Course Reviews

Course Reviews

Course Review: Increasing Your Perceived Value: Strategies for Voice Teachers with John Henny

Jody Sparrow
Thursday 22nd February 2024

John Henny’s short course on increasing your perceived value began by describing the overall journey of the voice teacher, noting that small steps are powerful, imperfections should be accepted, and “it’s not what you do but who you are” (you are uniquely you, connecting with your audience in your own unique way).

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Course Review: Singing and Postnatal Mental Health with Professor Rosie Perkins

Jody Sparrow
Friday 2nd February 2024

Royal College of Music (RCM) Professor of Music, Health, and Social Science Rosie Perkins delivered a comprehensive one-hour presentation on ‘Singing and Postnatal Mental Health’, featuring key questions such as why postnatal mental health is important and ‘why music?’, as well as detailing recent research studies, implications and next steps.

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Course Review: An Introduction to the Buteyko Breathing Method with Kate Cubley

Jody Sparrow
Tuesday 30th January 2024

Voice Study Centre Ambassador and associate lecturer Kate Cubley’s introduction to the Buteyko breathing method focused on “breadth not depth”, covering a wide range of material including the method’s uses, benefits and potential implications for singers and other voice professionals.

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Course Review: An Exploration of Mixing with Amanda Flynn

Jody Sparrow
Friday 12th January 2024

Following on from the success of her ‘An Exploration of Belting’ short course in August 2023, Amanda Flynn delivered ‘An Exploration of Mixing’ this time round. The course began with a short introduction during which she explained that mixing is very convoluted (even murkier territory than belting!) and that there is so much we don’t know and also so much we disagree on.

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Course Review: Essential Elements for Voice Teaching Success with Justin Stoney

Jody Sparrow
Friday 3rd November 2023

New York Vocal Coaching Founder and President Justin Stoney broke down his practical and engaging ‘Essential Elements for Voice Teaching Success’ course into five easy-to-digest categories – Technique Essentials, Professional Development Essentials, Lesson Strategy Essentials, Business Essentials and Inner Journey & Confidence Essentials – which in turn contained five essential elements each.

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Course Review: Acoustics in the Voice Studio with Gökçe Kutsal

Jody Sparrow
Wednesday 1st November 2023

Gökçe Kutsal’s ‘Acoustics in the Voice Studio’ course aimed to make acoustics “fascinating not intimidating” by eliminating jargon and offering accessible content to a wide range of voice practitioners.

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Course Review: Introduction to Voice Coaching for Trans and Gender Diverse People with Gillie Stoneham

Jody Sparrow
Friday 20th October 2023

Trans and non-binary voice and communication specialist Gillie Stoneham delivered an introductory course offering tips and insights into voice coaching in the realm of trans and gender diverse people.

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Course Review: A Voice for the Voiceless with William Leigh Knight

Jody Sparrow
Friday 6th October 2023

William Leigh Knight’s two-hour short course explored the concepts of ‘tone-deafness’ and the ‘voiceless’. It was infused with personal anecdotes throughout, including William’s first-ever experience of working with (and experimenting with) tone-deafness in a student.

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Course Review: Vocal Health in Children and Young People with Olivia Sparkhall

Jody Sparrow
Monday 25th September 2023

Olivia Sparkhall’s two-hour course drew considerably on her book – 'A Young Person’s Guide to Vocal Health' – which was published in 2022. She started off by pondering questions around young voices, sharing examples of some she has been asked in the past such as “is it OK to drink coffee?” and “why is it hard to sing after swallowing?”

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