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?
Week One: Working with Children & Teens
Week Two: Retraining Voices with Diagnosed Vocal Pathology
Week Three: Working with Singers Who Sing Professionally in Multiple Styles (Variation of Function Depending on Style)
Week Four: Working with Professional Belters
Dates: Monday June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST [Read More…] about Announcing a New Somatic Voicework™ Online Courses with Jeanie LoVetri:Special Topics in Somatic Voicework™
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Australia’s LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ was a happy success. The three faculty members, Dr. Melissa Forbes, of the University of Southern Queensland’s McGregor School of Music, who brought Jeanie to Toowoomba, Australia; Heather Keens, vocalist, teacher, and researcher from Sydney; and Brenda Earle Stokes of New York did a terrific job assisting Jeanie. New participants with diverse backgrounds joined 10 reviewers to dive deep into Somatic Voicework™. We had wonderful guest lecturers in vocal hygiene and medical information who gave interesting and helpful lectures. We also had terrific master classes by Heather and Brenda who helped participants discover the best in their singing and songs. The 9 days flew by and at the conclusion a new crop of Somatic Voicework™ graduates went back into their own work in parts of Australia.
While visiting Melbourne Jeanie and Jerry encountered extreme heat (106 degrees) and on the next day 111 but dropping down to 72 at the end of that day. When they arrived in LA for layover it was 62 and the day after they got back to NYC it was 2 degrees with windchill in the minus numbers. An amazing 48 hours indeed!
After getting over jet-lag she was back at work teaching and working on more travel plans. The trip to Israel has been rescheduled until 2020 so there is more time to organize and plan. The trip to Texas has been postponed until the fall, so Jeanie is free to stay put for a while and catch up on activities in New York City. She will be going to Boston from April 12th to 15th. Locations and details will be announced in the March newsletter.
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As a seasoned performer, having worked professionally in Musical Theatre in New York City, on national tours, internationally, etc., what do you think the important keys to success emerging artists must consider before embarking on a career?
(Photographed Below: Michelle Rosen in The Phantom of the Opera)
If you listen to musical theatre singers of the past, they had very unique and recognizable voices. They may not have had technically perfect instruments or in some cases any vocal training, but they could inhabit a song, some quite beautifully. I worry about the graduates of all the hundreds of musical theatre programs across the country now. They may sing well, but in this highly competitive market, what is individual and special about them that will make them stand out? They are all beginning to sound the same – are we training the individuality right out of them?
The other thing MT performers need to know is: acting first. Unless you are an astonishing dancer or a good dancer who’s content to stay in the ensemble, what performers on Broadway have always been and continue to be are actors first and foremost. If you’re being sent in for an agent submission or going to an Equity call, they just ASSUME you can sing (and you’d better be able to!), but they are looking beyond that for strong acting and personalization of the work you bring in. [Read More…] about Spotlight on Michelle Rosen
You recently took a sabbatical from your private teaching studio. What can you tell us about that experience and where it has led you?
I love teaching singing, but if I’m being honest, doing it for 15 years independently and then for the last six, building it as a business had taken its toll.
In June of 2018 I stopped teaching privately with the intention of returning back to my work in September.
What followed were some of the most uncertain and exciting months of my adult life. At first I felt quite lost with the time I had suddenly acquired, but after a while I was able to establish new creative habits around singing and music making. In addition, I traveled, studied, caught up with friends and just generally rested. [Read More…] about Spotlight on David Youngs
Jeanie has completed being in Toowoomba, Australia where she just finished teaching the first-ever LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ at the University of Southern Queensland. She was so grateful to have been joined by Brenda Earle Stokes as her faculty and assisted by Dr. Melissa Forbes, and Heather Keens, some of our esteemed Australian Somatic Voicework™ alumni, who all did a terrific job! Thirty participants, some of them reviewers, gathered to be apart of the first international LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™. Jeanie is so grateful to all the participants for making the event such a huge success. We received some truly wonderful press, please click here to check out a wonderful feature from 7 News Toowoomba. [Read More…] about Greetings from Oz!