April 15, 2019 - 1:30 pm

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The real “how-to” of singing

This three-day intensive is packed with information, techniques and hot tips for singing in different genres.

“At last someone has understood the sounds I am making and can help me move forward from here” Christine, choral leader, UK 

“Before I was basing my singing on feelings and sensations. Now I KNOW what I’m doing, how to improve it” Maria T, actor singer, Spain

“True breakthrough moments. When the singing techniques were put into practice, the vocal quality shifted before our eyes and ears” Lisa Wilson, Past President VASTA, USA

Here are some of the singing topics and vocal techniques you will learn on the course:

Discover the secrets of breathing in singing: how and when you breathe in, and what to do with it once you’ve got it
Abs, ribs, controlling the out-breath and ‘support’
How your vocal folds work: making contact, resisting breath, creating sound
Deconstriction (allowing breath in and not ‘throat controlling’).   


Working on range with Dr Gillyanne

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Lots of practical learning – ITSV Liverpool 2018

Discover how to make and control volume in singing
Breath and vocal folds: flow and levels of resistance, sub-glottal pressure
The cut and thrust of singing: Twang or your personal sound booster
Get your back into it: Finding the voice body connection for support

Range – finding it and controlling it
Pitching – how is pitch made and what your vocal folds need to do
Finding your full range, your working range and your comfort zone
Gear changes: Hide, disguise or feature?


Happy Singing Teacher!

Resonance – how to find it, how to change it for different sound qualities
Nasal or not? Identifying nasality and dealing with it
‘Correct’ vowels and why they might change with different music styles
Knowing where your tongue goes and how it can shape the sound

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Wow! Liverpool ITSV 2018








Putting it together!

Why context is EVERYTHING
What’s YOUR style? The vocal demands of your particular music
Singing words – some problems and solutions

All of the above include targeted exercises to discover how your voice works and what it is capable of.

“I can honestly say that I have never had a learning experience that was so useful yet so enjoyable at the same time. Your ‘can do’ approach and focussed encouragement made the atmosphere so unthreatening, and as a result everyone was relaxed and willing to try things out with some astonishing results – it was just voice heaven!” 


A bit about Vocal Process    Logo

Vocal Process is owned and run by internationally renowned vocal and performance trainers Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher. In case you don’t know, we work in many different music genres. We’re not biased towards one musical or vocal style. We give you the tools to choose how YOU want to sound. If it’s healthy, it’s good. We have high-level experience in the field, working with professional performers AND their teachers. We train the trainers, and that speaks for itself!

We’ve written books on singing and performance, started the groundbreaking professional development Webinar series, created numerous Voice Training DVDs, been guest speakers at voice conferences and seminars around the world, and been invited to contribute two entire chapters for the new Oxford Handbook of Singing, on vocal physiology and teaching singing in different genres.

A bit about VocAL Intuition  

VocAL Intuition is owned and run by Vocal Process Associate Teacher Anne Leatherland. Trained by Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher, I work with them on their courses and retreats and as a tutor on their teacher accreditation programme. My articles on useful apps for singing teachers and lesson plans on vocal technique are available from Vocal Process. I have also co-authored a successful ebook with Jeremy Fisher: “How to Accompany Your Singing Students”

 I have over twenty years experience of teaching singers and have trained musical theatre and acting students in Liverpool. I now help professional singers and speakers with vocal troubleshooting,  general vocal development and application of vocal skills in performance. VocAL Intuition runs a  unique online mentoring course for new singing teachers. 

I’m delighted to be teaching this course again alongside Dr Gillyanne, following our  successful ITSV in Liverpool last summer.


You will need to find your own accommodation for the course. Here are some hotels within walking distance of the Quayside and the college. We haven’t stayed in any of these, but it will give you a starting point when looking for somewhere to stay.

Travelodge Newcastle Quayside

Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead Hotel

Jurys Inn

Malmaison Newcastle


We will provide tea, coffee, juice and light refreshments at breaks. `Lunch is not included but there are good places to eat within a few minutes walk or at the Sage nearby.

Course Timing

  • Monday 15th April 13.30 – 19.30
  • Tuesday 16th April 09.30 – 19.30
  • Wednesday 17th April 09.30 – 16.30

You will need to be able to attend all three days.


Booking Your Place

Please fill in the form below to register your interest and commence booking. Full payment must be made for a place to be confirmed so please pay on booking.  If you would like to pay by BACS or arrange a monthly payment plan please contact Anne putting “ITSV NE” at the head of your message.

The price currently listed (£440) is an “Early Bird” rate which gives £57 off the full price of £497. This price will be available until March 1st 2019.

Cancellations and Refund Policy:

Refunds for cancelled bookings made before the commencement of the course will be made as follows:

  • More than 28 working days : Full
  • Between 21 and 28 working days: 80%
  • Between 15 and 21 working days : 50%
  • Between 7 and 14 working days: 30%
  • Less than 7 working days: Nil

Please read our privacy policy and event terms and conditions carefully as by booking your place you will be agreeing to these.

We are really hoping that you will be able to join us for this fantastic course and look forward to working with you in Gateshead. Feel free to contact Anne should you need further information.

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.