Teaching Young Voices Certificate

Course Description

This course will give you a firm foundation in the development of children’s voices, what they are capable of at each stage and the issues encountered during puberty. If you are a singing teacher, a choral director, a classroom music teacher or a Musical Theatre MD – this is what you need to know. The content is based on research evidence and a lifetime of experience in the field; it is not a teaching method, you will be given the tools to devise your own teaching strategies.

Course Content

Day 1

  • Why teach singing to children?
  • Recent educational research looking at learning and aptitude
  • The benefits of singing for general achievement and wellbeing
  • Foundations in vocal anatomy
  • Basic structure and function
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Choosing our language
  • Development from birth to 6yrs
  • Early musical experiences
  • Musical play
  • Vocal abilities and suitable repertoire

Day 2

  • Singing in Key Stage 2
  • Vocal development
  • Musical development including singing in tune
  • The relationship between parents, the student and the teacher
  • Adolescent girls
  • The role of hormones in vocal development
  • Common issues like breathiness in the voice
  • Repertoire choices
  • Adolescent boys
  • Recognising the stages of voice change
  • How to keep singing though these changes
  • Common challenges such as working with a limited range or choosing whether to use falsetto
  • Less common issues such as puberphonia
  • Finding repertoire that fits

Day 3

  • Structuring lessons and practice
  • Warm-ups: what to do and in which order
  • Crossing genres: pop and musical theatre techniques
  • Dealing with fear – memorising music and performance anxiety
  • Teaching students with different learning needs, for example: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, visually impaired
  • Child protection issues
  • Vocal health

The Assessment:

  • Prepare a teaching portfolio with evidence of appropriate application of technical guidance and repertoire choices.
  • Choose either two individual students or an existing group such as a choir.
    Show your plans for 6 lessons or rehearsals.
  • Give an explanation of what technical exercises you have done in each session: why you chose these exercises, how they were assimilated by the students and whether the outcomes were what you had hoped for or expected.
  • Evaluate your repertoire choice: why you chose it, and what were the outcomes. You can provide annotated copies of the music.
  • You will need to include a video of at least one lesson or rehearsal, this will need the relevant permissions from all concerned.

Follow up skype sessions/telephone support is available after the three days.

Course Requirements

You must have experience of teaching children to sing.


The Teaching Young Voices Certificate will take approximately 6 months to complete. The following costs cover the cost of the three day course, two days accommodation, breakfast and lunch as well as additional tutoring support.

Early Bird Non-residential – £300 (VAT inclusive) (Deadline: 18th January 2018)

Standard Fee Non-residential: £360 (VAT Inclusive)

Early Bird Residential – £500 (VAT inclusive) (Deadline 18th January 2018)

Standard Fee Residential: £595 (VAT Inclusive)

Early Bird Non-Residential + Certificated – £800 (VAT Inclusive) (Deadline 18th January 2018)

Standard Fee : Non-Residential + Certificated- £850 (VAT Inclusive)

Early Bird Residential + Certificated – £895 (VAT inclusive) (Deadline 18th January 2018)

Standard Fee Residential + Certificated: £995 (VAT Inclusive)

An Interview with Jenevora Williams

‘I thought I’d just say how inspiring I thought the course was. Jenevora is amazing – she has such a comprehensive knowledge of everything you need to know as a singing teacher. She’s not afraid to challenge conventions, yet she never belittles participants when breaking down those walls. It was wonderful to learn from her, and to spend a few days surrounded by colleagues from so many varied backgrounds’.

Mark McCombs, Aug 2017

“Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the recent course I attended with Jenevora Williams. She is obviously so knowledgeable and open to questioning, an excellent facilitator. The content was relevant and useful to my teaching practice.”

Charlotte Kitson, Aug 2017

‘Today, the topic Teaching Young Voices”” with Dr. Jenevora Williams was completed. I am so glad to be a part of this event. I would like to thank you and to thank to Jenevora for her professionalism, high quality of teaching and sharing. I will come again to continue my studies with her. Thank you.’

Doroteya Lyutskanova

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the three days. The structure of the course was clear, and Jenevora delivered her own information clearly and at what I thought was a perfect pace, and answered questions thoroughly and honestly. I very much admire the fact that when she didn’t know something (admittedly very little!), she would just say so. I personally found the information on tongue positions very helpful. Not only do I already feel like a better teacher but also a better singer. I can’t thank you enough for enabling this course to happen, and Jenevora for three of the most informative and interesting days of my whole life! I can’t wait to relay this knowledge to my own students and help to inspire others in the way that I have been inspired. Thank you so, so much.’

Abigail Gostick

A super 3 days. Did exactly what was advertised. From the first enquiry I was very impressed. Great communication from the admin side. As for the course: A superb set up, clear teaching, and beautiful venue. A wonderful course which has inspired me to delve more. Lots of useful resources to take away and Dr Jenevora is just a wealth of inspiration and knowledge. 
A really welcoming atmosphere was created. 
A hugely rewarding course. The most beneficial I’ve done yet in my 11 years of teaching.

Amelia Regnante

Had an amazing three days on the teaching young voices course with Dr Jenevora Williams. Lots of knowledge gained on a subject I love, great meeting others in the same field and really well organised.

Rachel Marsh

Many thanks Debbie for an excellent course:  It will have a really big impact on the way we teach singing in Sheffield Music Hub.

Peter Taylor


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General Information

Dates and Venue:

Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April 2018

Held at North Colchester Business Centre, 340 The Crescent, Colchester, Essex CO4 9AD.


Dr Jenevora Williams


Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults: Compton Publishing


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