Here you'll find the answers to the most common questions we receive about New York Vocal Coaching's Voice Teacher Training & Certification program. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!
What Is The NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification?
The NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification was created by Justin Stoney, the founder of New York Vocal Coaching and one of the leading teaching talents in today’s vocal community. It is designed for aspiring and experienced voice teachers seeking to perfect their teaching craft. This course equips voice teachers with all the tools they need for a successful professional vocal studio. Trainees gain a masterful understanding of vocal pedagogy as it applies to singers of all levels, backgrounds, and musical styles - classical to contemporary. Trainees also have the opportunity to observe, study, and practice applying vocal technique in practical ways. Participants develop a diagnostic ear and learn to identify and address a variety of vocal technique issues. Participants also obtain a very detailed and nuanced understanding of their own vocal technique.
Unlike several other voice teacher certifications, the NYVC Voice Teacher Training is not a “method”. Instead, a great multitude of methods, techniques, and ideas from the world of vocal science and vocal pedagogy are explored. Teachers gain a comprehensive understanding of vocal pedagogy and learn a wide variety of technical, physical, and psychological strategies that have been used historically and in today’s modern vocal studios. No sound that a singer can make is considered “invalid”. Instead, participants learn exactly how sounds from all vocal styles are produced and how to teach them successfully and healthfully. Teachers graduate with vast teaching resources and endless possibilities.
Participants in the NYVC Voice Teacher Training are encouraged to view voice teaching as a craft and art form all its own. From this perspective, teachers learn to trust their teaching instincts and “teach to the individual” rather than follow a system of methodical rules. The unique gifts and talents of every participant are cultivated and developed. The result is voice teachers who emerge with confidence in the accuracy of their information, trust of their diagnostic ears, creativity in their teaching strategies, and unrestricted in their potential to help any singer improve. In short, this training develops true artists in the craft of voice teaching.
How is the Training structured?
The NYVC Voice Teacher Training and Certification consists of 6 sections: Lecture, Observation, Personal Study, Teaching, Listening, and Mentorship.
In the LECTURE, you will receive comprehensive instruction on all aspects of the voice, vocal technique, and vocal pedagogy. This includes Breathing, Anatomy, Laryngeal Studies, Vocal Registration, Vocal Science, Acoustics, Resonance, Posture & Alignment, Diagnostics, “Vocal Exercise Design”©, Vocal Styles, Phonetics, Singer Psychology, and much more. You will gain a complete understanding of the human voice, practical application of this knowledge to voice students, and will have the opportunity to address any and all questions throughout the course. You will emerge with every tool you need for masterful pedagogy and confidence in your teaching.
In the Observation section, you will observe vocal technique concepts applied to students taught live by Mr. Stoney. These observation sessions are performed in an interactive master class setting during the weekly class time. The observations allow you to witness how vocal pedagogical concepts can be applied skillfully and practically to help singers make fast and tangible improvements to a wide variety of vocal issues. New York Vocal Coaching’s students represent a vast array of styles, levels, backgrounds, ages, nationalities, and interests - allowing for a rich educational experience in diagnostic and practical vocal pedagogy.
In the Personal Study section, you will receive a one-on-one training session with Mr. Stoney. This session gives you a vocal “blueprint” as to how the concepts covered in the Voice Teacher Training apply to your own singing. Having a nuanced understanding of one’s own vocal technique is vital for helping others. Personal study allows you to gain a richer understanding of your own individual vocal technique as well as how to communicate your experience to your students.
The Teaching session is a practicum that gives you hands-on teaching experience under the care and guidance of Mr. Stoney. As you teach a student, live feedback and guidance is offered with respect to developing a diagnostic ear and understanding how to instinctively and practically apply concepts of vocal pedagogy to singers in the vocal studio.
The Listening section helps you to train your ears and learn to identify a wide variety of vocal qualities. Analyzing clips from many different artists and styles, you will receive guidance throughout the semester as you explore numerous examples for each vocal quality. Listening assignments mirror the Lecture component of the course, providing a deeper understanding of technical and stylistic topics. This prepares you to have greater confidence in assessing and collaborating with students of all styles.
The Mentorship component allows you the opportunity to be mentored by Mr. Stoney and other industry professionals during the course through ongoing opportunities for Q&As, feedback, business consulting, and personal correspondence. Graduates of the course have the option of continuing this mentorship through additional one-on-one sessions with selected staff from NYVC. The ongoing mentorship, separate from the 50-hour Complete Voice Teacher Training, is a personalized curriculum based on the goals and needs of each graduate. It is designed to ensure that you are not only continuing your growth as a voice teacher, but also creating a successful and expanding business.
