It is not unusual to hear singing teachers say “if you can sing classically, you can sing anything”. This is simply not true. Classical singing, aimed at classical repertoire, develops many useful vocal capacities, but there are some very specific abilities that it does not develop and some abilities that it can absolutely interfere with developing that are necessary requisites in CCM styles. Looking at classical training as a “one size fits all” approach is unfortunate, as the commercial success of all CCM styles continues to grow, while the opposite can be said to be true of classical music of all kinds. Read More about Vocal Pedagogy for Today’s Music
What is Somatic Voicework?
Excitement continues to build for the second year of the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ at Baldwin Wallace University in July in Berea, Ohio. Participants are arriving from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Spain, the United Kingdom and all over the USA. Many people are also returning to review the course because the information is always presented in a new way, and new things arise as participants ask questions.
The LoVetri Institute in residence at
Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music
July 21 – 29, 2018
July 21 – 23: Level I
July 24 – 26: Level II
July 27 – 29: Level III
Where else can you find an organized and respected method for teaching singing backed up by Jeanie LoVetri’s 47 years of experience and by outside experts in multiple vocal disciplines for a very low price? The original Vocal Pedagogy Training for Contemporary Commercial Music, Somatic Voicework™, in its newly revised and expanded form, was a tremendous hit last summer. The course has garnered rave reviews from singing teachers since 2002. The interest in learning a codified, vetted method to address CCM styles has always been very strong and continues to grow. Many classical singing teachers find the functional approach to teaching greatly helpful to their own work and compatible with what they do. It isn’t necessary to “re-do” your own classical singing to learn how to effectively approach CCM styles. Jazz vocalists report that it helps them with pitch accuracy, freedom, phrasing and vocal stamina. Music theater singers find it explains in a simple manner how to switch styles and choral music educators are able to get their choirs to sing in a unified blend in just minutes.
For those who have completed all three Levels prior to 2018, our special guest is Dr. Claudio Milstein of the Cleveland Clinic, who will be presenting an Intensive on Vocal Health during Level III. The course is designed for singing teachers and is only for graduates of Somatic Voicework™ Level Three prior to 2018. (more details later in the newsletter)
Somatic (meaning “of the body”) experts Suzan Postel of Los Angeles and Peter Shor from West Virginia have dozens of years of expertise behind them and are recognized experts in their own right, will be offering valuable information about being in touch with our bodies in unique ways. Insight into our own posture, movement, sensation and coordination and the consequent heightened awareness it provides, is deeply rooted in Somatic Voicework™. Jeanie LoVetri is delighted to bring these two bodywork experts to the course.
The next DC/Baltimore Area
with Jeanie LoVetri
October 5-8, 2018
Jeanie is looking forward to her next teacher training weekend in October in the Baltimore/DC area. There will be an open session in early October in the Baltimore/DC area and a Teacher Training and Support Group weekend on October 5, 6, 7 and a day of private lessons on October 8. The open session will be on Friday evening, October 5, from 7:00 to 9:00. Those interested in attending should contact Jennifer Suess for further information.
Work continues on Jeanie’s upcoming book. Dr. Karen Hall, the Editor, is hard at work organizing the book that will be published by Compton Publishing in 2020. She is looking forward to seeing them again in January, 2019, when she returns to Australia to teach at her Institute in The University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba. The launching of our online teaching platform has been a great success. There will be more online courses offered in September, if you’d like to receive an email about early registration for the next round of online courses, click here.
We hope everyone is having a great summer and keeping cool!
“I have worked with Jeanie LoVetri and Somatic Voicework™ for twenty years and have found her method to be incredibly efficient and scientifically sound. I have been able to consciously work on technique while continuing to develop my artistry and my personal style. I credit Jeannie with the freedom I feel when I sing.”
Luciana Souza, Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter.
“As a working jazz singer, I have been hired to sing with a tap dancing troupe one week and the next week sing soprano in a jazz opera. The LoVetri Method of Somatic Voicework™ has been an invaluable resource in the functional development of my instrument and has helped me steadily increase the power, clarity and nuance of my voice. No jargon, just nuts bolts information on how the voice works. Get there and thank me later! “
Faculty, Manhattan School of Music
State Dept.Jazz Ambassador 2009 -2011
Downbeat Critics Poll Winner Rising Female Vocalist 2016
“I have studied with Jeanie LoVetri and taken Somatic Voicework™ courses and continuing education workshops for over ten years. As an artist, vocalist and educator, I can say without hesitation that her work has immeasurably changed my life, my singing, my teaching and my perspective on artistry. Jeanie and the work are incredible!”
