Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop | Boston

Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop

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Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy
Thursday, June 14 – Tuesday, June 19, 2018
New England Conservatory
Boston, Massachusetts
Kenneth Bozeman, Lawrence University
Dr. Ian Howell, New England Conservatory
Dr. Chadley Ballantyne, Northern Colorado University


This five-day seminar provides an opportunity to attend engaging, thought-provoking presentations on vocal acoustics and psychoacoustics, master classes in its pedagogic application, and tutorials in technology for studio and research use, while giving you ample remaining time to process course content, engage in follow up discussion with participants, and observe or take lessons with the course instructors.

This seminar is intended as continuing education for
• voice teachers of high school, college, or adult students, college voice majors,
• teachers of college level voice pedagogy classes, especially those interested in expanding their offerings in vocal acoustics, psychoacoustics, and voice lab technology
• voice students who are performance or voice pedagogy majors;
• choral conductors who incorporate vocal training in their rehearsals;
• voice therapists specializing in the rehabilitation of singers.

Daily Schedule in Brief

9:00 am-12 noon: Lectures

12 noon-1:15 pm: Lunch break

1:15 pm-2:15 pm: Masterclass with Kenneth Bozeman

2:15 pm-5:45 pm: Breakout sessions

5:45 pm-evening: Dinner and free time

Daily Schedule in Detail

Morning Sessions

Mornings will include an overview of acoustic voice pedagogy and the special psychoacoustics of the singing voice—how understanding the acoustics of voice production can dramatically improve teaching efficiency, and how we can best train our ears to perceive these qualities. This material is drawn from Bozeman’s books, Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, Pendragon Press, and Kinesthetic Vocal Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, InsideView Press (January 2017), and also from Howell’s recent articles and dissertation (see materials below for more details). Bozeman and Howell will introduce basic elements of singing pedagogy (alignment, breathing, onset, vocal registration) as they relate to acoustic output, but will focus on the acoustic landscape singers inhabit, the differing acoustic circumstances facing treble and non-treble voices, the challenges of treble and non-treble passaggi (transition) into the upper voice, and effective strategies for meeting those challenges.

Afternoons and Evenings

After a lunch break, demonstration will continue with an hour long master class that explores practical application of the pedagogic concepts presented in the earlier sessions. The rest of the afternoon will include:
• tutorials in instructional and research technology in the NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Lab (Howell)
• tutorial review, discussion, and processing the course information (Ballantyne)
• individual and group explorations/lessons (Bozeman)
• evenings open for informal music making


Kenneth Bozeman is a professor of music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. For a full bio and more information, please visit:

Ian Howell is a member of the voice faculty and the vocal pedagogy director at the New England Conservatory of Music. For a full bio and more information, please visit:

Chadley Ballantyne is a senior instructor of voice at Northern Colorado University. For a full bio and more information, please visit:


Participants will be encouraged to purchase ahead and begin reading:

• Bozeman, Kenneth. Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, Pendragon Press.
• Bozeman, Kenneth Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency , Inside View Press.
• Howell, Ian. “Necessary roughness in the voice pedagogy classroom: The special psychoacoustics of the singing voice.” VoicePrints: Journal of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association (May-June, 2017).
• Howell, Ian. “Parsing the Spectral Envelope: Toward a General Theory of Vocal Tone Color.” DMA thesis, New England Conservatory of Music, 2016. Retrieved from

Available for online purchase at:


About the seminar:
Kenneth Bozeman, [email protected]
Ian Howell, [email protected]


Thursday, June 14th 2018 06:00pm


New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave
02115 Boston

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