Covi-19 has certainly changed our lives across the world. Schools and institutions have shut down and in the blink of an eye, and with mammoth effort from so many, we now find ourselves teaching at home online. The repercussions are not difficult to see as we all adapt to a very different way of working. To boost morale, at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a social media ‘At Home’ platform was very quickly established to keep us all in contact with each other and to keep the vibrancy and value of our work to the fore. Here is an interview I did at the beginning of lockdown.
What do you love about teaching?
THE BENEFITS OF SINGING
Suffice it to say that singing is good for your health! Singing is also fun and if you sing in a choir or small group you will find a wonderful community of like-minded people. The health benefits are numerous and there are many other spin offs too. Singing is something you can do at any age and you don’t have to be a professional or aspiring professional to enjoy it. Singing gives you a wonderful skill which gives you and others pleasure. The benefits are:
- Increased confidence and self esteem
- Improved posture and breathing
- It lifts your spirits
- It reduces stress
- It gives you a sense of well being
- It helps with communication and listening skills
- It is fun
- It is for all ages
- It can help with many illnesses and health problems….depression, anxiety, asthma, dementia and alzheimers to name but a few.
“Kathleen is a kind, wise and generous colleague who has helped so many vocal students gain knowledge and confidence in this fickle business”. Dame Sarah Connolly. (Mezzo Soprano)
“Kath cares deeply about her students and is a great support to them. She understands that each singer has their own vocal journey and adapts to what the individual needs. This combination, coupled with her musicianship skills, were very beneficial to me as a young singer”. Catriona Morrison. Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 (Mezzo Soprano)
“Kathleen has a warm personality coupled with an authoritative delivery that gets results in a pleasant atmosphere and, when needed, with humour. She works patiently but with resolve”. Dr Christopher Bell, National Youth Choir of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival Chorus.
“She is a great colleague and has a wonderful supportive manner”. Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal RCS since 2015.