2020 SATS for Teachers Course

Book your place

Booking is now open for our 2020 SATS for Teachers 5 day Course.

There is already a high demand for places on our courses, with people travelling from all over the world to take part.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

SATS for Teachers

10th - 14th August, 2020


Professor Janice Chapman, author of the internationally acclaimed book Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice (SATS), will lead a team of voice specialists and vocal coaches from the industry in a comprehensive pedagogy course at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Following the success of 2019, we are delighted to once again offer a separate SATS course that has been specifically tailored for the needs of dedicated teachers.

With a greater focus on developing diagnostic skills and the application of the SATS model in the vocal studio, our 5 day SATS for Teachers course is perfect for any voice teacher who wants a practical and hands-on approach to working with their students.

Concepts introduced in lectures will be reinforced by live demonstrations using endoscopy, spectography and ultrasound.

Guided collaborative masterclass sessions will encourage you to hone your diagnostic skills and trouble-shooting abilities via a group discussion and differential diagnosis of singers of varied backgrounds - all under the guidance of the CVT Directors.

New for 2020 - following increasing demand from teachers trained in Classical but who are being asked to teach other styles of music, we will be looking at how to adapt and use the SATS model and concepts in different genres - specifically Music Theatre and Contemporary music.


Dates: Monday 10th – Friday 14th August 2020

Venue: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire,  Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham B4 7XR

Cost: £1,250 including accommodation and meals.

Accommodation: Single en-suite room within 6 - 7 room flat. Shared  kitchen/dining/lounge area. Bedding, towels and toilet rolls provided (non-residential option available - see booking page)

Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea, coffee, water and snacks are included.

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Continuing Professional Development

Classical Voice Training Ltd is proud to be a member of the CPD Service, dedicated to the holistic commitment of professionals towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers.

The SATS for Teachers course will accrue over 40 CPD points.


Voice Specialists

  • Professor Janice Chapman – Director of CVT, course leader and author of SATS Book
  • James Platt – Director of CVT, Professional Singer and Pedagogue
  • Andrew Follin – Director of CVT, Estill Master Trainer
  • Dr Christopher White - Studienleiter (Head of Music) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
  • Ed Blake - Specialist Vocal Physiotherapist, Physio Ed Medical Ltd, Harley Street
  • Sue Jones, FRCSLT - Head of Speech, Voice and Swallowing Services at University Hospital of South Manchester / Adviser to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) on voice disorders
  • Further visiting staff TBC


This course is designed specifically for

  • Voice Teachers & Pedagogues
  • Singers who are interested in teaching

NB Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of Classical Voice Training’s Workbook, based on Janice Chapman’s ground-breaking book ‘Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice’.

The course workbook will present the most up to date vocal research, to guide participants through the week.

CVT's Workbook is much sought-after, but only available to participants on our courses.


Demonstrations & Presentations will include

  • Movement, Physical and Body Conditioning – Strengthening, Stretching and Releasing Key Muscle Groups
  • Practical strategies for achieving optimal performance alignment
  • Accent Method Breathing
  • How to transition from Accent Method Breathing into Breathing and Support for Singers
  • Breathing & Support
  • Postural Alignment
  • Primal Sound Training: Using Triggers to co-ordinate airflow, larynx and the vocal tract
  • Vocal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Manual Therapy
  • Phonation
  • Resonance
  • Articulation
  • Artistry and Performance
  • Live abdominal ultrasound presentation
  • Live laryngeal naso-endoscopy presentation
  • Live Spectrogram demonstration


The week will include

  • Physical and Body Warmups
  • Accent Method Training
  • Palpation and handling skills for teachers
  • Vocal Warm Up with Specialist Practitioners
  • Small Tutorial Practice Groups: Putting Pedagogy into action
  • One-to-One Vocal Sessions (optional: incurs extra cost)
  • Plenary Pedagogical Lectures
  • Vocal Diagnostic Classes
  • Masterclasses in Teaching Voice Pedagogy
  • Optional: Specialist Areas of Vocal Pedagogy Lectures
  • The Art of Teaching
  • Interactive Round Table Discussions and Q&A Sessions


Masterclasses & One-to-One Lessons

A key feature of the Teacher course is our innovative Guided Masterclass sessions. In these, you will work with singers from varied backgrounds, performing differential diagnoses on issues, solutions and prioritising. This will be done under the guidance of the Classical Voice Training Directors. Classical Voice Training will also provide students for teachers to work with throughout the course.

Those teachers who sing will be able to take part in our vocal masterclasses.

Each participant will receive a One to One session with a Director of their choice (subject to availability) as either a singing lesson or a teacher mentoring session.

Further optional one to one sessions may be made available during the week, by arrangement. A further fee will be payable to the teacher / Director involved.

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SATS for Performers
Introduction to SATS
For those new to the SATS model
SATS singing exercise workshops
Specialist workshops
Public Singing Masterclasses
Accommodation included - single ensuite hotel room
All meals and snacks provided
Non-residential option available @ £850
Daily movement class
Accent Method session
Extra bookable one to one sessions
Group singing classes
Evening singalongs
❌   Using SATS in other genres
❌   One to one session with CVT Director
❌   Live ultrasound demonstration
❌   Video endoscopy demonstration



Book your place

Booking is now open for our 2020 SATS for Teachers 5 day Course.

There is already a high demand for places on our courses, with people travelling from all over the world to take part.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.