Returning guest Shannon Coates shares the exciting details about her new online course The Vocal Instrument 101. Created for voice teachers who are looking to continue their education about vocal anatomy and physiology of the singing voice. Shannon makes learning fun, convenient and affordable. (She also shares a generous discount code for FULL VOICE podcast listeners who are looking to hone their knowledge in this area! - Thank you Shannon!)Read More
Teaching strategies, business ideas, interviews and FUN!
A fun and informative podcast for the independent voice teacher working with young singers. Sharing inspiring interviews with music educators from around the world, the FULL VOICE Podcast shares modern teaching tips, vocal pedagogy, business strategies and fun.
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Thank you SO MUCH for this excellent podcast!! I had written down so many helpful tips from you and your wonderful guests. I will use these warm up exercises with my students both at school and at home. (Podcast #23: Favourite Vocal Warm-Ups) - L. Hudson,
This (podcast) made me ridiculously pumped about my first official recital as a teacher. Thank you (and your colleagues) for the excellent suggestions and tips about engaging the kids and families, and making things more fun and less... not (Podcast #5: Hosting Great Recitals) ~ Chelsea
"Thank you for the excellent material you are presenting...Before the Full Voice podcast, I had not been able to find anything really excellent to listen to on vocal ped." ~ H.Best - Idaho
How do you choose?! I’ve gotten something out of every single one. Love the conversations with Brian Lee, Dana Lentini and Shannon Coates. But the one that sticks out for me was the Effective Lesson Pacing! I listen to all the podcasts faithfully. Thank you for doing them! ~S. Howell-Stuebing
Are you a professional collaborative pianist or are your piano skills ‘functional’? Either way, knowing when we need to step away from the piano and give our students our full attention is important. Can we be giving our students too much support? What about those backing tracks for home practice?Read More
Voice Teachers are ALWAYS preparing students for auditions. What songs will give our students the best chances of landing the coveted roll? Should you transpose the music? What about 16 or 32 bar cuts? I asked our returning guest and Musical Theatre Repertoire expert, Nate Plummer these questions and more!Read More
Keeping students thriving in your teaching studio can be challenging. Yes, students often quit lessons for good reasons that are out of our control, but in this podcast, Nikki discusses several strategies that can ensure that students of all ages will stay with us and take advantage of all that we have to offer in our teaching studios.Read More
Special returning guest, Michelle Markwart Deveaux discusses the unique challenges we face in our teaching studios depending on our age. Yes! Age matters more than you may think when running an independent teaching studio. Whether you are new to teaching or you have been at it for decades, Michelle shares strategies for all of us PLUS an important reminder about how we can all support each other.Read More
If you are interested in creating your own teaching resources - This podcast is for you. My dearest friend and faithful colleague, Mim Adams dropped into the FULL VOICE office and we talked about our adventures researching, creating, publishing and marketing the FULL VOICE resources. It has been a LONG journey (almost 20 years) but we have enjoyed the challenges all along the way. We hope to inspire those of you who are interested in developing your own educational materials.
Nikki talks to Australian composer Glyn Lehmann about his modern, pop-infused music for young singers. Children around the world have enjoyed singing his music and he shares his inspiration in composing for young voices. This podcast features clips of his catchy songs from his library of great music.Read More
The Freebie Friday download on our website called “Singing Owls” is a kid-friendly vocalise that encourages exploration of vocal onset with our young singers. How can you help your singers find a smooth, balanced onset…Listen to find out.Read More
The dedicated team from My Music Staff are helping savvy music teachers run their teaching business online. Nikki talks with Dan and Dasa from My Music Staff and discovers how the company got their start five years ago (spoiler alert: Dan's wife is a voice teacher - What!!) and the exciting new features the team is working on now.Read More
Vocal exploration exercises are whole body activities that encourage students to use their voice in fun and creative ways. Often reserved for the youngest singers, vocal exploration exercises can be the first step in helping young singers sing in tune. But did you know, sirens, animal sounds, tongue twisters, and vocal expression lines can help singers of all ages and provide teachers incredible insight about the students in your studios?Read More
Special Guest, Brian Lee discusses his new book, Sane Singing and how challenging it can be for students of all ages to find the vocal training that is right for them. A great check-in for voice teachers who want to support all their singers!Read More
The Halloween Season is here! (And so is our new FREEBIE Friday download!) Using the scary themes from Halloween can be a fun time in the private teaching studio. Singing minor triads and arpeggios or exploring a chromatic scale is far more engaging with a ghostly “Oooo” or “Eeeee”.Read More
Helping young music students to understand the language of music requires a system or method. There are many different systems including movable DO (tonic sol-fa), fixed DO (solfege), numbers and note names. Which one is the best one for you? Which one is the best system for your students?Read More
Professional Singing Teacher, Rachel Goldenberg, and Physiotherapist, Jessica DeMars are working together with a one of a kind program called Breathe, Sing, Move. This combination of a singing class and physiotherapy session assists patients with mild to moderate respiratory disease increase respiratory muscle strength, improve speech quality, reduce breathlessness and enhance the quality of life. Just one of the many great benefits of learning to sing!Read More
There are EVEN MORE vocalization tools. In podcast #50 we revisit some great conversations with previous guests. We close out season two with a preview of what is to come for the third season of the FULL VOICE PODCAST!Read More
Long gone are the days of only teaching singing by rote. There are so many tools, props, and toys that can help our singers warm-up the voice, connect with the body, correct vocal flaws, expand the range, and explore and discover their voices. Nikki shares activities and inspiration for students of all ages. Super fun and effective ideas for private or small group classes.Read More
Using social media for your teaching studio is non-negotiable. It is a business essential. If you are unsure, overwhelmed or need some catch-up information about the leading social media platforms that private teachers are using, my special guest, Karen Michaels is not only a busy voice teacher; she is a social media expert. (win-win) Karen is Social Butterfly Guru, and she shares her tips and passion for using social media for your business. Recorded in Las Vegas at the NATS convention in June 2018Read More
Voice Teachers are very aware of the voice changes in our adolescent singers, but our young men are dealing with many other challenges. My special guest, Patti Barrow discusses the emotional and psychological changes that our young men struggle with and how we can best support them during this vulnerable time. Includes a fantastic list of recommended resources and repertoire!Read More
Recorded from the 2018 NATS convention in Las Vegas, Expert Voice Teachers share the HOW and the WHY of common vocal exercises. From exercises to help with expressive singing to more advanced messa di voce challenges, my friends and colleagues share great tips (and some laughs too!)Read More
Computer Cat, Ed the Invisible Dragon, I'm Wishing and Forty Little Birdies. If you haven't heard of these fun and educational songs by Donna Rhodenizer, you are in for a fantastic listen. Our special guests on the FULL VOICE podcast are Juno nominated children's music performers - Donna and Andy. Donna shares her inspiration and stories about teaching and composing. Donna and Andy share entertaining stories of their adventures touring on the road.Read More