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Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop

July 18–20, 2014

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The Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop (VPPW) is designed to provide collegiate and private voice instructors and vocal music educators with unique learning opportunities in both musical theater and classical voice pedagogy. 

Topics will include: anatomy and physiology of the singing mechanism, developmental repertoire, comparative pedagogy, musical theater belt/mix and vocal health. Courses are taught by Boston Conservatory faculty, guest faculty and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Voice Center doctors and staff. 

In addition to earning 18 Professional Development Points (PDPs), participants will leave with an enriched and functional understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the singing mechanism, knowledge of current developments in voice and speech science and a systematic practical approach to both classical and musical theater technique. 

2014 Faculty

2014 Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $650

Housing (Optional): $150

Boston Conservatory Student & Alumni Discounted Tuition: $500

Meals not provided.

Registration Deadline

July 1, 2014. 


2014 Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 18th

12 p.m.    Dorm Check-In for participants staying on campus

1 p.m.    Registration/Welcome/Orientation

1:30 p.m.      Anatomy and Physiology of the Singing Mechanism 

3:30 p.m.      Vocal Health Seminar with Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center

5 p.m.      Q&A with MGH Voice Center Doctors and Staff

Saturday, July 19th

9 a.m.    What is Belting? Teaching Musical Theater and Contemporary Voice

11 a.m.  Comparative Voice Pedagogy

12 p.m. Comparative Voice Pedagogy

1 p.m.    BREAK FOR  LUNCH

2 p.m.    A Systematic Approach to Voice Teaching

4:30pm    Historic Classical Voices; Re-introducing historic singers

Sunday, July 20th

9 a.m.    Alexander Technique in the Voice Studio

11a.m.  Comparative Voice Pedagogy 

12 p.m.  Comparative Voice Pedagogy

1 p.m.  BREAK FOR LUNCH

2 p.m.    Repertoire for the Teaching Studio

4 p.m.    Teaching breathing: Concepts and Exercises 

 

2014 Course Descriptions

Anatomy, Physiology, and Voice Science Courses

 

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

This introduction to the Vocal Pedagogy workshop is an in-depth overview of the anatomy, physiology, and body systems used in singing. Led by Senior Speech Language Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist Tara Stadelman-Cohen of the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, this session will lay the basic groundwork for the workshop.

Vocal Health Seminar

Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center Doctors and Speech Pathologists discuss up-to-date developments in vocal hygiene, singer specific pathologies, surgeries, and rehabilitation. This is a fascinating look into the medical profession of caring for the professional voice.

Question and Answer with the MGH Voice Center will follow.

 

Special Topics in Voice Courses

 

What is Belting? Teaching Musical Theater and Contemporary Voice

Kevin Wilson, Professor of Voice and Director of Vocal Pedagogy Studies will lecture and lead a discussion on vocal registration and current pedagogical trends in teaching musical theater.  Participation is welcome and encouraged as you discover or secure your ideas of teaching contemporary voice.  This lecture will include live teaching demonstration.

 

Alexander Technique in the Voice Studio

Led by Sara Goldstein, Professor of Voice and Alexander specialist, this workshop will explore the principles of the Alexander Technique via discussion and group activities.  There will be opportunities for short individual performances as well. The Alexander Technique is a method for exploring human reaction with the potential for learning new ways of responding, often with greater ease. The work is experiential. Please come in comfortable clothing and with an open mind!  

 

A Systematic Approach to Voice Teaching

Led by Kevin Wilson, Professor of Voice and Director of Vocal Pedagogy Studies, this workshop discusses the major body systems in singing; Posture, Respiratory, Phonatory, Resonatory,  and Articulatory in a step-by-step  clear and methodical approach to teaching voice. Discussion will focus on discovering and differentiating between symptom and cause in technical voice teaching. 

 

Teaching breathing: Concepts and Exercises 

This workshop will discuss teaching breathing in the studio.  There will be discussion of the breathing process, the variations in breathing techniques, and securing language for teaching these concepts. Exercises for developing and securing breathing will be discussed and practiced. Please be prepared to discuss your breathing techniques and exercises with the group on a volunteer basis.

 

Repertoire Courses

 

Repertoire for the Teaching Studio

A presention familiar and lesser known repertoire for the classical and contemporary teaching studio. Discussion will detail how to select repertoire as a teaching tool for developing technical abilities, and how to build a successful personal music library.

 

Comparative Teaching Courses

 

Musical Theater Comparative Pedagogy

Master teachers will each instruct a 45 minute demonstration lesson. The lesson process will be complete with warm-ups, vocal exercises, breath and posture work, and potential technical song work.  A brief discussion with the instructors will follow.  

 

Classical Comparative Pedagogy

Master teachers will each instruct a 45 minute demonstration lesson. The lesson process will be complete with warm-ups, vocal exercises, breath and posture work, and potential technical song work.  A brief discussion with the instructors will follow.   

 

 

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