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BAST is ‘a hive of incredible minds who love geeking out about voice’ ⏱3 mins

When vocal coach Claire Cannon studied with BAST Training, she found her tribe – a group of people as passionate about voice […]

Should We Use the Term ‘Tongue Tension’?⏱3 mins

Singing voice specialist Kerrie Obert sets the record straight on the issue of ‘tongue tension’. Listen for a few minutes […]

The Simple Voice Diagnostic Tool Used by SLTs That Could Help You ⏱3 mins

What is GRBAS, the voice diagnostic scale used by health professionals such as speech and language therapists? When it comes […]

Three Great Reads on Yoga and Singing ⏱3 mins

Want to learn more about how yoga can help a singer flourish? Check out yogi Rosie Secker’s three book recommendations. […]

Three Reasons to Pursue Post-grad Voice Studies ⏱ 3 mins

Have you ever flirted with the idea of studying voice at post-grad level? Here are three reasons why you should […]

‘The single best thing I’ve done for my teaching practice’⏱ 3 mins

Vocal coach Cat Ogden reveals how she transformed her teaching approach by making one important change. Singing teacher Cat Ogden […]

Three Myths About Extreme Vocals Debunked⏱ 3 mins

Aliki Katriou, aka the ‘Duchess of Distortion’, reveals the three most common misconceptions about extreme vocals. When she isn’t fronting […]

Three Tips for Beginner Singing Teachers ⏱ 4 mins

Are you thinking of becoming a singing teacher? Here is some wise advice from David Valks, who started a teaching […]

Vocal Acoustics 101 ⏱ 4 mins

Here’s a Vocal Acoustics 101 to introduce you to the basics and explain common terms like formants and resonances. If […]

Six Ways to Help Singers Build Confidence and Ace Live Shows ⏱ 3 mins

Check out this six-point plan to helping anxious singers build confidence as they return to live gigs. The pandemic wreaked […]

Musical Theatre: Diversity, Sizeism and the Role of the Singing Teacher ⏱ 4 mins

Budding MT stars are often told to ‘understand their type’ and select audition repertoire accordingly. Is this the right advice […]

Three Books to Help You Reignite Your Creative Spark ⏱ 3 mins

Has your creative edge been steamrollered by self-doubt or procrastination? Get your groove back with these three books. In the […]

Confessions of a Vocal Coach: I Don’t Care If My Students Practise ⏱ 3 mins

What do you do when a student won’t practise? New York vocal coach Justin Stoney shares his hot take on […]

Why SOVTs are a Powerful Weapon in Vocal Training ⏱ 3 mins

SOVTs are the Swiss Army knife of voice training – a versatile tool that can be used in all sorts […]

The secret to forming good habits ⏱ 3 mins

When trying to establish good habits, we often unwittingly set ourselves up to fail. Here’s why. Ever noticed that when […]

Breathing for singing: How much do your students really know? ⏱ 3 mins

Barbara Tanze explains why you should talk to your students about breathing, and how to get started. Former opera singer […]

Vocal registers: Let’s talk terminology ⏱ 3 mins

What’s the best way to talk to singers about vocal registers without baffling them with confusing terminology? Vocal coach Chris […]

Songwriting: How to get started and why you should collaborate ⏱ 3 mins

Pen memorable melodies and life-affirming lyrics using these tips from songwriting guru Allie Moss. Ever tried your hand at songwriting […]

The secret to helping students achieve their goals ⏱ 2 mins

Discover the real reason so many people fail to achieve their goals, despite their good intentions. How many times have […]

‘We must protect music lessons in schools during Omicron crisis’ ⏱ 2 mins

Educators push to protect music lessons, following suggestions schools could sideline them in favour of ‘core’ subjects. A campaign to […]

Five quick-read articles to help you thrive in 2022 ⏱ 2 mins

Want to kick butt and thrive in 2022? These five articles from BAST’s blog will help you achieve your goals […]

Check out our 2021 podcast highlights ⏱ 1 min

As the year draws to a close, the BAST team looks back at a few highlights from our 2021 podcast. […]

Are abs fab? The truth about singers and six-packs ⏱ 3 mins

LA-based voice and movement guru Jennie Morton gives her verdict on singers and six-packs. In our Insta-obsessed, image-driven society, singers often feel […]

