Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy
Sunday, July 16– Friday, July 21, 2017
Björklunden - Lawrence University
Baileys Harbor, WI
This special Bjorklunden seminar is intended for:
Voice teachers of high school, college, or adult students, and college voice majors. Voice students, who are graduate performance or vocal pedagogy majors. Choral conductors who incorporate vocal training in their rehearsals. Voice therapists, specializing in the rehabilitation of singers.s food, peaceful walks in the woods, and camaraderie, along with piano talk! A percentage of available slots will be reserved for Lawrence University alumni until January 30, 2016 - at which point they will be released to the general public. Both alumni and others should apply early to be sure of inclusion!
This seminar provides an opportunity for participants to spend five days attending engaging and thought-provoking presentations and master classes in application, while giving you ample remaining time to process course content, engage in discussion, and/or lessons with the course instructors, Kenneth Bozeman, professor of music at Lawrence University and Ian Howell, head of vocal pedagogy at New England Conservatory.
The seminar will begin with a survey of acoustic voice pedagogy—how understand the acoustics of voice production can dramatically improve teaching efficiency—as presented in Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers. There will be special emphasis on applications for both studio and choral settings as elaborated in Bozeman’s second book, Kinesthetic Vocal Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency. Bozeman and Ian Howell, head of vocal pedagogy and a member of the voice faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, 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 signers inhabit, the differing acoustic circumstances facing male and female (or treble) voices, the challenges of male and female passaggi (transition) into the upper voice, and effective strategies for meeting those challenges. Dr. Howell will present cutting edge information on the emerging theory of vowel perception and the special psychoacoustics of the singing voice, and also give tutorials on studio technology. The morning will end with a master class that will explore practical application of the pedagogic concepts presented in the earlier session.