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The Singing Teacher's Retreat
Dr Gillyanne Kayes talks about singing teaching

The Singing Teacher's Retreat

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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"

STOP PRESS: In 2019 the Singing Teacher's Retreat will be happening in three different countries: Australia, Germany and the UK

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

  • You also get 18 hours of CPD points at no extra charge

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. You get personal attention, advice and mentoring from both Gillyanne and Jeremy throughout this weekend.

"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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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?
More 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 experts.

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 that 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 approach.

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:

  1. Create and develop your own client profile checklist - what to listen and look for when they walk in the door

  2. Understand and identify a number of different vocal problems that might occur in your client group

  3. Understand and develop incremental learning strategies for your clients

  4. Communicate concepts about vocal function to individuals or groups

  5. Devise exercises that tackle specific vocal problems

STOP PRESS: Book our dates for the UK above, for Germany click here, and for Australia click here.

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.


Melbourne, Australia April 26th-28th 2019
Hamburg, Germany July 5th-7th 2019
Presteigne, UK July 26th-28th 2019

The Retreats usually run Friday-Sunday. The UK Retreats take place in Presteigne, 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 venue gives exactly the right atmosphere for concentrated learning and relaxation. Our food comes from two prize-winning local providers - Deli Tinto (voted best Deli in Wales) and Alex Gooch (BBC Artisan Baker of the Year), with salads and vegetables from the (very) local organic farm.

If you are interested in joining us in the UK, click here for a UK Retreat Experience pdf with information about where we are and what to expect

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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