MTB graded music exams

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.

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coaching young singers

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, […]

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Virtual choir

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 […]

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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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Yelling child singer

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 […]

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