Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Summer Sessions

2020 Registration is now available!

Session I, July 27-28, 2020

Fundamentals of Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Course

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Voice Lab Software and Instrumentation Intensive

Session II, July 28 - August 2, 2020

Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop: Theory and Application

Overview

"Advances in technology, understanding and pedagogic application of acoustic vocal pedagogy have surged over the last twenty years, though dissemination and application lag behind. This course represents an honest annual attempt to help us all stay current in our understanding of concepts both established and emerging and to enable us to incorporate the effective new strategies which these advances are yielding." - Ken Bozeman

Join us this summer for several sessions of thought-provoking presentations on vocal acoustics and perception, explorations of pedagogic applications and tutorials in technology for studio explorations. If you are a beginner looking to get your feet wet, an experienced teacher looking to better understand and incorporate the principles of voice acoustics and perception in your studio or a voice pedagogy teacher looking to expand and better utilize your school's technology, you will find a home here.

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 following questions:

  • What is actually happening?
  • What does it sound like? What does it feel like?
  • How can I make it happen for my student?

These courses offer time to process content, engage in follow up discussions with participants, observe or take lessons with the course instructors and receive private tutorials on VoceVista Pro, Madde and other programs, all in the heart of Boston.

Faculty

  • Kenneth Bozeman, author of Practical Vocal Acoustics and Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy, served as Professor of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin for 42 years. He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994 for his interest in voice science and pedagogy and is the chair of the editorial board of the NATS Journal of Singing. 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 is 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.
  • Yvonne Gonzales Redman is one of the faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In May and September of 2019, results of her pilot study on the work environment of voice instructors was presented at The Voice Foundation Conference and The International Congress on Acoustics; a  presentation, "The Office," has been accepted for the 2020 NATS National Conference. She has also presented on cross-over singing at the International Congress of Voice Teachers and Central Florida NATS in 2017 and on performance anxiety at the Florida Music Education and Texas Music Education Association in 2019. She enjoyed an 18-year career as a main stage soprano at the Metropolitan Opera with nearly 200 onstage performances as a principal soloist, including live radio and television broadcasts that are still regularly broadcast over Sirius XM radio. She also performed in many of the major opera houses and orchestras in the United States.
  • Dr. Nicholas Perna is Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at Mississippi College. He is a Presser Music Foundation awardee and currently a voice research associate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His primary research areas are Laryngeal Manipulation and Singing Voice Acoustics. Perna has presented research on three continents at notable events such as the International Congress of Voice Teachers, the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice and the NATS National Conference. Publications include articles in Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice and VOICEPrints. Perna was twice selected as a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist singer. Additional Operatic credits include Rodolfo, The Duke, Nemorino, Alfred and Tamino. Symphonic appearances include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Messiah and Carmina Burana. Along with Dr. Mandy Spivak, they created The Comprehensive Britten Song Database, an open source guide to Britten’s song output. Perna holds graduate degrees from the University of Miami & the University of Houston. He is the creator and co-host of the VocalFri podcast, your weekly dash of voice science, pedagogy and nerd pop culture.
  • Kayla GautereauxAssistant Vocal Pedagogy Director and Vocal Pedagogy Lab Manager at the New England Conservatory, lectures on vocal pedagogy and the acoustics of the singing voice and advises students through their voice-related research projects. Ms. Gautereaux’s research interests include exploring the detailed time and pressure domains within a pitch period, which led her to investigate a novel approach to the spectral analysis of the singing voice using wavelet decomposition. As a private voice teacher, Ms. Gautereaux specializes in teaching transgender students, partnering with professional choir directors and working with medical professionals to restore singers in rehabilitative voice care. Ms. Gautereaux serves as President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Boston Chapter.
  • Dr. Joshua Glasner is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Coastal Carolina University where he teaches voice lessons to students singing Musical Theatre, Western Classical and Commercial (CCM) styles.  Prior to coming to Coastal, he taught at New York University, Westminster Choir College’s Summer Voice Pedagogy Institute, the University of Delaware and the Borough of Manhattan Community College.  Singers in his private studio in NYC have performed in Equity and AGMA productions in the city and around the USA.  In addition to teaching voice, Dr. Glasner has presented his research on the singing voice nationally and internationally.  Most recently, he has presented at the Voice Foundation Symposium in Philadelphia and the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Sweden on topics ranging from historical recording technology and historical singing to spectral differences between contemporary and legit MT styles.    
 