Osteopath reveals three things that can spell trouble for a singer ⏱ 3 mins

Osteopath Chloe Spencer discusses the common issues that she sees when treating singers. Chloe Spencer is a woman of many […]

Work-life balance: Rock Choir founder spills the beans on stress and success ⏱ 4 mins

Rock Choir’s high achieving founder Caroline Redman Lusher reveals her struggle to strike a healthy work-life balance. The story of […]

Singing behind bars: The community choirs changing lives ⏱ 3 mins

Read how one choir director ignored her detractors and turned her dream – to take community choirs into prisons – […]

See, smell, touch: Singing lessons that stir the senses ⏱ 2 mins

Discover how vocal coach Gia Morgan uses a multi-sensory approach to help anxious students relax during singing lessons. Have you […]

How to find your niche as a vocal coach ⏱ 2 mins

It’s time to ditch your wishy-washy marketing strategy and find your niche as a singing teacher.  When it comes to […]

BAST turns 10! How it all started, and our exciting next step ⏱ 4 mins

To mark our 10th anniversary, founder Line Hilton discusses the early days of BAST and reveals an exciting new development […]

Acting through song: Thoughts and tips from MT experts ⏱ 3 mins

What’s the most neglected skill in voice training? Voice teacher and founder of Singing Revealed, Philippe Hall, believes it’s acting […]

The Chimp Paradox: How to achieve when the pressure’s on ⏱ 2 mins

Do you ever go bananas when you’re stressed or anxious? The Chimp Paradox explains how to act like a pro, […]

Vocal anatomy: the Posterior Cricoarytenoid ⏱ 2 mins

Brush up on your vocal anatomy by learning what the posterior cricoarytenoid is and its role in singing. Vocal anatomy […]

Two easy questions that will transform your digital marketing strategy ⏱ 2 mins

Devise a killer digital marketing strategy for your teaching business by answering two simple questions. “Get yourself out there on […]

How to get started writing a book ⏱ 2 mins

Want to increase your profile and bank balance by writing a book? Here are some tips on getting started from […]

History taking: What to ask your students and why ⏱ 4 mins

How deep should you delve when taking a student’s history? Top vocal coach Line Hilton says everything from the pill […]

Why trills should be in your teacher toolbox ⏱ 4 mins

Tension-busting trills are a fun and safe way to help your students warm up and build efficient breath control. What […]

The podcast for singing teachers who want to earn and learn more ⏱ 2 mins

Newsflash: BAST’s podcast makes a return to the airwaves this week! After a brief hiatus, BAST’s podcast is back with a […]

Best musical theatre solos for female singers ⏱ 7 mins

You’ll never struggle to find the right song for a student again with our ultimate list of musical theatre solos […]

How to find more energy and motivation if you feel sluggish

Six tips to boost your energy and motivation and help you say goodbye to feeling bleurgh. How are you doing […]

How to source great songs for your students

Learn how to make inspired repertoire choices so that your students shine on stage and in auditions. Here are eight […]

Three things we’ve learned about long Covid and singing

Two leading voice coaches have shared their views on the role singing can play in helping Covid longhaulers. Dr Rachel […]

New stats reveal shocking decline in number of A-Level music students

Alarm has been raised at the steady decline in the number of students studying music at A-Level. The release of […]

The ABC of vocal coaching

Read Alexa Terry’s guide to the most common words used in the world of singing, and you’ll never be intimidated by […]

Four books that will make you a better singing teacher

Want to become a better singing teacher and grow your vocal coaching business? Here are four books to curl up […]

Five ways to manage imposter syndrome ⏱ 4 mins

Turn the tables on negative thinking and manage imposter syndrome by following these five tips. As Alexa Terry explains in […]

The do’s and don’ts of starting a business

Vocal coach Rachel Lynes explains how she transformed her vocal coaching studio during the pandemic and shares her do’s and […]

How to get a book published: Tips from a singing teacher turned author

Singing teacher Sophie Garner talks about getting her first book published and her blossoming writing career. At the start of […]

Imposter syndrome: Spot the symptoms and causes ⏱ 7 mins

Ever feel like you’re drowning in self-doubt and niggling fears that you’re not good enough? Then you may be experiencing […]

