PODCAST: Christy Turnbow and Michael Hanley Talk Cross-Training in Vocal Pedagogy

April 05, 2018 Lesley O'Connell

Versatility is key for vocalists, and training across styles—from classical to pop to hip-hop—helps students prepare for a wide spectrum of career opportunities. Christy Turnbow and Michael Hanley, assistant professors of voice at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, embrace this integrated approach in vocal pedagogy.

"It makes them more marketable. It makes them able to book more jobs. You can do Spring Awakening one run and come back and audition and do Oklahoma!, and you're fit and ready to go for all those different jobs," said Turnbow.

In this episode of Sounds of Berklee, Turnbow and Hanley talk about the importance of vocal health, what it takes to teach across styles, and why cross-training in vocal pedagogy is important for students entering the field.


Produced by Lesley O'Connell
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