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. Since 2003, the Shenandoah Conservatory and Jeannette LoVetri have offered a summer intensive of Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy based upon Somatic Voicework™. Until our 2012 brochure is ready, please view our 2011 brochure. For further questions please contact: Kathryn Green at kgreen@su.edu.
For more information please visit our CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute page and especially the website for the CCM Institute for the latest news.

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 Voiceworktm for CCM will strengthen existing programs, complement traditional classical training without threatening it, and support teachers working with CCM music theater to use healthy principles in their approach. To see what participants have said about Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method, please view our 2011 brochure. For further questions please contact: Kathyn Green at kgreen@su.edu.
For more information please visit our CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute page and especially the website for the CCM Institute for the latest news.

CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University

The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute Our twelfth year featuring Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri Method, July 12-21, 2014 for levels I, II and III. It continues to be the first and only vocal pedagogy course offering graduate and doctoral credit for courses on CCM. It also offers a number of post certification courses for those who are certified as Level III graduates. Please view our 2014 CCM brochure. For more information please visit CCM Institute For further questions please contact: Kathryn Green at kgreen@su.edu.

Other Venues for Somatic Voicework™ Level I

Somatic Voicework™ Level II will be offered for the first time outside of Shenandoah, January 17-19, 2014, at UMass Dartmouth. For details and registration information please check out our 2014 brochure. For more information, please contact Marcelle Gauvin.

For the second time in New York City!!! Somatic Voicework™ Level I will be offered May 16-18, 2014 at the City College of New York. Our 2014 brochure is now available please visit for registration and more information. For any questions, please contact Suzanne Pittson.

Workshops/Masterclasses

NATS Ontario Chapter would like to extend an invitation encouraging all voice professionals and voice students to attend a special workshop with Jeanie LoVetri at the University of Toronto, Saturday, May 3rd from 12:30 to 5:30. Jeanie will present an introduction and overview of her method (Somatic Voicework™), a masterclass and follow up with a Q and A period. Please view the flyer for this event. For more information please contact Alison Moodie.

There will be a second event, Sunday, May 4th, 12:30 to 5:30 at the University of Toronto with an introduction to Somatic Voicework, teacher training, and masterclass. Please view the flyer for the Sunday workshop. The contact person for the Sunday workshop is Alex Samaras.

The Voice Workshop™ is proud to host Overtone Singing and Vocal Improvisation workshop with Rollin Rachele on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Voice Workshop™ 317 West 93rd street, Apt 3B, New York, NY. Rollin Rachele is an internationally known teacher and performer who has combined overtone singing with a variety of other western forms and traditional Indian Raga music over the years. This workshop is for people who wish to learn more about overtone singing and how to apply them to other traditions, in order to create a richer palette of sound. For more information and registration information please view the Overtone Workshop Flyer or email rollin@overtonesinging.com.

Functional Vocal Training for 21st Century CCM Styles. Jeannette LoVetri and  Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Music Educators Association, will be holding a Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at TWU on Thursday, June 12th 2014-9:00 am to 5:30 pm and Friday, June 13th -9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The workshop will examine the basics of CCM styles and the vocal production necessary to sing them. Vocal health and terminology will also be covered and teachers will be guided to address typical issues that arise in belting, mixing and in the extreme pitch range and volume demands of repertoire. Please view the Vocal Pedagogy Workshop for more information and registration or email Nicki Cohen