Who Should Attend?

  • Voice Teachers of any age or level of student who aim to enhance their teaching with a better understanding of acoustic pedagogy
  • Instructors 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
  • Performers who want to understand and optimize the acoustic use of their instruments
  • Anyone who wants to learn to hear a voice with specificity, acquire language to describe the sounds, correlate the sounds with the physiological choices of the singer and guide acoustic results through affect and motivation.
 

Which Session is Right for Me?

Session I, July 27-28, 2020:

Fundamentals of Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Course | July 27-28, 2020

Faculty: Bozeman, Ballantyne, Redman, Perna, Gautereaux

This session is perfect for those new to the concepts of formants and harmonics, and for anyone interested in a refresher course before diving into issues of perception and practical application in the studio. The material to be covered is drawn from Kenneth Bozeman's book, Practical Vocal Acoustics, which participants are strongly encouraged to read prior to attending. 

Though we recommend continuing with the full Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop in order to explore and grasp studio applications more fully, this session may be taken as a stand-alone course. To figure out whether you would benefit from taking the Fundamentals of Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Course, please take this diagnostic, self-assessment test (also linked at the bottom of this page). In determining which courses to take, please consider that, while we seek to balance theory and application in the fundamentals course, we strongly recommend continuing with the main workshop in order to improve understanding for studio application.

Sample daily schedule

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Lectures and small group experiential learning

12:00 PM - 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 

tuition & registration

Tuition for Fundamentals Course only:

  • Early Bird (by April 1): $200
  • Regular (on or after April 1): $249

Register for Fundamentals

Tuition for Fundamentals Course and Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop:

  • Early Bird (by April 1): $745
  • Regular (on or after April 1): $834

Register for Fundamentals & Workshop Combo

Registration fee: $40

 

Voice Lab Software and Instrumentation Intensive | July 27-28, 2020

**Limited to 8 participants, register early**

Faculty: Glasner, Howell, Maass, Gautereaux

This course is recommended for participants who already possess a basic theoretical understanding of voice acoustics and who want to learn how to record and analyze voices with non-invasive equipment appropriate for use in a music school-based voice lab. We will immediately explore these concepts experientially through lab assignments. Our goal is to get participants working with professional equipment immediately. You will leave this session with a clear sense of purchasing priorities, an understanding of the strengths and shortcomings of equipment at various price points and a set of lab manuals to use in your classes.

Our main spectograph for the workshop is VoceVista Video Pro. You will have the chance to work with its author, Bodo Maass, and several other power users. Participants will become familiar with our airflow/pressure measurement system and electroglottograph, made by Glottal Enterprises, and our reference microphones and preamplifiers, made by Earthworks. 

Participants must bring a laptop computer with VoceVista Video or VoceVista Video Pro, Madde, Praat, and a spreadsheet program (Excel or similar) installed. Bodo Maass has agreed to extend a trial period of VoceVista for anyone registering for this workshop. Additional, free software may be required depending on the operating system. Assigned readings will be required prior to the workshop.

Topics covered to be drawn from:

  • Microphone selection, placement and calibration
  • USB audio interfaces and studio monitors (speakers) buying guide
  • Room acoustics and source filter theory (impulse responses and frequency responses)
  • Voice range profiles
  • Formant range profiles
  • Airflow and pressure derived measurements, including: inverse filtering, phonation threshold pressure, MFDR and Nasalance
  • Electroglottography 
  • Perception-based ear training using VoceVista Video Pro and Madde
  • Voice synthesis 

Sample daily schedule

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Lectures and small group experiential learning

12:00 PM - 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

Tuition & Registration

Tuition for the Voice Lab Intensive only:

  • Early Bird (by April 1): $249
  • Regular (on or after April 1): $299

Register for Lab

Tuition for the Voice Lab Intensive and the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop:

  • Early Bird (by April 1): $794
  • Regular (on or after April 1): $885

Register for Lab & Workshop Combo

Registration fee: $40

Session II, July 28 - August 2, 2020:

Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop: Theory and Application | July 28 - August 2, 2020

In Session II, the main Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop offers participants the chance to dig into vocal acoustics, perception, affect and motivation, practical application and special topics classes. Take this workshop either as a stand-alone course or as a thorough and practical exploration of the concepts introduced in Session I via the Fundamentals of Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Course or the Voice Lab Software and Instrumentation Intensive. Our schedule - a mix of plenary lectures, discussion groups, special topics breakout sessions, lessons and tutorials - allows participants to tailor the material to their level, goals and interests.

