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?
You are a very busy voice teacher in Long Island; can you tell us about your private studio and your work at LIU CW Post?
(photographed below: Amanda Chmela performing in The Marriage of Figaro)
I’ll start with my work at LIU C.W. Post, where I am employed as an adjunct professor of voice within the theatre department. Our voice faculty is completely separate from that of the music department, and I have the opportunity to work exclusively with actors and dancers.
My private studio is extremely rewarding, as I have the opportunity to teach students of all ages interested in a variety of musical styles with wide ranging musical and performance goals. Some of my students sing only for their own personal fulfillment, others participate in the local theatre scene, many are interested in majoring in music once they reach college, and I am lucky to work with a few emerging professional artists. Currently, my student population consists mostly of musical theatre performers, though I do work with a few singer/songwriters and CCM artists. [Read More…] about Spotlight on Amanda Chmela
Everyone in Australia is excited as Jeanie’s return there is just a few months away. In January, she will have the first-ever Australian Somatic Voicework™ Institute at University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, a couple of hours north of Brisbane. Quite a few participants from her trip there two years ago will be returning and bringing their friends. If you know anyone “Down Under” or in southeast Asia, be sure to share the news with them. You can learn more by clicking here.
Detailed news about the 2019 LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ in residence at Baldwin Wallace University’s Community Music School will be announced soon but in the meantime please save the dates. Level I begins on July 20, Level II on 23, and Level III on July 26. Past participants still get an incredible 50% discount for any level they are reviewing. Our confirmed guests are Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, who will be on faculty for Levels I and II and then have a three-day intensive to certify participants in Soul Ingredients®, her work with Gospel R&B and jazz styles. Sign up as soon as the registration opens (in 2019) so you won’t miss her dynamic course. We also have Dr. Claudio Milstein of the Cleveland Clinic’s Voice Institute returning to do his highly successful vocal health seminar. Again, register early, as it is sure to fill up quickly. Other guests will be announced soon! Registration for all three levels, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin’s course, and Dr. Claudio Milstein’s course will go live very soon.
The LoVetri Institute in residence at
The University of Southern Queensland
January 11th to 19th, 2019
January 11th to13th: Level I
January 14th to 16th: Level II
January 17th to 19th: Level III
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Heading into fall, Jeanie just visited the Washington, D.C. area. The teacher support weekend incorporated an open session on Friday night and welcomed auditors on Sunday afternoon. Those who are not familiar with Somatic Voicework™ were able to see Jeanie in action and speak directly with her.
We have also just wrapped up our two wonderful new webinars, Belting Explored and An Introduction to Somatic Voicework™. We are so grateful for the positive response to the courses. Please keep your eyes peeled for an announcement about our next wave of online courses being announced soon; if you’d like to be on the mailing list for early registration please click here. Belting Explored has participants from the USA as well as Sweden, Brazil and Canada. Participants have been sharing very favorable comments and are expanding their ears and minds on this sometimes confusing topic. The second webinar was our first online course that was open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Somatic Voicework™. This course will be offered again in the future, so if you are someone in that group or know another individual who is curious, please forward this email to them.
Many of Somatic Voicework™ teachers are back into the fall semester (in the USA and Canada) and using their vocal function tools with students in grade school right through graduate and doctoral students, in choirs and individually. Many are performing themselves in venues all over the world. If you are a Somatic Voicework™ teacher and you would like to let others know about you and/or your studio, please be in touch with our Newsletter Editor, Billy Gollner, here.
I am a massage therapist. I have created my own approach I call “Advanced Intuitive Massage.” I work with people to solve physical problems that stand in the way of their fullest functioning in life. These problems can appear as stress, pain, disease, loss of strength poor posture, and inability to do a desired activity. I listen to their description of the problem, I observe them, and I get some insight into how I will start to work to solve it. Once I start working, the process is like exploration, and I allow creativity to guide me to resolve the condition.
Whatever problem comes to me, I dedicate myself to finding a solution. I believe that solutions are available, no matter what the diagnosis. Progress toward the solution requires a mutual dedication to working together. Sometimes progress is quick; sometimes the progress develops over time. The first obstacle to overcome is the belief that no relief is possible or likely. Usually there is enough progress in our first session together to overcome that obstacle. [Read More…] about Advanced Intuitive Massage, by Peter Shor
Jeanie is very excited to announce two new online Somatic Voicework™ courses.
The two courses are:
Belting Explored (4-Week Course)
Please click here to register.
Course only open to graduates of at least level one
Cost: $200 USD
Dates: Sunday, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Times: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
An Introduction to Somatic Voicework™ (2-Week Course)
Please click here to register.
Course open to all
Cost: $100 USD
Dates: Sunday, September 23rd and 30th
Please note the updated time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST