BEWARE AND WARNING:
The Singing Self Program
Teacher Track will shake up your
vocal world… for the better!
If you are not ready for a
pedagogical paradigm shift,
turn back now.
It’s time to learn how to facilitate genuine transformation for your students
and have a total blast doing it!
There’s just one question: HOW?
You are brilliant and talented! If you are ready to learn how to actualize your potential
for yourself and for your students, keep scrolling…
We need a new model for vocal instruction… why?
- The prevailing model is mechanistic. “Do this, get that. Do that, get this…” We are not machines! We are linear/non-linear beings with a vast consciousness and a brilliant nervous system. Working with a person like they are a machine is not only degrading, it is dangerous and can lead to an eventual “de-functionalization” of the entire vocal system.
- The prevailing model presumes that the teacher is the expert and students are like empty bank accounts needing “deposits” of knowledge and information from us. How can learning not only be collaborative, but also put the power of choice and learning in the hands of the student so that they can own the fact that they are the only true expert of their own body/voice and that they already have all the resources they need? We can guide, of course, and use our own expertise to guide ever more masterfully, but the student should always be the leader, the true resource and the final expert on themselves. The age of the infallible maestro/a is over, right?
- Applying vocal models and techniques without first (and always) fostering an accurate sense of connection with one’s self and sensory experience for each student throughout the process is a deeply flawed approach. We are all different. We all sense ourselves differently (to varying levels of accuracy) and we all have a different image of what we are sensing. Just doing a technique or exercise on top of “who knows what else might already be going on” is lunacy! What’s really changing? What’s being learned and updated?
- As singers and voice teachers OUR image of what we are doing and what others are doing is always incomplete. If we believe that our limited understanding is truly comprehensive, we are lost (leading the lost) and we don’t even know it! How can we facilitate learning in such a way that we always know and don’t know at the same time? How can teaching become as much about discovering for ourselves as it will be for our students? How can we learn to “navigate the system” reliably without “knowing everything” at all times?
It’s not what you do, but how you do it that makes the difference!
THE SINGING SELF PROGRAM – Teacher Track will blow your mind by not only asking you to question all of your basic assumptions, but give you a framework for making the paradigm shift from a mechanistic view of voice and learning to a truly holistic and unified vision for the endless improvement of the body/mind/voice/self. AND, trust me, it’s not woo-woo at all! It’s as deeply practical as it is expansive! Is Dynamical Systems Theory “woo-woo?”
THE SINGING SELF PROGRAM – Teacher Track
The most innovative and comprehensive online program that will completely overhaul your understanding of the body/mind/voice/spirit so that you can teach at your best – a best that will keep getting better – without “teaching” at all. It will challenge you and inspire you, break down (gently) and put you back together again (easily) and you’ll LOVE every f-ing minute of it!
I made this program for all of the vocal rebels, troublemakers, black sheep, and weirdos who dare to do something different than the rest…the future of vocal instruction is already here, but hardly any see it yet – let alone are using it in our studios! At this point, you have to be a bit of a rare bird to get it. But, not for long…
Most “innovators” in our field aren’t innovating at all… it’s variations of the same thing. They are all based on an anti-systemic voice of the body/mind/voice. In that sense, they’re all the same. What I’m talking about is TOTALLY DIFFERENT – a completely different paradigm.
Am I really ready for this, you ask?
Well, since the voice world is OBSESSED with science, here’s some science for you. It comes from Chaos Theory and Complexity Theory. We are linear/non-linear beings living in a linear/non-linear reality. Our brain is designed to organize the chaos into useful patterns and update old patterns by harnessing the chaos within and around us.
BUT, current teaching practices do not fully work with this reality – if at all (most do the exact opposite!)
The TSSP-TT program will show you how to optimize your approach to vocal training to build on the process that your students already operate by – but they just don’t know it. Most approaches are too linear (aka most academic and traditional methods) which creates a kind of chaos that leads to de-functionalization over time <– this is why exercises can lose their effectiveness after a while and why “well-trained” singers seem to get worse and worse after years and years of repetition of the same old patterns.
