Voice Teacher Practicum Certificate with Dr Kari Ragan
In the specialised field of teaching singing, the tradition of a supervised practical application is, unfortunately, not the norm. This important aspect of teacher training to become an effective voice teacher is crucial. This course provides just that - it’s for voice teachers wanting real-time feedback in diagnosing vocal challenges and strategising solutions through a systematic approach. There are only nine spaces available to teachers wishing to participate in the supervised practicum. Unlimited additional spaces are available to observational attendees.
Welcome to Voice Study Centre’s Voice Professional Certificate programme. We will be offering a series of micro-credentials to develop learning, teaching and boost your CV. This is one of them!
Tutor: Dr Kari Ragan
Author, singer, voice pedagogue and Voice Study Ambassador Dr Kari Ragan holds both a Bachelor of Music (1987) and Master of Music (1991) in vocal performance from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2005) in vocal performance from the University of Washington.
Dr Ragan has been the recipient of numerous accolades. In 2009, she was the recipient of the NATS Foundation Pedagogy Award; in 2010, she was awarded the New York Singing Teachers’ Association’s (NYSTA) Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate; and in 2011, she was awarded the Wicklund Singing Voice Specialist Certificate.
In 2012, Dr Ragan was the recipient of the coveted Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, which is awarded to candidates who have demonstrated excellence in their profession as singing teachers and have shown interest in, and knowledge of, voice science.
Her articles are found in leading voice journals such as the Journal of Voice and the Journal of Singing, and her book A Systematic Approach to Voice: The Art of Studio Application was published in April 2020. Dr Ragan’s specialisms are in the classical and contemporary commercial music (CCM) genres.
Join Dr Kari Ragan for this online supervised teacher training practicum which will focus on the effective application of the principles of voice production. It will be highly customized, depending on the needs of the select group of participating teachers, and will include a great deal of discussion, observation and interaction.
This course is fully accredited by The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL).
Upon completion of the course, as a particpant you will receive an official ITOL branded certificate to confirm your accreditation.
* Observers will receive a certificate of attendance only *
Mondays 23rd & 30th October and 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th November 2023
Class Times: 5-7pm London Time
Why take this course?
Do you wish you'd have had a Voice Teacher Practicum during your training? Perhaps you've spent a great deal of time studying the principles of voice production and now want real-time, hands-on feedback and experience? Maybe there are particular vocal challenges your student is having and you would like feedback on designing vocal tasks to guide a corrective solution?
This course answers all of the above questions and much more. Based on Dr Ragan’s book A Systematic Approach to Voice: The Art of Studio Application, this course brings those pages into a real-time experience.
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, acoustics and cognition, and familiarity with the functions of voice production as they apply to the musical genre(s) of their students should be at the core of any singing teacher’s pedagogy. Learning the art of teaching those principles is the next critical step in the process.
Participating teachers will have the opportunity to share a portion of a video recorded voice lesson or invite their singer/student for a real-time experience. Any vocal genres and styles are welcome. Teachers will learn a structured approach to aural and visual cues during their students’ voice lessons in order to devise vocal tasks for training efficient singing.
There are only nine spaces available to teachers wishing to participate in the supervised practicum to ensure that there is a great deal of time for feedback and discussion! Unlimited additional spaces are available to observational attendees.
- Signing up as a participating teacher includes presenting a portion of a video recorded voice lesson or inviting the singer in real time (it is anticipated that the participating teachers will attend in real time with their cameras on)
- Each participating teacher will be given a 35-minute time slot twice during the course. They may feature the same student twice or feature two different students
- The 35-minute time slot will be used to play a portion of the student’s lesson. This may be a continuous portion of the lesson or may be made up of different parts of the lesson (other parts can be skipped through if using a video recorded lesson)
- In order to leave plenty of time for feedback and discussion, guidelines recommend playing a 12- to 15-minute segment
- Participating teachers will also receive written feedback
Ragan, K. (2020) A Systematic Approach to Voice: The Art of Studio Application. San Diego, California: Plural Publishing.
Not required but highly encouraged.
Where will the course take place?
What time will the course take place?
The course will run over a six-week period. Participating teachers must attend in real time. Observers can attend in real time or watch on catch-up.
Course Dates: Mondays 23rd & 30th October and 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th November 2023
Class Times: 5-7pm London Time
Participant Cost: £595 JUST 4 SPACES LEFT
Observer Cost: £150
Class Instructor: Dr Kari Ragan