client group
Understand and develop incremental learning strategies
for your clients
Communicate concepts about vocal function
to individuals or groups
Devise exercises that tackle specific vocal
SPECIAL BONUSES worth over £50
Bonuses. The Retreat price includes access to two of our most popular vocal diagnostics Webinars:
Webinar 1 - How We Diagnose: Client Profile
Webinar 2 - How We Diagnose: Vocal Technique
These Webinars will be sent to you to watch before the Retreat begins, so that we can move quickly through your options during the Retreat.
DATES AND TIMES
February 16-18 2018
The Retreat begins on Friday afternoon February 16th and ends on the following Sunday afternoon (February 18th). It takes place in our home in
Presteigne on the Welsh borders. Presteigne was recently voted one of the top ten small towns for
quality of life in the UK by the Daily Telegraph. Our tranquil garden
has a river running through it, and our quiet house gives exactly the
right atmosphere for concentrated learning and relaxation. Our food
comes from three prize-winning local providers - Deli Tinto (voted best
Deli in Wales), Alex Gooch (BBC Artisan Baker of the Year),
and Scrummy Bites (Ludlow Food Festival winner) - and the local organic
One weekend Retreat that gives you the tools, the input and the
'refresh' you need to bring your singing teaching skills up to date.
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