Jeannette LoVetri, Director

University Training Programs for Teachers

University Programs

Why Are These Programs Necessary ­ A History and Background

Research undertaken by Jeannette LoVetri and Edrie Means Weekly of Shenandoah Conservatory, which was published in the noted scientific Journal of Voice (Vol 12, No 2, 2003), has shown that 34% of university teachers of non-classical music, particularly music theater, have neither training nor professional experience in music theater yet are still teaching it. (This music, in all styles, is now called generically, Contemporary Commercial Music or CCM). Music theater now utilizes all styles including, rock, pop, country, jazz, gospel and folk, yet until recently there have been no formal university level programs in any of these styles with the exception of jazz. Young singers who wish to sing in these styles are forced to choose classical vocal training, acting training, or no vocal training at all, if they wish to attend college. There has been a very large gap between college training and real-world practicalities for a singer of CCM.

Our Present situation

American musical theater was spawned by British music hall reviews, but also evolved from American vaudeville and many other sources. Pop music did not begin in Europe in the upper echelons of society, as did classical music. Jazz, rock, gospel, and R & B have their roots in the Afro-Caribbean cultures of the common people. Country, folk and pop music are American art forms, developed in this country by average people, many of whom had no formal musical training.

Because CCM has overtaken the world as the predominant form of music, particularly in the last 50 years it has had a profound influence over our culture, and perhaps the cultures of other nations. Despite this, no higher-level training program had ever been devised to address the very different vocal production needs of each of these CCM styles. Opera training has been regarded as a kind of "magic" one size fits all vocal training, which it most definitely is not. Everyone knows that the singers who are in opera's La Boheme can't sing the same sounds as a vocalist in Broadway's Rent. There are physical reasons why that is true, not just ones of talent or personal style.

What We Are Changing

Jeannette LoVetri has developed the first programs of Music Theater Vocal Pedagogy (how to teach singing) based upon voice science and medicine and to be put into university training courses for teachers. The training programs are organized to give voice teachers a sequenced, multi-layered approach to vocal production including many topics not addressed by classical singing. These programs have been met with resounding acclaim, as they are meeting a very clear need.

Available To Your University, School or Organization

Somatic Voicework™ may be incorporated into school curriculum or programs as a graduate or doctoral level course. Somatic Voicework Training can be presented as a summer intensive, an on-going program or in other formats designed to meet specific needs.

Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method offers universities, colleges and music schools a unique opportunity to present a very current well-organized, documented, and thoroughly successful approach to teaching contemporary commercial music, which is aimed towards the faculty, who may have little or no training in CCM, as well as to students and to the general musical public.

Somatic Voicework™ Training

NEW- For the first time outside the United States, Somatic Voicework™ Levels I, II, and III will be offered in Brisbane (Toowoomba) Australia, January 8-15. Details to follow and for more information contact Melissa Forbes

NEW- For the first time in South America Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method Level I will be presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 25-28. Prior to the Level I training, open master classes will be presented by Jeanie. Location TBA. For further information please contact Joana Mariz.

Teacher Training Days and Teacher Support Groups

 Teacher Training Day, Saturday, October 1st, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Washington, DC (area) for SVW teachers. Teachers work with each other with supervision from Jeanie on day one, fee $125. On day two, which is from 1:30 to 5:30, fee $85. Jeanie will work with students of SVW teachers in front of the group. Refreshments included. Location provided upon registration. Group dinner may be arranged for Saturday evening. For further details please contact t Jennifer Suess

Workshops/Masterclasses

Jeanie will present a series of master classes and workshops at the Stimmklinik (voice clinic) of Dr. Marcus Hess in Hamburg Germany, November 12-13, 2016. For more information please contact Jale Papila

Independant Presentation with master classes and workshops in Tel Aviv Israel, Spring of 2017. Details to follow. For more information contact Moran Cohen Talmor