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Book Love: The Private Voice Studio Handbook // 06


Welcome to the 6th instalment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. Today’s book is The Private Voice Studio Handbook: A Practical Guide to All Aspects of Teaching by Joan Frey Boytim.

I have a habit of buying books impulsively, especially if it’s the kind of book I can justify as a business expense. The Private Voice Studio Handbook was just such a purchase. When it arrived at my door I thought “I have been teaching voice privately for years, what could this book possibly teach me that I don’t already know?” I was surprised to find myself reading it cover to cover in a week.


The title says it all, this is an extremely practical guide to teaching voice. Everything is covered in plain language and nothing is left out. Boytim shares her resources, excerpts from her handouts to students, contracts, lesson cards, and vocal exercises along with her years of experience.

The book is geared towards those expecting to teach young, classical singers but most things apply to a teacher of any style. She explains how to audition a prospective students, how to prepare a student recital, how to ask for recommendations and much more.



That’s it for Book Love // 06. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. You can also check out the last post in the series, Leonard Cohen Selected Poems 1956 – 1968.

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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