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Ep 55

Vocal coach and mental health first aider, Cat Ogden, join Bronwyn this week on Singing Teachers Talk to discuss the topics of well-being and mental health. Cat’s studio specialises in singing for mental health and well-being and she is also studying for a master’s degree where her research work focuses on adolescent mental health. 


  • Self-care isn’t taking yourself on a spa day and it’s not a selfish thing to do. It’s about making pockets of time for yourself. 
  • You cannot support those around you or do your job to the best of your ability if you are not taking time for self-care. 
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress.
  • We never stop learning, not only to become a better singer and a better vocal coach but also because things change, new ideas and new information become available. 


‘Absolutely everyone should practice self care’

‘I can’t ever imagine a point in my life where I’m not learning about the voice’ 

‘The BAST course is the best thing I’ve ever done, it’s given me so many opportunities’ 


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Cat Ogden trained at UCLan in Music Theatre and is currently studying for a Master’s in Voice Pedagogy with the Voice Study Centre. She specialises in teaching children and young adults, and in singing for mental health and well-being. Cat has a certificate in mental health first aid, vocal health first aid and has completed the BAST 20 hour course. She lives in Cheshire.

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