Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy

Workshop: July 29 - August 2, 2020
Bootcamp for Beginners: July 27-28, 2020

Join us for thought-provoking presentations on vocal acoustics and perception, master classes in pedagogic applications, and tutorials in technology for studio and research use. This year's offerings include a week-long program, or our two-day session for beginners!

Study with nationally and internationally recognized teachers, researchers, speakers, and authors in the fields of singing voice acoustics, perception, and pedagogy who work out practical applications of this material in the teaching studio while finding answers to the questions:

What is actually happening?

What does it sound like? What does it feel like?

How can I make it happen for my student?

The course offers ample time to process content, engage in follow up discussions with participants, and observe or take lessons with the course instructors—all in the heart of Boston.

Who should attend?

  • voice teachers of any age or level of student
  • teachers of college level voice pedagogy classes, especially those interested in expanding their offerings in vocal acoustics, psychoacoustics and perception, and voice lab technology
  • voice students (18+) who are performance or voice pedagogy majors; 
  • choral conductors who incorporate voice training in their rehearsals;  
  • voice therapists specializing in the rehabilitation of singers

July 27-28, 2020 | Bootcamp for Beginners: The Basics of Voice Acoustics

This pre-workshop session is perfect for both those new to the concepts of vocal tract formants and voice harmonics, and for anyone interested in a refresher course before diving into issues of practical application.

Those new to the material, or those not yet able to quickly remember the order of harmonics or pitch equivalents to the frequencies of the formants for most vowels will greatly benefit from taking the basic course first.

This session may be taken as a stand-alone course or be followed by the full Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop. To figure out whether you would benefit from taking Bootcamp for Beginners, please take this diagnostic test (also linked at the bottom of this page).

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00 am-12 pm: Lectures and small group experiential learning
12 noon-1:15 pm: Lunch break
1:15 pm-4:15 pm: Lectures and small group experiential learning

4:15 pm-4:30 pm: Break
4:30 pm-5:00 pm: Examination
5:00 pm-5:45 pm: Discussion and reflection
5:45 pm-evening: Dinner, free time, and lessons with faculty

Important schedule details:

A detailed schedule of The Basics of Voice Acoustics: A Bootcamp for Beginners will be available at a later date.

Tuition & Registration

Tuition if registering for the Bootcamp only:  TBD
Registration:  $20
Early bird (by April 1):  TBD

Tuition if registering for both (Bootcamp and Workshop):  TBD
Registration:  $40
Early bird (by April 1):  TBD

Registration is not yet available.

 

July 29 - August 2, 2020 | Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop: Affect, Perception, and Application

Join us for a week of thought-provoking presentations on vocal acoustics and perception, master classes in pedagogic applications, and tutorials in technology for studio and research use.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00 am-12 pm: Lectures

12 noon-1:15 pm: Lunch break

1:15 pm-2:15pm: Masterclasses with Faculty
2:15 pm-5:30 pm: Breakout sessions
5:30 pm-6:00 pm: Panel discussion Q & A
6:00 pm-evening: Dinner, free time, and lessons with faculty 

Breakout sessions

  • Tutorials in instructional and research technology in the NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Lab (Howell)
  • Introductory voice acoustics labs for use in a voice pedagogy curriculum (Howell)
  • Use and new features of Voce Vista Video Pro (Maass/Howell)
  • Training the adolescent voice (Ballantyne)
  • The acoustic pedagogy of CCM (Ballantyne)
  • The use of speech sounds to achieve specific acoustic outcomes (Ballantyne)
  • Application of motor learning theory in the studio (faculty)
  • Ongoing tutorial review and discussion (faculty)
  • Individual and group explorations/lessons (all faculty)

Evening concert (participants)

Important schedule details:

The schedule for The Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop: Affect, Perception, and Application will be available at a later date.

Tuition & Registration

Tuition if registering for the Workshop only:  TBD
Registration:  $40
Early bird (by April 1):  TBD

Tuition if registering for both (Bootcamp and Workshop):  TBD
Registration:  $40
Early bird (by April 1):  TBD

Registration is not yet available. 

 

Faculty

  • Kenneth Bozeman is a professor of music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His work explores the acoustic landscape that all voices inhabit. He describes the inherent relationships of its components and seeks ways to motivate efficient singing while respecting both acoustic reality and effective historic pedagogy. 
  • Ian Howell is a member of the voice faculty and the vocal pedagogy director at the New England Conservatory. His work explores the psychoacoustics of the singing voice. He believes that by asking how the hearing brain processes sound and reliably introduces perceptual qualities, we can come to understand what sounds the human voice can possibly make. This allows us to better notice, label, and anticipate these properties in the teaching studio.
  • Chadley Ballantyne is an assistant professor of music, voice at Stetson University. His work explores the application of voice acoustics across singing styles, voice pedagogy for adolescent singers, somatosensory awareness, and the use of speech sounds to leverage desired acoustic outcomes in singing. He believes that a deeper understanding of how we acquire and execute speech motor skills can demystify many of the challenges of singing and voice pedagogy.
  • Bodo Maass, founder and main developer of Sygyt software, will offer sessions for those interested in exploring the latest features of Voce Vista Video Pro.
 

Housing

Affordable on-campus housing is available at New England Conservatory’s new Student Life and Performance Center.  View sample room layouts

Rates for 2019:

Double Room – $80 per night
Single Room – $100 per night
 
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. Linens and towels are provided.
 
For any questions, please contact the Director of Residence Life and Housing Steven Sweat
 
The deadline to register for Housing is May 15th.
 
Housing Registration is not yet available.
 

Meal Plans

NEC offers three different meal plan options for Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy, all of which will be served in the Dining Hall of the Student Life and Performance Center. Each meal plan is $39 per day.

Meal Plan Options:

  • Bootcamp for Beginners Meal Plan 
  • Vocal Pedagogy Workshop Meal Plan
  • Vocal Pedagogy Combo Meal Plan (for both the Bootcamp and Workshop)

Meal Plan Registration is not yet available. 

 

Materials

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). https://www.academia.edu/32786831.
  • Howell, Ian.  “Parsing the Spectral Envelope: Toward a General Theory of Vocal Tone Color.” DMA thesis, New England Conservatory of Music, 2016. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/29162454.


Available for online purchase at:
PVA:   https://boydellandbrewer.com/practical-vocal-acoustics.html
KVP:   http://voxped.com/KVP.html

 

Questions?

Please contact us!

Kenneth Bozeman, kenneth.w.bozeman@lawrence.edu
Ian Howell, ian.howell@necmusic.edu

 
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