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Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop

July 17-19, 2015

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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, What is Belt? How do I teach it?, Mentored Applied Teaching, Alexander Workshop, and Vocal Health.  Courses are taught by Boston Conservatory faculty and the 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 pedagogy and speech science, and a systematic practical approach to both classical and musical theater technique. 

 

2015 Faculty

2015 Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $650

Housing (Optional): $150

Boston Conservatory Student & Alumni Discounted Tuition: $500

Meals not provided.

Registration Deadline

July 10, 2015. 


2015 Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 17th

 

11:30am             Check-in for Dorms: 24 The Fenway

11:45am             Check-in: Main Lobby, 8 The Fenway

12:00pm             Welcome- Anatomy and Physiology Review

2:00pm                Systematic Voice Teaching  

3:15pm                Mentored Applied Voice Teaching:   Classical  

         Mentored Applied Voice Teaching:   Musical Theater 

5:15-7:00            Vocal Health Seminar with Q&A  -Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Saturday, July 18th

 

9:00am                What is Belting?  How do I Teach it?

10:45am             Comparative Pedagogy – The 1st Lesson 

11:45am             Comparative Pedagogy- Musical Theater Teaching Tools

12:45pm             Master Class with Mary Saunders

1:30pm                                Lunch Break

2:30pm                Breathing- Bringing in the Basics

4:00-6:00pm        Mentored Applied Voice Teaching:   Classical         

                             Mentored Applied Voice Teaching:  Musical Theater 

 

Saturday, July 19th

 

 

9:00am               Alexander Workshop for Singers

10:40am             Comparative Pedagogy- Grounding Female Voices

11:40pm             Comparative Pedagogy- Teaching Tenors

12:40pm             Master Class with Dr. Rebecca Folsom

1:30pm                                Lunch Break

2:30pm               Repertoire for the Teaching Studio

3:30-5:30            Mentored Applied Voice Teaching: Classical           

                           Mentored Applied Voice Teaching:  Musical Theater  

 

2015 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 review of anatomy and physiology, and the 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 prepare the basic foundation for the workshop participants

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

 

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. 

 

Breathing: Breaking it down to the Basics

This lecture led by Tara Stadelman-Cohen will discuss teaching breathing in the voice 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 presentation of 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 repertoire work.  A brief discussion with the instructors will follow.  Lesson topics will include: the First Lesson, and Teaching Tools for The Musical Theater Studio

 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 repertoire work.  A brief discussion with the instructors will follow.   Lesson topics will include: Grounding the Female Voice, and Training Tenor Voices

 

Applied Teaching

 

Mentored Teaching Classical/Musical Theater

Participants, at will, will demonstrate teaching of assigned pupils. Participants will receive constructive feed back from Master Teachers and workshop participants. The purpose is to offer teachers the opportunity to observe and apply technical teaching in an academic environment, as well develop new and different perspectives of applied voice teaching.

 

 

 

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