Six easy ways to keep your voice hydrated

Learn how to keep your voice hydrated in the second part of BAST Training’s hydration series. Line Hilton and Alexa […]

The truth about singing and hydration

How much water should a singer drink? Line Hilton and Alexa Terry take a deep dive into the research on […]

Singing and long Covid: six things the experts are saying

Here’s an update from the Performing Arts Medicine Association on the latest thinking about singing and long Covid. A year […]

Ten tips for a better work/life balance

Alexa Terry shares time-saving, stress-busting tips to help self-employed singing teachers enjoy a better work/life balance. There’s a lot more […]

Business strategy for singing teachers

A new course designed specifically for singing teachers will help you start or grow your own business.

Five documents every singing teacher needs

Your singing studio is most likely equipped with all the vocal props you need to do your job. But do you have the right paperwork to protect you and your business if something goes wrong?

‘BAST gave me the confidence to call myself a singing teacher’

It wasn’t until actor and singer Jay Bryce studied with BAST Training that he stopped feeling like an imposter as a singing teacher.

How to help anxious singers prepare for a return to live gigs

Many singers feel anxious about returning to the stage when Covid restrictions end. Performance anxiety specialist Teresa Shaw looks at how teachers can help vocalists prepare for live shows.

Focus On: Performance Anxiety and Mindset

Don’t miss BAST Training’s one-day special event, Focus On: Performance Anxiety and Mindset. It’s a chance to learn new ways to diagnose and support singers with performance anxiety.

Singing and the premenstrual voice

How does menstruation impact a singer’s voice? Alexa Terry and Line Hilton explore how monthly hormonal changes can influence vocal performance.

Latest Covid-19 advice and guidance

With lockdown slowly easing, the rules around teaching are changing too. Here’s a rundown of the latest Covid-19 advice.

Seven places to find reliable backing tracks for singers

Looking for backing tracks to help your students prepare for auditions or belt out their favourite tunes? Alexa Terry reviews seven platforms that provide backing tracks for singers.

World Voice Day 2021

Don’t forget that it’s World Voice Day later this month, a chance for singing teachers and other voice specialists to spread the word about vocal care.

‘BAST made becoming a singing teacher such a joyful experience’

Before the pandemic, Irish musician Sinead McConville juggled gigging commitments with an uninspiring job in hospitality. Last year she studied with BAST Training and now works in the music industry full-time.

How ‘The Wiggle’ can help singers eliminate tension ⏱ 8 mins

Wiggling is a great way to rid the body of that old singing foe: tension. Here are some movement exercises to help singers loosen up and sing with more freedom.

West End performer Hannah Lindsey on the rewards of teaching

When theatres shut last year, singer Hannah Lindsey threw herself into online teaching – and learned much about herself as a performer in the process. 

Digital marketing 101: Learn how to grow your business online

A new digital marketing course explains how singing teachers can build their brand and their business.

Gia Morgan: Why I started a holistic singing studio

Jersey vocal coach Gia Morgan explains how she mixes technical know-how with crystals, affirmations and meditation in her holistic singing studio.

Book review: So You Want to Sing CCM

If you want to learn from some of contemporary singing’s leading vocal pedagogues, grab yourself a copy of So You Want to Sing CCM.

Elite singers: How to challenge and inspire the best of the best

In our latest BAST case study, Alexa Terry looks at strategies for teaching elite singers and explains that even the most polished performer can benefit from singing lessons.

How to kick the habit of negative thinking

Banish the negative beliefs stopping you from having fun and enjoying success as a singing teacher.

Mental health training for singing teachers

Alexa Terry gives her verdict on a mental health awareness course specifically designed for Arts professionals.

How to start a singing school

David Valks went from working in the recruitment industry to starting his own singing school. Read on for his tips on marketing, pricing and bookings.

‘BAST Training gave me the confidence to start teaching’

Former pro singer Jessica Thomas explains how BAST Training helped her start her own singing teaching business.

Want to write a book? Read this advice from a published vocal coach

Publishing a book helped vocal coach Becky Gilhespie boost her professional profile and expand her business. Read on to find out how and why she did it.

Can singing help people living with ‘long Covid’?

