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- Level I Somatic Voicework™ LoVetri Method Training at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center, April 15-17, 2016. For more information contact Jan Potter Reed.

NEW-Level I Somatic Voicework™ LoVetri Method Training at Douglas College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada May 6-8, 2016. For more information contact Erica Northcott.

Teacher Training and Teacher Support Groups

Teacher Training Day in Washington DC area on Saturday, October 17, 2016 10 am-5 pm open to graduates of Somatic Voicework™ only, $125. There will also be a Teacher Support Group meeting for Somatic Voicework teachers™ at the same location on Sunday, October 18th 2 pm to 5 pm,$75. For more information and registration please contact Cate Frazier-Neely.

Teacher Support Group for Somatic Voicework Teachers™ only, New York City on October 25th, 2:30 to 6:30 for $85. For more information and registration contact Kaoruko Pilkington.


Jeanie will be Guest Artist in the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence Guest Artist Series at Austin Peay State University in Nashville, TN on February 8-10, 2016. Those interested in obtaining further information should contact Dr. Christopher Bailey, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre & Voice.

Master classes and workshops in Stockholm and Göteborg Sweden March 5-14, 2016. For more information please contact Mia Edvardson.

Jeanie has been invited to be a Master Teacher for the 25th anniversity of the NATS Internship Program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro NC, June 7-17, 2016. For more information and applications please contact Kathryn Duax

Jeanie will be presenting workshops, lectures and master classes at voice conference Sao Paulo, Brazil July 5-12, 2016 (dates approximate). More details to follow. For more information contact Joana Mariz

Jeanie is invited to be guest faculty at the National Center for Voice and speech in Salt Lake City Utah, July 18-19, 2016. For more information contact director Dr. Ingo Titze.

Independant Presentation with master classes and workshops in Tel Aviv Israel, September 16-20, 2016 (dates approximate). Details to follow. For more information contact Michal Cohen

Jeanie will present a series of master classes and workshops at the Stimmklinik (voice clinic) of Dr. Marcus Hess in Hamburg Germany, November 5-6, 2016. For more information please contact Jale Papila