Teacher and student dynamic

What to do when you just don’t gel with a student

What happens when a singing teacher and pupil just don’t gel? In the latest in our Difficult Conversations series, ALEXA TERRY looks at what vocal coaches can do if the teacher-student dynamic doesn’t seem to be working.

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singing lessons

Eight reasons why a vocal coach should have singing lessons

Teachers often put their own vocal development on the backburner to focus on their students. But vocal coaches can benefit enormously from having singing lessons themselves. We purchase books and […]

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Singing With Your Whole Self cover

Singing With Your Whole Self: a guide to Feldenkrais and singing

Looking for a how-to guide on the Feldenkrais Method and singing? If so, grab yourself a copy of Singing With Your Whole Self: A Singer’s Guide to Feldenkrais Awareness through […]

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The hyoid bone

The Hyoid Bone

BAST’s Alexa Terry takes a closer look at the hyoid bone, otherwise known as “the singing bone”.   “Clarifying, understanding and organising oneself around the hyoid bone… has amazing and […]

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singing lesson

How to adapt a singing lesson if a student feels below par

When a student is under the weather or out of sorts, what’s a singing teacher to do? Alexa Terry shares eight tips on providing useful singing lessons – without any […]

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Vocalzone

Vocalzone, saviours or destroyers?

Some vocal coaches and voice scientists claim Vocalzone pastilles do more harm than good. But is there actually any science to back this view up? Alexa Terry, aided by Line […]

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online singing teaching

Teaching singing in person versus online

Will the Covid-19 pandemic change singing teaching forever? Alexa Terry weighs up the pros and cons of virtual and face-to-face teaching. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the enforcement of […]

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singer needs to see an ENT

How to tell a singer they need to see an ENT

You suspect a student has a severe vocal problem and needs to see an ENT. How do you break the news? Alexa Terry explores ways to approach difficult conversations with […]

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Breathiness

Ways to help a singer fix breathiness

If a singer is experiencing breathiness, how can you help? Alexa Terry shares her tips so get ready for hissing, chopping and tongue twisters. Imagine this: 14-year old Valerie van […]

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Singing and Science

Review – Singing & Science: Body, Brain & Voice by Jean Callaghan

Vocal coach Alexa Terry gives her verdict on Dr Jean Callaghan’s book Singing and Science: Body, Brain & Voice. “When I began teaching singing 35 years ago, I asked myself […]

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Dr Reena Gupta

The OHNI Voice Book: Straight Talk with Dr Reena Gupta

BAST’s Alexa Terry review’s the latest book from respected laryngologist Dr Reena Gupta. Sam Smith, Adele, Wilma the kindergarten teacher, Caissie Levy, George Salazar, Bob from the local amateur dramatics […]

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Increase productivity

Ten ways to increase your productivity

Increase your productivity by sharpening your focus and getting rid of distractions, writes Alexa Terry. ‘… most people do not achieve the use of more than a minute fraction of […]

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defensive singers

Working with defensive and hesitant singers

What makes a singer reluctant to take the advice of their teacher? Here are two case studies for dealing with defensive and hesitant singers. Imagine this: 28-year old Jemima Jenkins […]

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The Voice Teacher Influencer Book Review

Book Review: ‘The Voice Teacher Influencer: Grow Your Studio, Increase Your Make More Money’ by John Henny

As a self-professed bookworm no trip to the shopping centre is complete without a visit to the bookshop to scan the sea of stories offering a 400-page chunk of escapism. […]

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Craniosacral Therapy

How Craniosacral Therapy can help the singer in pain

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that aims to release deep tensions in the body. Its purpose is to support relief from pain and dysfunction.  It is a […]

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Setting Smart Goals

How to set effective goals in 2020 for you and your students

As the clock declares January’s arrival and renditions of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ are warbled, listen carefully and you might just hear the utterance of New Year’s resolutions floating into the […]

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How to practise singing

How to encourage your students to practise

“So, tell me,” says the singing coach with a smile. “How have you got on since our last session with the practise we set?”  *Cue montage*  Oliver: “I forgot to […]

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Teaching the shy singer

Case Study: Working with shy singers

Imagine this: a new client, 13-year old Polly Peters, arrives promptly for her singing lesson. As you  welcome her to your studio you notice her clinging to the sleeve of […]

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