Teacher Training:

Courses for singing teachers and music departments

Natasha designs courses for singing teachers and music departments in schools and colleges that are designed to enhance teachers' knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of singing, vocal dysphonia, and common problems with singing in different styles and with different techniques.

We all recognize the benefits of a good classical foundation to singing, and because of this many schools and colleges enjoy the syllabuses which the conservatoires offer to amateur singers, such as the ABRSM graded examinations. They are quite rightly recognised and respected worldwide.

Most schools enjoy producing a school musical, and most children and young adults enjoy contemporary music, musicals and pop & rock music of many different genres.

But conflict frequently arises when young singers developing a classical foundation want to expand and have more fun with their singing, or when the school puts on a musical and a belter gets the main role. These young, dedicated singers get frustrated because they are unable to cross over and sing with a different technique in order to get the roles they want. Or perhaps they do get the role, but then struggle to place their voice in a way suited to the role. This is frustrating for those young singers who can hear that the sound they make just isn't right.

My courses are designed to help teachers to teach their students to cross over and learn different techniques so that they can sing in different styles and enjoy the full benefit of their voices - healthily and without it affecting their classical route. It is also designed to inform heads of music, MDs and anyone who works with young singers to give them the anatomical and scientific knowledge they need in order to enhance performance and facilitate vocal freedom and versatility.

Based on the Estill method, my seminars are flexible and will be adapted to suit the needs of the school or academy.

They are also suitable for voice users, actors, drama academies and institutions, and for anyone wishing to further their understanding in order to facilitate vocal freedom.