(Photographed Above: Jeanie LoVetri and Dr. Elizabeth Ann Benson)
You are currently writing a book, what can you tell us about your upcoming release?
I have been interested in different vocal pedagogy methods ever since I started teaching. I started at an excellent community music school, and my students really wd at an excellent community music school, and my students really wanted musical theatre. I had three lovely degrees in classical singing, and had only really taught classical previously. Because I worked for a school, I had to teach any student that they put in front of me in the style that each student wanted to study. I learned very quickly that I didn’t know enough, and I set off on an adventure to figure out how to belt and how to provide solid technique for my students in any genre of music. It took some time, but I found my way. I have formally trained in three major methods. As I studied these three methods in detail, I began to see common threads among them, but also some significant areas in which they differed. I believe that a book that identifies these commonalities and differences among major methods would be really valuable to the voice teaching community. I have gathered a huge amount of data from exemplary teachers about what they are actually doing in the studio, particularly when it comes to CCM singing. Many of the CCM books that are available are vague about how people are teaching vocal technique. Moreover, there are many different approaches. I am interested in the nitty-gritty details, and I think other teachers are too. My hope is that it will be published sometime next year. [Read more…] about Spotlight on Somatic Voicework Teacher Dr. Elisabeth Ann Benson