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The New Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute


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Session 1: Respiration and Phonation for CCM Singers, July 15-17, 2017

Taught by Matt Edwards with Wendy LeBorgne and Marci Rosenberg

This course explores the view that correcting faults at the vocal fold level will release other entaglements in the mechanism. Topics include:

  • Separation and development of heavy and light mechanism
  • How variations of airflow affect vocal quality
  • Exercise physiology
  • Developing the "mixed-voice"
  • Fundamentals of belt technique

Session 2: Resonance and Articulation for CCM Singers, July 18-20, 2017

Taught by Matt Edwards and featuring Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Sataloff

This course explores the view that correcting faults of the vocal tract will improve vocal fold function. Topics include:

  • How the larynx, soft palate, tongue, jaw, and lips interact in CCM singing styles
  • Motor learning theories
  • Advanced belt technique

Session 3: CCM styles and Performance Practice, July 21-23, 2017

Taught by Matt Edwards with Jeff Ramsey and special guest Sheri Sanders

This course covers topics that are essential for singers who have mastered the basic technical concepts introduced in sessions I and II. Topics include:

  • The technical ingredients of vocal styles
  • The rhythmic and melodic ingredients of vocal styles
  • Audio technology
  • Storytelling techniques
  • And round-robin sessions on how to apply functional training in the choral setting, how to prepare singers for the recording studio, tips for working with musical theatre performers, and how to audition for pop/rock musicals.
Earlier Event: July 13
Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop
Later Event: July 17
Summer Vocology Institute: Block 3