Training is based primarily on the world-renowned Bel Canto “Beautiful Singing” technique that dates back to 17th century Italian opera and sacred music masters. It has become the leader in classically-based scientific as well as aural teaching methodology and is used in almost all major universities and training programs around the world. Training focuses on aspects of posture, breathing, phonation, support, registration, resonance, articulation, and artistry to balance the instrument and artist from both physical and intuitive approaches. Exercises in each lesson seek to develop the breathing apparatus, the vocal instrument itself, the resonance chambers in the head and neck, the muscles of the throat and mouth, and the artistic sensibilities of the student to provide for a free, flexible, and healthy vocal production that can be carried into multiple styles and genres of song.
Training is also derived from Somatic Voicework™ – The LoVetri Method, one of the forefront methodologies in providing sound vocal technique for all methods of contemporary commercial music such as pop, rock, Broadway, R&B, country, etc. especially in reference to “belt” technique. The LoVetri Method is also based on the Bel Canto classical teaching methodology and is endorsed by Shenandoah University’s CCM Vocal Institute, one of the best new training facilities in the nation with its contemporary research and voice technology focuses. More information can be found at www.somaticvoicework.com.
Lessons are structured in 30, 45, or 60-minute allotments and are comprised of exercises that increase vocal facility and technique which lead to repertoire work in the second half of each lesson that utilizes the technique in a specific setting. Lessons also often include work on musicianship skills such as sight-reading, rhythmic analysis, understanding of musical structure, and collaborative analysis of musical style and content. Students learn how to maximize use of different vocal colors, dynamics, and tone qualities to provide for a range of classical and contemporary musical selections. Students are invited to be part of the repertoire selection process with the teacher so that students find their musical work rewarding as they seek to develop wide-ranging skill sets. Students are also encouraged to partake in multiple voice projects each year which include live studio performances as well as recording projects to help share their successes with family and friends. Students are also encouraged to partake in community offerings such as choirs, musicals, and auditions for local shows, camps, and events, which expose them to new and exciting challenges for their voices.