Out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, this workshop will be offered remotely for summer 2020 and will accept registrations through July 1, 2020. Please see below for updated program information, including reduced pricing.
July 9–12, 2020
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.
This summer, the workshop will be offered remotely so that participants can join from the comfort of their homes with more options, registering either for the complete workshop experience or taking courses à la carte. The 2020 courses include:
- The Musician’s Mind: The Third Pillar of Voice Science
- Breathing for Singing: One Way? No Way!
- Anatomy and Physiology: An Overview
- Registration and Acoustic Perception
- Necessary Migrations: The Acoustic and Somatosensory Transitions of Range
- Teaching Musical Theater: Securing Belt, Mix, and Legit
- Cross-Training in the Musical Theater Voice Studio
- Getting High: Exploring Belt and Falsetto Options in the Male Voice
- Teaching Tenors, Baritones, and Basses: Building a Foundation
- Teaching Mezzos and Sopranos: Building a Foundation
- LIVE: Living and Singing in Our Bodies: Alexander Technique in the Voice Studio and Online Teaching
All courses will be delivered and available for viewing by July 6. During the regularly scheduled days, participants will engage in live Q&A sessions with the course instructors—Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty, renowned master teachers and guests, and singing voice specialists from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Voice Center. See the faculty list below.
Participants will gain 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.
Those who complete the full workshop (all classes and Q&A sessions) will receive a Certificate of Distinction in Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Participants who complete the full workshop may receive a Boston Conservatory at Berklee Certificate of 18 Professional Development Points (PDP) if PDPs are requested upon registration.
Who Should Register
Collegiate and private voice instructors and vocal music educators. No audition is required.
The tuition amount above reflects summer 2020 pricing for remote instruction as well as the removal of fees for housing.
No scholarships are currently available for this program.
Faculty and Guest Instructors
Kevin Wilson, program director and head of vocal pedagogy
Mary Saunders–Barton, guest instructor, Pennsylvania State University; author of Cross Training in the Voice Studio
Ken Bozeman, author of Practical Vocal Acoustics
Tara Stadelman-Cohen, senior speech pathologist/singing voice specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center
Sara Goldstein, voice faculty
Michael Hanley, voice faculty and Entrepreneurial Skills for Musicians instructor
Lynn Helding, University of Southern California; author of The Musician's Mind
Ian Howell, guest instructor, New England Conservatory
Patty Thom, chair of voice
Jared Trudeau, voice faculty
2020 Workshop Schedule
All course presentations—asynchronous—delivered by July 3
All live Q&A session times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Thursday, July 9
4:00 p.m.: Welcome and Introduction
6:00 p.m.: LIVE CLASS: Alexander Technique in the Voice Studio and Online Teaching
Friday, July 10
10:00 a.m.: Q&A with Ian Howell
12:00 p.m.: Q&A with Tara Stadelman-Cohen
3:00 p.m.: Q&A with Lynn Helding
Saturday, July 11
Sunday, July 12
Necessary Migrations: the Acoustic and Somatosensory Transitions of Range
Kenneth Bozeman, voice teacher and author on acoustic vocal pedagogy, will briefly review the acoustic landscape that all singers, regardless of genre, inhabit. He will then detail the migrations of vowel, timbre, vibrotactile and acoustic sensation we experience across range. Knowing, anticipating, allowing, and even facilitating these necessary migrations significantly improves laryngeal register transitions across range.
Living and Singing in Our Bodies: Alexander Technique in the Voice Studio and Online Teaching
Sara Goldstein Gall, associate professor of voice and ATI Certified Alexander Technique teacher at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, will guide you through an experiential workshop awakening your senses to anatomical connections and balance within yourself using established principles of the Alexander Technique. You will learn how to apply these important concepts, and to create psychophysical conditions that allow growth and learning to occur in your studio, in person or remotely.
