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Pedagogic Applications
For Teachers and Singers

Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy

June 14–19, 2018

This five-day seminar provides an opportunity to attend engaging, thought-provoking presentations on vocal acoustics and psychoacoustics, master classes in its pedagogic application, and tutorials in technology for studio and research use, while giving you ample remaining time to process course content, engage in follow up discussion with participants, and observe or take lessons with the course instructors.

This seminar is intended as continuing education for

  • voice teachers of high school, college, or adult students, college voice majors,
  • teachers of college level voice pedagogy classes, especially those interested in expanding their offerings in vocal acoustics, psychoacoustics, and voice lab technology
  • voice students who areperformance or voice pedagogy majors;
  • choral conductors who incorporate vocal training in their rehearsals; 
  • voice therapists specializing in the rehabilitation of singers.

We are pleased to be able to offer housing in our new Student Life and Performance Center.  More information will be posted here soon.

Daily Schedule in Brief

9:00 am-12 noon: Lectures

12 noon-1:15 pm: Lunch break

1:15 pm-2:15 pm: Masterclass with Kenneth Bozeman

2:15 pm-5:45 pm: Breakout sessions

5:45 pm-evening: Dinner and free time

Daily Schedule in Detail

Morning Sessions
Mornings will include anoverview of acoustic voice pedagogy and the special psychoacoustics of the singing voice—how understanding the acoustics of voice production can dramatically improve teaching efficiency, and how we can best train our ears to perceive these qualities. This material is drawn from Bozeman’s books, Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers,Pendragon Press, and Kinesthetic Vocal Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, InsideView Press (January 2017), and also from Howell’s recent articles and dissertation (see materials below for more details). Bozeman and Howell will introduce basic elements of singing pedagogy (alignment, breathing, onset, vocal registration) as they relate to acoustic output, but will focus on the acoustic landscape singers inhabit, the differing acoustic circumstances facing treble and non-treble voices, the challenges of treble and non-treble passaggi (transition) into the upper voice, and effective strategies for meeting those challenges.

Afternoons and Evenings
After a lunch break, demonstration will continue with an hour long master class that explores practical application of the pedagogic concepts presented in the earlier sessions.  The rest of the afternoon will include:

  • tutorials in instructional and research technology in the NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Lab (Howell)
  • tutorial review, discussion, and processing the course information (Ballantyne)
  • individual and group explorations/lessons (Bozeman)
  • evenings open for informal music making


Kenneth Bozeman is a professor of music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. More about Kenneth Bozeman

Ian Howell is a member of the voice faculty and the vocal pedagogy director at the New England Conservatory. More about Ian Howell

Chadley Ballantyne is a senior instructor of voice at Northern Colorado University. More about Chadley Ballantyne


Participants will be encouraged to purchase ahead and begin reading:

  • Bozeman, Kenneth. Practical Vocal Acoustics:  Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, Pendragon Press.
  • Bozeman, Kenneth Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency , Inside View Press.
  • Howell, Ian. “Necessary roughness in the voice pedagogy classroom: The special psychoacoustics of the singing voice.” VoicePrints: Journal of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association (May-June, 2017).
  • Howell, Ian.  “Parsing the Spectral Envelope: Toward a General Theory of Vocal Tone Color.” DMA thesis, New England Conservatory of Music, 2016. Retrieved from

Available for online purchase at:

About the seminar:

Kenneth Bozeman,
Ian Howell,

Tuition & Registration

We welcome ages 18 and over.

Tuition: $565 + $40 Registration Fee (Register by March 1st and the registration fee will be waived!)

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Starting this year, we are happy to offer an affordable on-campus housing option at New England Conservatory’s brand new Residence Hall! You can learn more about it and view sample room layouts on NEC’s website.

Rates for 2018:

Double Room – $350
Single Room – $400
One extra day is available on either end of the program dates to allow for travel. The bathrooms are communal, but gender-specific.Some floors of the Residence Hall are co-ed, while some are single-gender. For any questions, please contact Grace AllendorfThe deadline to register for Housing is May 15th.
Linen rentals are available for those staying on campus. The cost is $30 for the duration of your stay, and includes a pillow, pillowcase, sheets, thermal blanket, 2 towels and 1 washcloth.

Required form for summer housing.

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