If you learn to harness the power of chaos in physical/vocal learning for you and your students you’ll find a totally new way to be – stable in the midst of instability, and confident in the confusion – and you’ll be able to guide your students to do so as well!
And, best of all, the entire notion of technique falls away – not because it isn’t there, but because it is imparted so organically it is as if it were like learning to ride a bike or use a fork – simple, intuitive and natural. Your student will do what’s natural because that’s what we’re all designed to do and when you learn how to facilitate just the right processes “good technique” is what will automatically happen! Once you get used to this new way of what I call “teaching without teaching,” you’ll be a pedagogical genius in no time!
THE SINGING SELF PROGRAM – Teacher Track harnesses the power of Chaos/Order to optimize your learning while showing you how to do it yourself! It’s a win-win-win (…for you, your teaching and your students!)
IS THIS REALLY FOR ME?!?
you’ve been to all the conferences and trainings out there… you’ve never encountered what you’ll be learning in THE SINGING SELF PROGRAM – Teacher Track
you are totally satisfied with your current voice teaching abilities… THERE’S MORE! The smartest people know: “The more you know, the more you know that you don’t know.” Let’s pursue “ignorance” together and know more than we ever thought possible!
you have a broad knowledge about all of the components of good vocal health and technique how do they all come together into one complete whole? (No more pot pourri lessons or doling out good info with so-so results!)
you’re well-versed in “motor learning” and applying it to your vocal lessons… there’s more, that’s only part of the picture. Great info + Somatic Learning + Experiential Learning = WOW! Don’t you want your lessons to be WOW-ERS!?!
THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU IF:
- You’re ready to go on an adventure of inner and outer discovery!
- You’re not satisfied with “good enough” or the “popular standard” when it comes to vocal instruction.
- You’ve already realized the limitations of “good information” and you’re ready to be truly effective.
- You’re ready to stop “teaching” and learn to “teach without teaching” i.e. facilitate real learning that sticks!
- You want to DISCOVER your own voice beyond your current level of training, expanding your self-understanding, while learning to facilitate learning.
- You’re ready to move beyond your comfort zone and learn to become comfortable navigating chaos in learning!
THIS COURSE IS NOT FOR YOU IF:
- You’re satisfied with your current pedagogical abilities.
- You’re OK with only being able to guide a student through the first round of basic vocal improvement.
- You think that warm-ups and exercises are enough and are not interested in genuine learning.
- You are content with your current vocal understanding.
- You feel good about gathering more and more info without ever having a way for it all to come together and add up to a comprehensive pedagogical approach.
“Do you want your students to feel inspired in the practice room? Do *you* seek inspiration to sing? Robert’s exquisitely guided explorations help you re-discover why you sing, learn how you sing, and improve in all areas of awareness, from singing itself to the mental gymnastics we put ourselves through when seeking vocal improvement. You will learn to be patient, to explore, and to find how the simple can make extreme differences in how you make the sound you want to make. Explore and investigate with Robert to find a whole new universe of vocal sound!”
“I spend my life training and mentoring teachers, it’s important to keep my ideas fresh and new. Robert Sussuma keeps challenging my ideas with unexpected twists and turns, helping me to think wider and deeper about how we learn, how we sing and how that is best communicated.”
“Working with Robert has helped me realize how truly dynamic my singing and teaching can be. As a teacher, I am finding my lessons more playful and engaging, and I’m discovering that I am able to work with the uniqueness of each student to help them bring about meaningful and lasting growth. My students are singing with more ease, they are more confident singing in different styles/genres, and are overall more empowered and expressive in the work they do. This has truly been a game changer!”
“Robert has helped me open up pathways of deep learning and discovery in my own voice/self. The approach has also filtered into how I teach and think about learning. The Singing Self Program is a goldmine! I feel lucky to have found him.”
I’m Robert Sussuma, creator of THE SINGING SELF PROGRAM and its Teacher Track. This program is my valentine to every singer and voice teacher who’s tried all of the popular vocal techniques out there—and found themselves whispering, “Is that all there is?”