Breakout and plenary sessions

  • Introduction to Instructional and Research Technology in the NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Lab (Howell)
  • Demonstration of VoceVista Video Pro (Maass)
  • Training the Adolescent Voice (Ballantyne)
  • The Acoustic Pedagogy of CCM (Ballantyne)
  • The Use of Speech Sounds to Achieve Specific Acoustic Outcomes (Ballantyne)
  • Evolving Time/Pressure Domain Models of Acoustic Pedagogy (Howell and Gautereaux)
  • Hearing Health and the Voice Teacher (Redman)
  • Nasalance and Acoustic Navigation of the Tenor Passaggio (Perna)
  • An Exploration of the recently Published Book, Singing Through Change: Women's Voices in Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond (Joanne Bozeman)
  • Application of Motor Learning Theory in the Studio
  • Individual and Group Explorations/Lessons (Bozeman, Howell, Ballantyne)
  • Review and Discussion Sessions (Gautereaux, Perna, Redman)
  • Evening Concert (Participants)

sample daily schedule

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Lectures

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Lunch break

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM: 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

Tuition & Registration

Tuition for the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop only:

  • Early Bird (by April 1): $585
  • Regular (on or after April 1): $625

Register for Workshop

Tuition for both the Fundamentals Course and the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop:

  • Early Bird (by April 1): $745
  • Regular (on or after April 1): $834

Register for Fundamentals & Workshop Combo

Tuition for both the Lab Intensive and the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop:

  • Early Bird (by April 1): $794
  • Regular (on or after April 1): $885

Register for Lab & Workshop Combo

Registration fee: $40

 
Overall Program Details

Tuition & Registration

Early Bird Tuition (before April 1)

Fundamentals Course $200.00 

Lab Intensive $249.00

Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop $585.00

Fundamentals Course & Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop: $745.00

Lab Intensive & Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop $794.00

Full tuition (on or after April 1)

Fundamentals Course $249.00

Lab Intensive $300.00

Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop $625.00

Fundamentals Course & Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop: $834.00

Lab Intensive & Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop $885.00

registration

Registration fee $40.00

Register for Fundamentals

Register for Lab

Register for Workshop

Register for Fundamentals & Workshop Combo

Register for Lab & Workshop Combo

 

Housing

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

Rates for 2020:

Double Room – $85 per night
Single Room – $105 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.
 
Note: When registering for housing, please make sure to select the option with the correct check-in/out dates. 
 
 
 

Dining

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. The Green Room Cafe is the on-campus dining hall located on the first floor of the Student Life and Performance Center catered by Rebecca's Cafe.

Rebecca's Cafe offers fresh, locally-sourced food that meets a variety of dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, keto, etc. They are able to make special meals to accommodate nut, shellfish or other severe food allergies. Please notify Dining Services staff of your allergies in advance.

Meal Plan Options

  • Session I Meal Plan
  • Session II Meal Plan
  • Combo Meal Plan (for both Session I and Session II)
 

Advance Preparation

Participants will be encouraged to purchase and read the following material prior to attending the Lab Intensive, Fundamentals Course, and/or Workshop:

  • Bozeman, Kenneth. Practical Vocal Acoustics:  Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, Pendragon Press. 

Purchase Book

Purchase eBook

  • Bozeman, Kenneth Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency , Inside View Press.

Purchase Book

  • 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). 

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  • Howell, Ian.  “Parsing the Spectral Envelope: Toward a General Theory of Vocal Tone Color.” DMA thesis, New England Conservatory of Music, 2016. Retrieved from:​​​​​​​

View Article

 

Contact Us

Please contact us with questions.

Kenneth Bozeman

Ian Howell

Kayla Gautereaux

 
Diagnostic Self-Assessment Test

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