Jazz Vocalist, Composer, Arranger, Lyricist
Professor of Voice, Berklee College of Music, Boston MA
“Studying Somatic Voicework™ with Jeanie LoVetri has changed my life as a singer and a singing teacher. At my first SVW™ workshop, I felt as though a window had been thrown open, and suddenly I could see my way to finding the “something” I’d long felt was missing. The depth and breadth of Jeanie’s knowledge are unassailable, and she passes that knowledge along with the utmost humanity. I have just one regret, which is that I didn’t start working with her sooner.”
Andrea Wolper, New York
Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter, Teacher
“As someone with background in classical (Juilliard, BM, MM) as well as Level III The Lovetri Method, Somatic Voicework, and a 20 year career as a jazz singer, I can attest to the great benefits of understanding the function based technique that Jeanie teaches for Contemporary Commercial Music. This technique has given me the tools to sing and teach authentically in the jazz world, and I would highly recommend making the investment of time and energy in SV if you’re serious about a career in jazz or any other form of CCM.”
“Jeanie LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™ has given me the tools to navigate between different styles and extended vocal techniques, and taught me how to teach with clarity and understanding of the human voice. Her approach is clear, concise, empathetic and invaluable for any jazz singer today. “
“Jeanie LoVetri’s groundbreaking training methods put the singer’s actual voice and what she or he wants to achieve front and center. Her sincere belief that you can make any sound you want in a healthy way is guided by over four decades of research and experience teaching singers of all styles. Ms. LoVetri welcomed me into the world of voice pedagogy and showed me how to develop my voice to realize my dreams as a singer. It has literally taken me around the world and introduced me to so many wonderful people, and I am forever grateful.
Blues, R&B, Jazz and Gospel singers beware, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin is joining Jeanie LoVetri this year at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio to teach you how to make a soulful sound with optimal flexibility and freedom in your voice. Dr. Robinson-Martin wrote the book, “So You Want to Sing Gospel,” and received her doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College for her thesis on Gospel Voice Pedagogy. She brings a lifetime of experience singing all styles of African American music including Blues, Jazz, Gospel and R&B and has emerged from the Academy with a unique combination of skills to support the demands of singing African American styles including scoops, hollers, gravely sounds, shouting and whispering.
Run, don’t walk, to the Lovetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ to study with Jeanie LoVetri and Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin and the other talented and generous faculty. You will be transformed.”
Composer, pianist, singer
Author of So You Want to Sing Blues
Co-founder of Jazz Power Initiative, a non-profit organization transforming lives through jazz arts education.
You just wrapped up a successful run of My Fair Lady at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.It must have been very exciting to play the role of Eliza Doolittle, what were some of the vocal challenges taking on such an iconic role?
Eliza Dolittle has been on my list of dream roles as long as I can remember! What soprano doesn’t want to sing those iconic songs and what actress doesn’t want to sink their teeth into such a meaty role! I have such vivid memories of watching Audrey Hepburn (and hearing Marni Nixon) as a young kid. These are songs that I have been singing my entire life! As an undergraduate music major, I even performed several scenes for my senior recital.
What I didn’t realize until I actually got my hands on the whole part was how difficult it is to blend a chesty, guttural dialect with such a soprano role! Eliza Dolittle has to navigate two different vocal worlds, the Cockney and the Received Pronunciation (RP) and then sing in them both! A cockney dialect can easily get very chesty if you aren’t careful and that isn’t a place where you can speak long and emotional scenes and then suddenly sing with a very head mix dominant sound. To be truthful, I was vocally exhausted after every rehearsal for the first several weeks.
Thank heavens for Jeanie, as with a single Skype lesson she was able to help me adjust my speech to be headier in the Cockney dialect so that it could easily lead into the singing. My voice was happy navigating through all those dialects and I was able to thrive through two show days and a case of acid reflux! Once again Jeanie saves the day!