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Singing behind bars: The community choirs changing lives

Read how one choir director ignored her detractors and turned her dream – to take community choirs into prisons – into a reality. Most people spend their lives trying to […]

See, smell, touch: Singing lessons that stir the senses

Discover how vocal coach Gia Morgan uses a multi-sensory approach to help anxious students relax during singing lessons. Have you ever thought about what a student sees, smells and touches […]

How to find your niche as a vocal coach

It’s time to ditch your wishy-washy marketing strategy and find your niche as a singing teacher.  When it comes to marketing, vocal coaches often make a common mistake – they […]

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

To mark our 10th anniversary, founder Line Hilton discusses the early days of BAST and reveals an exciting new development for singing teachers. A decade ago, Line Hilton sat down […]

Acting through song: Thoughts and tips from MT experts

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

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

Do you ever go bananas when you’re stressed or anxious? The Chimp Paradox explains how to act like a pro, not a primate when you’re feeling the heat. Five words […]

Vocal anatomy: the Posterior Cricoarytenoid

Brush up on your vocal anatomy by learning what the posterior cricoarytenoid is and its role in singing. Vocal anatomy can be a minefield, especially when a lot of the […]

Two easy questions that will transform your digital marketing strategy

Devise a killer digital marketing strategy for your teaching business by answering two simple questions. “Get yourself out there on social media” – seven words that every self-employed vocal coach […]

How to get started writing a book

Want to increase your profile and bank balance by writing a book? Here are some tips on getting started from the author of three Amazon bestsellers. When he isn’t coaching […]

History taking: What to ask your students and why

How deep should you delve when taking a student’s history? Top vocal coach Line Hilton says everything from the pill to periods to lifestyle habits should be up for discussion. […]

Why trills should be in your teacher toolbox

Tension-busting trills are a fun and safe way to help your students warm up and build efficient breath control. What is a ‘trill’ in vocal coaching? A trill is an […]

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

Newsflash: BAST’s podcast makes a return to the airwaves this week! After a brief hiatus, BAST’s podcast is back with a new name – Singing Teachers Talk – but the same […]

Best musical theatre solos for female singers

You’ll never struggle to find the right song for a student again with our ultimate list of musical theatre solos for female singers.  Delve into the best of Broadway, the […]

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 after 18 months of pandemic living? Have you discovered a […]

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 time-saving tips to help you source great songs. 1. Don’t source […]

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 Goldenberg and Phoene Cave, both of whom have worked extensively […]

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 A-Level results last week marked the end to what has […]

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 fancy vocal coaching terminology ever again. A is for Amygdala […]

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 with on your summer break. Why the F*ck Can’t I […]

Five ways to manage imposter syndrome

Turn the tables on negative thinking and manage imposter syndrome by following these five tips. As Alexa Terry explains in part two of our imposter syndrome series, instead of trying […]

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 don’ts of starting a business. At the height of the […]

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 lockdown Sophie Garner, a vocal coach and choir director, found […]

Imposter syndrome: Spot the symptoms and causes

Ever feel like you’re drowning in self-doubt and niggling fears that you’re not good enough? Then you may be experiencing imposter syndrome. In the first of a two-part series, Alexa […]

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 Terry share some simple hydration tips and explain the external […]

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 hydration. Hydration is a holy grail in vocal […]

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 ago, BAST spoke to singer and vocal coach Sarah Nixey about […]

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 to running a vocal coaching studio than simply working with […]

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

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.

Gift vouchers, get togethers and other BAST goodies

What will Santa bring you this Christmas? Why not ask for a brilliant BAST gift voucher so you can continue your professional development in 2021.

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

Leading gospel and soul voice teacher Dr Trineice Robinson-Martin on helping singers to find their authentic voice. ­­­ Dr Trineice Robinson-Martin is a singer and voice teacher with one helluva […]

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 choir director Naveen Arles. Naveen Arles is the artistic director […]

The Laryngeal Nerves

Alexa Terry and Line Hilton look at the laryngeal nerves and the role they play in voice production. The nervous system is a two-way information highway delivering messages from the […]

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 teaching career, Jo Sear has worked extensively with male contemporary singers. […]

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 […]

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 a go-to guide for anyone who wants to become a […]

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 singing teachers keen to return to face-to-face teaching, there have […]

The Vocal Fold Layers

Alexa Terry takes a closer look at the vocal fold layers and the role they play in singing. Before we take a deep dive into the anatomy of the vocal […]

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 how to get started with beginners. As an experienced vocal […]

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 road with a cappella supergroup Naturally 7, Napoleon Cummings […]

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 successful businesses.   Cat Ogden runs a vocal practice in […]

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 […]

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 Safely Through The Coronavirus, is for performers, venue operators and […]

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 […]

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 of big-ticket economic announcements this week in an attempt to […]

Virtual Voice Conference – free workshops and special discounts

The world’s leading voice experts will all be in one place next month – online at the Virtual Voice Conference. Here’s what you need to know. The Virtual Voice Conference […]

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 her own vocal recovery after a serious brush with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 you haven’t seen an episode of The Voice Kids UK, […]

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 in a new webinar. Here’s a rundown of what the […]

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 […]

The Voice Forum: Get your tickets for virtual voice conference

Good news voice geeks: The Voice Forum is going virtual this year! That means you can hear a host of top experts speak about vocal health and technique without stepping […]

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 choir leaders facing a stark choice: mothball their singing groups […]

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 […]

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 to the world of online teaching. For those of you […]

Happy World Voice Day

It’s World Voice Day today so let’s celebrate the human voice and its power to bring people together. There’s a lot going on around the globe right now, but as […]

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 for singers. The product – a sleek collection of stainless […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 supportive environment. BAST spoke to Debbie Winter, the driving force […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 the sea of stories offering a 400-page chunk of escapism. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 brothers between bites of a chocolate muffin and bouts of […]

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 next Dragon in the Den. Website design, marketing approaches and […]

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 set of obstacles, and we may find ourselves trying to […]

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 move inside the larynx and take a look at the […]

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 impossible. By understanding the structure and mechanics of the vocal […]

It’s World Voice Day!

Greetings singing teacher from all over the world and I hope you’re having a very good World Voice Day! What began in Brazil in 1999 has now been spread across […]

You ARE helping…

There is a lot of information on singing, coaching and pedagogy out there. A brief Google or YouTube search can be enough to start feeling slightly overwhelmed at times and […]

Harness your stage performance

As an artist, the best feeling in the world, is knowing that YOU LEFT EVERY OUNCE OF ENERGY ON THAT STAGE; that the audience received the gift of your Presence […]

A podcast for singing teachers

I don’t get excited too often, but I am definitely excited about our latest project the Teachers On Teaching podcast. I recorded the first one this week and it is […]

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 students that go beyond just their singing ability. With great […]

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 well as addressing important medical and social concerns in working […]

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) to evaluate dancers in the singing component of their audition […]

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 and essentially keeps you alive! It’s necessary to write about […]

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 brain was filled to bursting with new science, research, techniques and teaching methodology. […]

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 you’ve been looking for. For many years, voice teachers believed […]

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 are 70 now. And there are a LOT of us! […]

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 great back and forth, and they’re totally acting like 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 belter and think they must just be built differently, or […]

What Is Vocology?

The term ‘vocology’ is being used increasingly in the voice and singing world. The word originates from voice scientist, Dr ingo Titze, who even has a book titled ‘Vocology. The Science […]

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.