Combining the pedagogical techniques of classical, musical theater, and contemporary voice with scientific analysis of vocal anatomy, Boston Conservatory at Berklee's vocal pedagogy graduate program is the only comprehensive voice pedagogy program in the country for singers and teachers who want to diagnose vocal issues and offer healthy practice and performance solutions.
The program features small class sizes and the same rigorous training as the conservatory's Master of Music in Voice Performance program, with the addition of pedagogy-specific coursework in anatomy, physiology, history, and comparative pedagogy. In addition, the conservatory's unique relationship with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Voice Center gives vocal pedagogy students direct access to the latest advances in vocal research, rehabilitation, and technology, as well as the opportunity to interact with the doctors and speech-language pathologists who are leading the field.
Throughout the program, students explore a range of vocal teaching techniques, gain a deeper understanding of appropriate studio repertoire for their teaching libraries, learn about voice rehabilitation, and explore the relationship between voice teachers and voice therapists.
What It Takes to Succeed
Vocal pedagogy students are singers who are committed to helping others develop their vocal talents and abilities with healthy vocal practices and techniques. They are inquisitive thinkers who are eager to understand the anatomical functions of the human voice in various musical styles and genres. They want to develop a language to communicate vocal and pedagogical ideas effectively with their voice students and colleagues.
This program features a four-semester sequence of courses in vocal pedagogy topics, such as History of Vocal Pedagogy and Comparative Pedagogy. The course repertoire for the teaching studio addresses repertoire as it pertains to specific vocal problems, pedagogical goals, and individual vocal development.
Throughout the program, students receive weekly private lessons with a member of the conservatory's esteemed voice faculty. Because stylistic versatility is a key component of the training, pedagogy students are exposed to both classical and musical theater repertoire through repertoire and diction courses, as well as through required attendance at the many vocal studio and solo recitals presented at the conservatory.
In the final year of the program, students complete a capstone project that includes a teaching practicum, a personal teaching philosophy and curriculum vitae, and a lecture recital. This final lecture recital is on a topic determined by the student, his or her applied instructor, and the director of vocal pedagogy.
Graduates of our vocal pedagogy program have brought their expertise to numerous music programs through a wide range of fellowships and faculty appointments.
- Boston City Singers
- Children's Opera, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
- United States Army Field Band
- Brown University
- Dean College
- Franco-American Vocal Academy
- Franklin School of the Performing Arts
- Metropolitan Opera Guild
- Newark Boys Chorus School
- Northeastern University
- Riverside Theater Works
- South Shore Conservatory
- Wellesley School District