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The Association of Teachers of Singing

The Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) was founded in 1975 to promote a wider understanding of all aspects of the teaching of singing. AOTOS creates opportunities which bring together teachers from all over the world. All AOTOS activities and services are open to members specialising in teaching any expression of song: from classical, through music theatre and folk, to jazz, rock and gospel, either privately or in school, college or conservatoire.

Being a member

AOTOS is an association specifically concerned with the needs and demands of all professionals involved in the training of the singing voice. Through AOTOS we make our voices heard, keep in contact with our fellow teachers, and broaden our horizons by exchanging ideas and experience.

Events

AOTOS has a busy calendar, including both National Conferences and Area Events. In recent years, we have offered successful events not only in London, but in the Central, North, South East and South West Areas of the UK.
Our inspiring one day National Conferences draw together a variety of excellent and knowledgeable speakers, whilst our increasingly popular Area Events normally focus on one speaker who presents one particular area of vocal interest. Our three day Summer Conference is always the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the year. It takes place in a different city or town across the UK each year, and enables teachers not only to access leaders in their field of knowledge, but also promotes personal development through networking and social interaction.

Training

The commitment of AOTOS to the improvement of singing teaching centres on the annual week-long Teacher Training Course. The course was originally designed to be a professional development for practising singing teachers. It offers the opportunity for teachers to work with guest pupils watched by an experienced teacher, who then comments and develops further ideas with the student teacher in regular sessions throughout the week. It provides an ideal ‘refresher’ course with chances to share new ideas and hone existing skills.

Magazine and Online Resources for Members

Singing  is the journal of AOTOS, sent twice a year to all members, and is also now available in pdf format online. It includes articles, book and music reviews, reports of presentations at recent national conferences and area events, as well as news of members, and notification of forthcoming events. Downloadable topics such as music theatre singing, sight singing, choral award applications can be found in the member resources section of the web site.

Conclusion

Membership of AOTOS shows that a teacher realises the need to keep learning and reflecting on teaching techniques and avoids the teacher becoming isolated which can be a common experience.

For further information and to join AOTOS, click here.