Presented by NYSTA in Co-operation with Westminster Choir College
NYSTA'S Professional Development Program is a unique series of live courses and online webinars designed for all those interested in singing. If you sing or work with singers professionally, you will gain new mastery and insights from our essential, core curriculum. All courses are taught by leading experts and designed especially for practicing professionals.
Each CORE course (Vocal Anatomy & Physiology, Voice Acoustics & Resonance, Vocal Health for Voice Professionals, Singer's Developmental Repertoire and Comparative Pedagogy) is completed with an exam, and registrants successful in completing all five courses (which includes passing the exams) are awarded NYSTA's Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate of Completion. Purchase of a course gives you access to the materials for four months, with an additional two months to complete the final exam. If you wish to extend your access, or review a course that you've taken before, you may do so for half the cost of the original course.
Additional courses are occasionally available which may be full-length, or shorter courses. Shorter courses are not eligible for credit at this time.
Since its earliest years, NYSTA has sought to foster standards in the profession. In the 1920s and 30s the organization led efforts to require certification by the New York State government for all voice teachers. While state certification was never implemented, its intent came to fruition with the establishment of our Professional Development Program (PDP). The program was guided by noted pedagogue Oren Lathrop Brown, and spearheaded by past NYSTA President, Janet Pranschke.
The core curriculum offers a series of outstanding courses in Vocal Anatomy and Physiology, Voice Acoustics and Resonance, Vocal Health for Voice Professionals, Singer's Developmental Repertoire and Comparative Pedagogy, taught by leaders in each field. Additional, related courses - such as Applied Pedagogy - are held in addition to the main offerings. Beginning in 2007, thanks to the efforts of current president, David Sabella-Mills, we began to offer our courses online. To date,