Pedagogy (Voice)

From the Voice Pedagogy Staff

Welcome to the Voice Pedagogy Program at Shenandoah Conservatory! We are a thriving community of researchers, students and faculty who are committed to pedagogy that merges scientific research with intuitive knowledge. Shenandoah Conservatory is one of only six institutions with a DMA degree in voice pedagogy, and currently offers the only MM in contemporary commercial voice pedagogy.

Faculty Highlights

Matthew Edwards, David Meyer and Kathryn Green represented Shenandoah Conservatory’s graduate program and the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute April 24-26 by presenting, “CCM Voice Pedagogy and the Singing Voice Specialist” at the Specialty Training in Vocal Health Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah hosted by the National Center for Voice and Speech.

Jeannette LoVetri, Artist-in-Residence and master clinician for our CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute conducted several workshops across the United States this fall. She collaborated with Leda Scearce, Singing Voice Specialist at Duke University in North Carolina. She also held workshops in Level I training for Somatic Voicework at the University of Michigan and University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Two of her research projects will be presented at the Care of the Professional Voice Symposium-Voice Foundation in May and she will be part of the Keynote Panel at PEVOC (Pan-European Voice Conference) in Prague, the Czech Republic in August.

Assistant Professor Matthew Edwards, pop/rock voice specialist, has been selected by Andrew Angus Management as vocal consultant for artist Giorgio Fareira. Edwards recently worked with Fareira in NYC on his first solo recording project, which is being sponsored by Sonic and produced by Grammy winner Rob Fraboni (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Ethridge, Eric Clapton). Edwards will continue to work with Fareira in preparation for the vigorous vocal demands of touring to support the album. Contact email: medwards09@su.edu

Associate Professor David Meyer, Director of Voice Pedagogy Research, recently presented new acoustic research on vibrato on “Uniting the Actor and the Singer” at the 41st annual “Care of the Professional Voice” symposium in Philadelphia. Dr. Meyer plans to present an analysis of current collegiate voice pedagogy at the 8th International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT 2013) in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Contact email: dmeyer2@su.edu

Professor Kathryn Green, Director of Voice Pedagogy Graduate Programs, presented research at the 41st annual “Care of the Professional Voice” symposium in Philadelphia on the shifting expectations for university voice faculty positions and will be presenting further research on the job market for emerging musical theatre students at the 42nd Voice Foundation Symposium in May. As director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, she celebrated its 10th year anniversary this past summer. She has been invited as a master clinician to the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in March 2013. Contact Email: kgreen@su.edu

In 2010, Dr. Philip Sargent, Professor of Voice, accompanied three vocal pedagogy DMA students to a voice science workshop at the summer home of Dr. Johan Sundberg near Malmköping, Sweden. Preparation for the trip included Saturday morning ‘book club’ meetings throughout the summer to study Dr. Sundberg’s text on voice science. The workshop faculty, led by Sundberg, included leading voice researchers and pedagogs from Sweden, Portugal and Germany, as well as a master class by Håkan Hagegård. Two of the students described the experience as ‘life changing’ and one remained in Stockholm to attend the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing (PAS 5) Conference the following week.

Adjunct Associate Professor Edrie Means Weekly, Co-Founder of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, is an active professional singer (Classical/Musical Theatre) returning to the Kennedy Center this May in My Fair Lady starring Jonathan Pryce and Cloris Leachman. A recognized expert in vocal styles she has given several workshops in the fall and spring. She will be a Master Teacher for the 2013 NATS Intern Program. Her research A Preliminary Study of Absolute Vocal Range in Singers was presented at the 6th International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing in Las Vegas. She will give a workshop on Bringing the Song to Life: It’s a Matter of Style at the 42nd Voice Foundation Symposium in May. Her sub-chapter “Making The Song Authentic: It’s a Matter of Style” will be published with Springer Publishing in a vocal pedagogy of the 21st century volume to be launched at the International Congress of Voice Teachers 2013. Contact Email: eweekly@su.edu

CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

The CCM Voice Pedagogy Institute provides 21st century vocal training for teachers of singing. In an intensive workshop environment, teachers gain the pedagogical skills essential to teach wide ranging vocal styles such as musical theatre, pop, jazz, rock and blues. Jeannette LoVetri, Artist in Residence and Creator of Somatic Voicework™ is the master clinician and leads a team of dynamic, vibrant, and expert faculty throughout the Institute.

Each summer more than 100 teachers, performers, and speech therapists from around the world come to our campus to learn the pedagogy of musical theater, pop, rock, jazz, and country music singing at the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute. Our students are in contact with Grammy Award winners, Broadway coaches, Broadway stars, jazz artists, and potential employers from around the world. We train our students and help them build connections for landing their first jobs.
The CCM Voice Pedagogy Institute was established to meet the demand for training that is grounded in voice science, voice medicine, and tested methods of CCM pedagogy. Shenandoah is proud to be the first institution that includes CCM voice pedagogy coursework for academic credit at the graduate level.

Janette E. Ogg Voice Research Center

The Janette E. Ogg Voice Research Center’s multidisciplinary design has earned international recognition. Many of our students and faculty have published in the Journal of Voice and the Journal of Singing, books produced by Nova Science Publishers, and other print media. They have presented research at international conferences such as the Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, the Pan-European Vocology Conference, Pacific Voice & Speech Foundation, the UCSF Voice Conference, and Johan Sundberg’s Function of the Singing Voice in Sweden. Our research interests are diverse, but our goal is to generate knowledge that is immediately applicable to studio voice instruction.

The Janette Ogg Voice Research Center serves as a central hub for Vocal Pedagogy students and houses the following resources:

  • VoceVistaPro with glottal enterprises PC-2 EGG – we also have a modified version of VoceVista that allows longer LTAS measurements, and a portable EGG with boom microphone, headphones, and a USB computer connection.
  • glottal enterprises Aeroview software, Rothenberg dual chamber CV mask and a custom-built NEH handle with dual microphones and dual pressure sensors. We also have on loan an MS-110 data interface with the associated transducers and mask and a NEH 2.5 handle.
  • Multispeech 3700 from KayPentax
  • Madde and Apex from KTH (Decap, RTSect, and Director Musices are also available)
  • Praat
  • Dr. Speech Real Analysis
  • Speechstation 2 from Sensimetrics
  • Student versions of Waveview, Aeroview, and Nasality, with training exercises from glottal enterprises.

Should a student’s research needs include software or equipment we do not have, it may be possible to increase our holdings. We are currently seeking funding for additional equipment from KayPentax. We do not have any equipment for videostroboscopy, but some of our students have worked with an ENT in the area, Dr. Kim Chang. The university also has a respiratory therapy program; a joint venture with them might also be a possibility.

For further information about the Janette Ogg Voice Research Center, our curriculum, and our faculty, please feel free to contact us at the email addresses listed under Faculty Highlights. We hope you will consider joining our distinguished program.

Faculty

David Meyer

Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy
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Kathryn Green

Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy
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Matthew Edwards

Assistant Professor of Voice
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The Shaffer-Barbera-Ironmonger family tradition began at Shenandoah approximately 90 years ago. The importance of this tradition is best summarized by Percy Ironmonger ’64, who said, “Shenandoah shaped our lives.” For four generations, Percy and Rita Barbera ’64 Ironmonger’s family have attended… Read More

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Shenandoah University’s Global Citizenship Project (GCP) was conceived 10 years ago when the estate of Dr. Nancy Larrick Crosby, a former trustee and friend of the university, made a generous contribution to Shenandoah to use to further its mission in a meaningful… Read More