Anatomy and Physiology Overview
Tara Stadelman-Cohen, CCC-SLP, voice pathologist and singing health specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, will guide you through understanding anatomy and physiology as the foundation of technique across genres and how it serves to avoid faulty motor practice when singing. The four subsystems of voice and speech (respiration, phonation, resonance and articulation) will be outlined as related to singing function.
Breathing for Singing: One Way? No Way!
Tara Stadelman-Cohen, CCC-SLP, voice pathologist and singing health specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, will discuss “Is there a 'proper' or 'correct' way to breathe for singing?” Discussion and lecture will help with distinguishing respiratory facts from fiction, recognizance of the potential for an individual's variance, and acknowledgement of various genre requirements assisting effective breathing technique and subsequent singing artistry. A deep focus on respiratory anatomy and physiology, the ever-changing demands of breathing patterns when singing, will be addressed.
Teaching Musical Theater: Securing “Belt,” Mix, and Legit
Kevin Wilson, associate professor of voice and head of vocal pedagogy at Boston Conservatory, will discuss how to functionally train singers for the demands of a 21st-century Broadway career. Discussion will present standard and contemporary concepts around belt, mixing, and legit. He will discuss conceptual registration and demonstrate how to cultivate the voice as a whole to navigate the many demands of the musical theater singer to keep your students singing for a lifetime.
Cross-Training in the Musical Theater Voice Voice Studio
The vocal skill required for a successful career in musical theater today is worlds removed from what was expected 30 years ago. To be competitive and stay competitive, singers must have resilient, flexible voices capable of surviving eight shows a week. Mary Saunders-Barton, master teacher and pedagogue, will present on developing a healthy technique for the stamina paramount for the musical theater singer today. She will discuss how cross-training voices in classical and vernacular styles ensures a balanced instrument, adaptable to a multitude of styles.
Getting High: Exploring Belt and Falsetto Options in the Male Voice
Jared Trudeau, assistant professor at Boston Conservatory, will explore various approaches to developing a flexible approach to the middle and top of the male voice. He will describe a training agenda that addresses the myriad of vocal colors required of the singing actor in musical theater. He will provide various exercises for training the transitions between falsetto, belt, and legit so that students are comfortable in whatever styles are asked of them.
Teaching Tenors, Baritones, and Basses: Building a Foundation
Michael Hanley, assistant professor at Boston Conservatory, will explore common issues involved in the training of beginning male singers, including puberty and voice changes. He will demonstrate a training model that incorporates registration, speech exploration, and passaggio navigation, as well as the basics of call/belt sounds. Additional discussion will focus on how to use repertoire as a developmental tool to introduce students to these new sounds and skills.
Registration and Acoustic Perception
Ian Howell, director of vocal pedagogy at New England Conservatory, will discuss an exploration of the historical, physiological, aerodynamic, and perceptual models used to conceive of registers in singing. This class will cover common language used today to discuss the registration phenomenon.
The Musician’s Mind: The Third Pillar of Voice Science
Given that pedagogy is defined as “the method and practice of teaching,” it is ironic that what has been missing from science-informed voice pedagogy—until very recently—is both the delivery system and the receptacle for information: the human mind. To be successful, a teacher must understand how humans learn. This question—how do humans learn?—is the essential one of cognitive science. Lynn Helding, voice pedagogue and author of The Musician’s Mind, has proposed a paradigm in all music pedagogy, in response to the cognitive revolution: a shift in emphasis from how well teachers teach, to how well students learn. This course will introduce the most essential elements from cognitive science to assist teachers in leveraging what they know toward how to actually train their students.
Teaching Mezzos and Sopranos: Building a Foundation
Patty Thom, chair of voice at Boston Conservatory, will discuss the development of a secure foundation in the young female voice through the presentation of a set of curated exercises. These exercises are designed to guide a young singer in accessing and exploring resonance, ease, and connection through the range of the voice. Drawing on a number of sources, these exercises take the singer through her full range, addressing an array of both technical and psychological considerations with particular attention to that special relationship between a girl and her chest voice.
Registration and Payment Deadlines
Registration and Payment: July 1, 2020