After a harrowing escape from a vocal cult, I realized that the best singers need a different, fresh take on their voices and how to improve them. The same ol’, same ol’ would never get them there. There is a Vocal Learning CODE and I cracked it! YOU can too!
When you enroll in THE SINGING SELF PROGRAM – Teach Track, you’ll find yourself presented with an array of challenges in the form of classes that totally transform your fundamental understanding of the voice and voice learning… leading to better singing, teaching and, dare I say it… a better you.
THE SINGING SELF PROGRAM – TEACHER TRACK is an extension of THE SINGING SELF
PROGRAM that is built around Robert’s ground-breaking, 6-part Series – TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING. After a general introduction to this way of working (Phases 1 &2), Phase 3-8 each combines a TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING level with 2 other classes from THE SINGING SELF PROGRAM.
The program alternates between different classes, creating an optimal linear/non-linear learning process in which you can grow and transform as both a vocalist and teacher!
Here’s how it works in more detail…
- A thorough and enlightening introduction to the course including tips and hacks about how to get the most out of the program. Then 2 Introductory classes tear you apart and put you back together again (mentally and vocally) and give you the basic learning and awareness tools that will aid and guide you in the journey ahead!
You are presented a a braided series of 3 classes called GLOBAL REBALANCING that interlaces:
SINGING THE BONES ALIVE! – all about becoming aware of a re-organizing the entire skeleton.
SLURP! – all about exploring the mysteries of the tongue and its many bodily connections.
SQUISHY WONDERS – all about integrating the innumerable diaphragms and sphincters throughout the body.
These classes are presented in an alternative fashion – 1, 1, 1; 2, 2, 2, etc. in a way that blends global, full-body awareness learning with particular, local vocal learning. The result is an integrated sense of body/self/voice while helping you feel acclimated to this new way of learning and being.
In Phases 1 & 2 you are primarily in “student mode.”
Now it’s time to get into TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING (TWT) with 2 other classes “sandwiched” between the TWT classes.
TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING I – Exploring 7 mind and voice-altering Somatic Principles to apply to voice learning in the studio.
WHAT THE NECK?!? – A deep dive into understanding the neck – what is it really? – and how it connects to better voice, posture, breathing and being.
THE LARYNX, A CROSSROADS – Untangling the many criss-cross, diagonals throughout the body that converge right at the vocal mechanism. When these diagonals are re-organized it has a wonderful freeing effect on the voice.
This combination of classes simultaneously blows your mind, theoretically and Conceptually (as a teacher), while bringing your physical awareness into ever sharper focus. The combination is deliberately “yin and yang” – but you’ll see, by the end, that each of the classes are unified through a complete and comprehensive application of deep learning.
Another blend of 3 classes focusing on practical application and the use of the mouth.
TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING II – Let’s get practical and apply those 7 principles to working with students! This class explores: the art of facilitation; what makes a lesson a lesson?; and gets you practicing with concrete strategies to apply to your lessons.
MOULDING THE MOUTH – This special series is based on 2 great books – “Jaws” and “Breath” by James Nestor. The novel lessons here bring the new discoveries of nasal breathing and oral posture into transformative experience connected with voice. You’ll never think of the mouth in the same way again!
PHENOMENAL PHONEMES – I love a good phoneme lesson… and this series if full of them. Using phonemes is also an integral part of TWT2 – so this class augments your experience and understanding of phonemes while you’re also learning to use them in your own somatic facilitations.
This combination of classes is deeply practical – giving you a basic step-by-step approach to somatic learning in the voice studio – while also inviting you to question your own oral posture and speech habits.
After this phase, the SECRET BONUS LIBRARY opens to you with many other classes to augment your learning.
Here, you’re alternating between teacher mode and student mode!
Another blend of 3 classes focusing on understanding the body/voice connection.
TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING III – We all know that as vocalists, the whole body is our instrument, but what does that really mean? And how can we tap into, map and organize these whole body connections? Well… this is my specialty… I’ll show you!