Can choir leaders use Singing for Lung Health strategies to help people with long Covid? Musical director Juliet Russell explored this question in a singing project with Covid ‘long haulers’.

How to make your 2021 goals a reality

2020 has been bonkers, but the New Year is just around the corner. While we may not be able to welcome it with tight hugs and wet kisses, we can make a start on our 2021 teaching goals.

Stay strong and #fightthefatigue

Singing teachers are being urged to take stock of their mental health and to check in with their colleagues as part of the #fightthefatigue campaign.

How to become a Vocal Health First Aider

What is a Vocal Health First Aider (VHFA), and how can you become one? Alexa Terry, a proud VHFA herself, explains.

 

Three tips to help improve your website

Many singers start their search for a vocal coach by browsing online, so it’s crucial that your website is up-to-date and shows you at your best. Here are three tips to improve your website.

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.

Graded singing exams with MTB: How they work and why they’re Covid-safe

With MTB (Music Teachers’ Board), voice students can sit their grade exams any day of the year from a location of their choice. BAST looks at how the system works and how it can benefit singers and teachers.

Courses and workshops for singing teachers

Here’s a list of courses, workshops and conferences to help singing teachers continue their professional development and sharpen their business skills.

How to nurture a singer’s authentic voice ⏱ 10 mins

Leading gospel and soul voice teacher Dr Trineice Robinson-Martin on helping singers to find their authentic voice. ­­­ Dr Trineice […]

Choirs and Covid-19: ‘2020 has been tough, but we need to keep going’

‘Choir directors are an asset to society. What we do is about healing, and right now people need that,’ says […]

The Laryngeal Nerves

Alexa Terry and Line Hilton look at the laryngeal nerves and the role they play in voice production. The nervous […]

How to help male adolescent singers access the upper register

Vocal coach Jo Sear shares her tips on helping male adolescent singers to access the upper register. In her 15-year […]

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 […]

The Coaching Manual: a must-read coaching skills guide

If you want to sharpen your coaching skills, then grab a copy of coaching guru Julie Starr’s book. The Coaching Manual is […]

Updated guidance on singing and Covid-19

New guidance on singing and Covid-19 has been cautiously welcomed but has also prompted calls for more clarity.   For […]

The Vocal Fold Layers

Alexa Terry takes a closer look at the vocal fold layers and the role they play in singing. Before we […]

Ear training for beginners

Ear training is a great way to help singers with pitching issues. Top vocal coach Nerissa Campbell shares her tips on […]

The right mix: a pro singer on the joys of teaching and performing

Napoleon Cummings explains why he ditched international touring for a career that combines teaching and performing. After five years on […]

The benefits of BAST singing teacher training

Four former BAST students reveal how singing teacher training gave them the tools and confidence to coach others and build […]

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 […]

Government guidance on singing and Covid-19

The UK government has released guidance on performing that includes specific recommendations about singing. The lengthy report, Performing Arts: Working […]

The Hyoid Bone

BAST’s Alexa Terry takes a closer look at the hyoid bone, otherwise known as ‘the singing bone’.   “Clarifying, understanding […]

Covid-19 financial support – what about freelancers?

Freelancers, especially those shut out from the self-employed income support scheme, need more Covid-19 financial assistance. The government made lots […]

Tips for teaching a student who’s had Covid-19

How can a singing teacher support a student recovering from Covid-19? Singer and vocal coach Sarah Nixey, who is managing […]

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 […]

Vocalzone, saviours or destroyers?

Some vocal coaches and voice scientists claim Vocalzone pastilles do more harm than good. But is there actually any science […]

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 […]

How to help young singers shine

Top vocal coach Jono McNeil reveals how he helps young singers on The Voice Kids UK deliver knock-out performances. If […]

The science on singing and Covid-19

What does the science tell us about singing and Covid-19? The world’s largest association of singing teachers explores the evidence […]

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 […]

Tips and insights on leading a virtual choir

Three choir directors reveal the challenges and rewards of taking rehearsals and performances online during lockdown. The Covid-19 lockdown left […]

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, […]

Tips for teaching singing online

With the Coronavirus pandemic making face-to-face lessons an impossibility, many singing teachers and vocal coaches have had to quickly adapt […]

