INSPIRATION


My approach to teaching singing and to music education has formed over the years and is influenced by many great teachers. My method of working is not static, and so I keep reflecting, developing, rephrasing and refining my thoughts on teaching. With a background and training in both vocal pedagogy and music education, I keep drawing inspiration from various sources.

My philosophy for teaching singing is greatly influenced by the pedagogical philosophy of Complete Vocal Technique, developed by Cathrine Sadolin. She has inspired my teaching in many ways, not only because of her innovative approach on vocal technique, but also because of her always enthusiastic and open approach to working with singers of all styles. I graduated as an Authorised CVT Teacher in 2011 and keep up to date in the latest developments in CVT by attending update seminars at Complete Vocal Institute.

For music education, I have found plenty of inspiration in the Orff-Schulwerk approach, developed by music teacher Gunild Keetman and composer Carl Orff. For innovative applications of the Orff-approach I have found inspiration in the work of the Finnish Soili Perkiö, and the American Doug Goodkin. Goodkin has combined Orff Schulwerk to the teaching of Jazz and multicultural music, and connects ideas from the Orff-approach of music education to the greater world of education, culture and human potential.

Every year I set myself a professional development plan, attending courses and seminars, learning more about vocal technique, vocal health, pedagogy, artistry and musicianship. Currently I am studying "long distance" with British voice specialists Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher through the webinars hosted at Vocalprocess.

Inspiration is everywhere. I find inspiration for teaching also in sources like yoga, in my own experiences as a creative and performing artist, in communicating with colleagues, or in listening to music and seeing concerts or theatre performances. And I love to read. I read countless books on singing, vocal technique, music education, anatomy and physiology of the voice, psychology, pedagogy, mindfulness, creativity, productivity, and so on. Some of my favourite writers include Kenny Werner, Janice L. Chapman, Meribeth Dayme, Julia Cameron, Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. A teacher is never "ready". The only thing you can do is keep learning from every experience along your teaching journey.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT


The art of teaching (singing and music) is very fascinating, and so is singing and the human voice. After all, when working with the singing voice we are dealing with many parts - voice, body, mind, spirit, and emotion.

I am currently studying and researching a variety of topics related to singing, vocal pedagogy, creativity and artistry, and am planning to write more on these subjects. Some of my thoughts on singing and teaching can be found in my blog. The blog posts are a collection of observations and experiences from my own work as a teacher, about combining a career as a teacher and artist, and various questions I like to ponder. You are welcome to read, perhaps some of the thoughts will inspire you to reflect on your own teaching philosophy or creative work.
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