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU – This unique series looks at the vocal folds and the vocal tract in novel and surprising ways using simple, but profound lessons and strategies! You’ll never think of them
the same way again!
BREATH AND TONE, THE MARVEL OF TRANSDUCTION – This newer class could be seen as an extension of MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU, going even deeper into “finding the fit” between breath and tone – a foundation of healthy vocalization.
This combination of classes is all about connections. By experiencing these classes – mostly in “student mode” you will be preparing your body/mind/voice awareness for the advanced facilitation strategies to come.
Another blend of 3 classes focusing on functional anatomy and “thinking functionally”
TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING IV – We all know about vocal anatomy these
days… that’s part of the normal approach now, but most only understand
anatomy and physiology part by part. This is not a deep enough understanding to work functionally. In this class I will bring you vocal anatomy 4.0 – thinking in patterns and functions – and also show you how to make practical use of this knowledge in your own lessons.
THE JAWBONE’S CONNECTED TO THE… WHOLE SELF! – So many people
are confused in and about the jaw (maybe even you). Why is that? Well,
reason #1: the jaw isn’t just the jaw! It is part of your whole body/self. In this
class you see how your whole body is ONE BIG JAW – and when you
do… bye bye confusion and pain!
SECRETS IN THE BONES – I love the human skeleton! It is an often ignored, but
crucial aspect of physical and vocal understanding and health. In this
series we zoom in to look at small bony details in the head and neck that
hold powerful secrets for understanding vocal function!
This combination of classes is all about deepening our understanding of anatomy, specifically, while widening our understanding of physiology functionally. This zoom in/zoom out approach was introduced in TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING I and is fundamental to the TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING way. Here that principle is more deeply explored and understood!
THE SECRET BONUS LIBRARY:
After one completes PHASE SIX, THE SECRET BONUS LIBRARY opens up.
It contains 4 sections containing all manner of interesting, unusual and transformative classes:
ON LEARNING AND NOVELTY
ON “THE TECHNIQUE OF NO TECHNIQUE”
Another blend of 3 classes focusing on vocal development and advanced facilitation.
TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING V – Here we get practical again and bring
everything from TWT 1-4 into our understanding of lessons and facilitation again, but now in an advanced way that included the body/voice connection and functional thinking!
CO-DEVELOPMENT – This unique series takes you way back to the beginnings
of life when babies are learning to speak and move at the same time. Re-visiting the developmental milestones of these formative times allows you to update the present by returning to the past-in-the-present.
COMMON PROBLEMS, UNCOMMON SOLUTIONS – Let’s face it, there are
some things we see in the voice studio ALL THE TIME – the usual issues. In this class we look at those usual suspects but work with them in unusual ways. This class gets deep into the linear/non-linear aspect of vocal learning and improvement.
This combination of classes is also deeply practical but now in an advanced way. While you’re advancing your facilitation skills, you’ll also be asked to go back to basics. It’s a cool combination.
TWT6 with 2 classes between VERSATILITY/UNKNOWING
Another blend of 3 classes focusing on working with the whole person.
TEACH WITHOUT TEACHING VI – This final series looks at the student and
vocal learning process from a deeply personal and expanded point of view. As I like to say… “We don’t teach, we facilitate the whole person to learn for themself in a deep and respectful way.”
VOCAL VERSATILITY EXPANDED! – This class is the class I wish I had had in
college! It invites you into a process of learning how to learn a song without learning it any one way, how to practice without losing spontaneity and how to perform with authenticity.
UNKNOWING YOUR VOICE – As you know, I’m a big fan of Chaos and Complexity Theories. This class integrates the principles of both of these fields into a deep linear/non-linear learning process that allows you to step out of the old into the new and back again. It’ll be a wild ride!
If you haven’t realized it, the learning never ends! There’s always more to explore and re-explore. Improvement is never finished. In this final series, you’ll feel more competent and secure as a facilitator while feeling brave enough to also not know and let it all go – so it can come back together in new and updated ways – again, and again, and again!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?