Vocal coach Mindy Pack explains The Voice Straw

US-based singer, vocologist and vocal coach Mindy Pack is the driving force behind The Voice Straw, a vocal training tool […]

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 […]

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, […]

Postgraduate learning: Studying for a Masters (Voice Pedagogy)

The MA Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy) offers singing teachers the chance to deepen their professional knowledge in a rigorous but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: ‘The Voice Teacher Influencer: Grow Your Studio, Increase Your Authority, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Case Study: The one with the yelly child

Imagine this: 10-year old Sally Simpson arrives at our studio for a singing lesson; she argues loudly with her twin […]

Putting a price on it. The art of setting your fees.

For most of us, teaching is fuelled by the passion for voice – not by the desire to become the […]

Being a self employed singing teacher

Being self employed has its perks. However, being solely responsible for all aspects of a business comes with its own […]

Vocal cords or vocal folds?

In The larynx, home of the voice! we looked at the outer aspect of the voice box, this time we […]

The larynx: home of the voice!

Unlike other instruments, the singer’s instrument is not easily seen or accessed. This makes teaching singing quite challenging, but not […]

You ARE helping…

There is a lot of information on singing, coaching and pedagogy out there. A brief Google or YouTube search can […]

Harness your stage performance

As an artist, the best feeling in the world, is knowing that YOU LEFT EVERY OUNCE OF ENERGY ON THAT […]

Mental block, or lack of skill?

For me, one of the most rewarding parts of being a singing teacher is being witness to changes in my […]

Teaching the transgender voice

Transgender singers are currently on the forefront of voice pedagogy discussions.  Emerald Lessley’s recent dissertation provides significant experiential evidence as […]

The Dancers Guide On How To Do A Singing Audition

Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to have had the pleasure and privilege (carefully choosing my words here) […]

The Epi-what? The Epiglottis.  

What is the epiglottis? This is a very cool piece of kit that sits at the base of your tongue […]

BAST Singing Teacher’s Retreat 2016 Review

The BAST Singing Teacher’s Retreat 2016 was about as inspiring and uplifting a weekend as a vocal geek like me could hope for. My […]

The Acoustic Landscape

Do you want to understand the differences between classical and non-classical responses to the Acoustic Landscape all singers inhabit?  Well this webinar could be just what […]

The Ageing Voice And Singing

The Ageing Voice The Baby Boomer generation was born between 1946 and 1964. That means the eldest of this generation […]

Shifting Your Students from Over-Doing to Being Present

You know that moment when you’re having a conversation with your student, and they’re so animated, and you’re having a […]

The Singer’s Secret To Crossing Between Styles

Stylistic differences remain one of the most challenging perceptual walls for singers.  We hear an operatic soprano next to a […]

What Is Vocology?

The term ‘vocology’ is being used increasingly in the voice and singing world. The word originates from voice scientist, Dr ingo […]

Why I became a singing teacher: Lisa Haupert

From the age of 12 until 40, most of what I experienced as a voice student can best be described as voo-doo. I teach singing because no voice teacher or singing student or vocal artist should have to put up with voo-doo.

Why I became a singing teacher: Kaya Herstad Carney

I cannot not sing and I’ve been doing that for all my life. A chronic sufferer of compulsory harmony disorder, and with at least two song ideas in my head at any time – singing teaching came as a natural yet unexpected progression of this.

Should I become A Singing Teacher?

So you are thinking about becoming a singing teacher. Fantastic! What a fabulous opportunity to take all the knowledge and skills you have accumulated so far and share it with others interested in singing, and who are willing to pay for your service.

Why I became a singing teacher: Ian Davidson

Like many others before me, I fell into teaching singing. I had recently graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a BA in Performing Arts Music and was trying to figure out what happens next.

Why I became a singing teacher: Gareth Henderson

My first brush with singing tuition was, like many I’m sure, a result of being a gigging singer who did not know how to use their voice correctly and did it some harm as a result.

Why I became a singing teacher: Line Hilton

As with many singers I started off believing I was going to “be famous”. It was a very vague and undefined goal, and given that I started as a clarinetist and ended up choosing the jazz route I was unlikely to be able to attain the kind of commercial success that a pop/rock singer might do.