Why was the NYVC Voice Teacher Training created?
For generations, aspiring voice teachers have been largely in the dark when it comes to receiving practical training in voice teaching. Graduates of university vocal pedagogy programs have a solid grasp of anatomical and scientific information, but often feel that they lack practical application in the vocal studio - particularly when it comes to the needs of contemporary singers. On the other hand, many practicing voice teachers may have wonderful instincts on how to help singers, but don't have a deep understanding of how to achieve certain results or why their methods work in the first place.
Although it seems strange, it’s most often the case that voice teachers have little or no actual training in practical voice teaching or vocal pedagogy. While there are many great voice teachers with formal pedagogical training, the unfortunate reality is that those who tend to have the greatest success have done the necessary research, experimented in the studio, and built their teaching craft totally on their own.
Mr. Stoney compiled and streamlined an extremely broad range of vocal pedagogy resources, vocal methods and approaches, vocal technique books and articles, and traditional vocal ideas. He coupled this with his own 15,000+ hours of work in the vocal studio with thousands of singers from all styles and from 60+ countries. This gave Mr. Stoney the inspiration to pave the way for other voice teachers and to create the NYVC Voice Teacher Training. The Voice Teacher Training condenses this vast body of research and experience into a course that makes extremely advanced vocal ideas simple and accessible for others. Voice teachers no longer need to spend years hunting for answers, guessing, or trying to apply a method. The training and mentorship that so many aspiring voice teachers have longed for is now being made available at New York Vocal Coaching.
Who usually takes the NYVC Voice Teacher Training?
The NYVC Voice Teacher Training most often consists of aspiring and experienced Voice Teachers. However, participants regularly come from various fields or experiences relating or not relating to Voice Teaching, such as:
- Performers who are looking to begin teaching alongside or in place of their performing
- Graduates of universities with music or voice degrees who feel they lack understanding of how vocal technique and pedagogy can be applied practically to the varied needs of singers
- Teachers who are familiar with how vocal technique applies to some styles (i.e. classical and opera), but not to others (i.e. contemporary music)
- Music Directors who possess musical or conducting prowess, but who lack understanding of vocal pedagogy
- Speech Language Pathologists who have a thorough background in anatomy and vocal science, but desire a stronger understanding of the needs of singers
- Singers who would like to deepen their craft by understanding their vocal technique on the level that experienced voice technicians do
While these are the most common participants in the NYVC Voice Teacher Training, graduates have also included people beyond those categories. We welcome anyone who is seeking to improve their knowledge of vocal technique & anatomy, voice teaching, and vocal pedagogy.
What are the qualifications to participate in the NYVC Voice Teacher Training?
While we are open to accepting anyone who is passionate about studying the craft of voice teaching, most participants have at least a few years of private vocal studies, a university degree in music, theatre, speech, speech pathology, or voice, or significant experience as a professional musician. There have been exceptions to this. However, to get the most out of the course, it is helpful for trainees to have some experience related to voice.
The course involves some basic music theory and application of “Vocal Exercise Design”© that requires a small degree of familiarity with either music theory or a musical instrument, preferably the piano. It is not a requirement for trainees to have any specific piano qualifications to participate in the course. However, it is the recommendation of Mr. Stoney that participants seek to develop at least basic piano skills for their future success as voice teachers. Piano training for voice teachers is offered by New York Vocal Coaching and can be easily and conveniently added as a supplement to the course hours if desired.
Is the NYVC Voice Teacher Training one-on-one or is it a group training?
The 50-Hour Voice Teacher Training is offered to small groups of voice teachers. Studying in a small group allows participants to work as a team, challenge one another, benefit from many interactive scenarios, and develop a network of voice teachers from around the globe.
Along with the group setting, participants receive personal correspondence with Mr. Stoney to discuss their quiz work and reflections throughout the semester.
At the end of the course, the Personal Study portion is completed privately with Mr. Stoney.
Due to the popularity of the program and to ensure that substantial personal attention and mentoring is possible, we limit the number of participants in each semester.
Will I work with Justin Stoney or the New York Vocal Coaching staff?
During the NYVC Voice Teacher Training, the Lectures, Observation, Personal Study, Teaching, and Mentorship are taught and guided exclusively by Justin Stoney. In addition to the 50+ hours spent with Mr. Stoney, participants correspond with an NYVC Associate on the Listening Guide Homework throughout the semester.
Participants are welcome to have private lessons with an NYVC Associate to complement their training if they would like. However, this is not included in the course.