COMBINED CONFERENCE SESSIONS
WE’RE MORE ALIKE THAN YOU THINK
-A combined vocal, choral and instrumental session with discussion and demonstrations on how terminology, breathing, embouchure, and consonant and vowel sounds can be used effectively and in a similar way with choral, solo vocal and instrumental performers
-Join the presenters of the Pedagogy of Style conference as they entertain questions and discuss all things style, technique, performing and teaching
-Choral and Instrumental demonstration ensembles work with faculty from choral, vocal and instrumental worlds to strengthen rehearsal and performance techniques
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Webb Parker at Webb.Parker@usm.edu.
Group vocal pedagogy can be a daunting task. Teacher/Conductors/Pianists must navigate the complexity of beautiful singing while steering through a multitude of styles, genres, and periods. The Choral Track will, as Maryann Kyle, founder of Pedagogy of State says “…teach teachers and performers how to factor style into their teaching techniques so it manifests itself quickly and efficiently as organic to the process producing enhanced, stylistic and timeless results.”
Here’s what you can expect to encounter:
1) Master vocal pedagogues leading seminars and interest sessions on the pedagogy of teaching many of the major styles encountered in today’s middle school, high school, and collegiate choral programs: classical, opera, musical theater, pop, show choir, and others.
2) New techniques and tools in group vocal pedagogy. Understanding how to translate all those great things you did in your solo voice or piano lessons to a group setting.
3) A better understanding of the human voice and how to use empathy as your most effective teaching tool.
4) Imagery, metaphor, and motion: Combining physiological knowledge to brain and body – using movement to “touch” the voice.
5) The Pedagogy of Style MIME Honor Choir (Metaphor, Imagery, Motion, Empathy). MIME allows you to select either a quartet or octet of your students to join the Pedagogy of Style conference. Lead by Webb Parker, this honor choir will explore the content of the conference in real time. Sessions will MIME are meant to take the knowledge gained in seminars and lectures and apply it to a “classroom” setting.
Sessions will be lead by a multitude of who’s who in choral pedagogy. Names and faces you know and recognize and new musician-teachers who will certainly be an asset to you and your choir.
Group Vocal Pedagogy
Teaching a voice lesson to 100 singers simultaneously
This session explores the tenants of vocal pedagogy with in the context of a choral rehearsal. Topics explored include incorporating voice building into every rehearsal, achieving and maintaining student ownership of their own instrument, and teaching styles under that premise that good technique is good technique no matter the style.
Touching the Voice
Using Imagery, Metaphor, and Motion as tools to make the voice tactile
For decades, teachers of vocal ensembles have used imagery and metaphor to relay vocal concepts: ‘Sing from your eyes,’ or ‘Breath from you toes,’ are phrases we’ve all used. This session explores the language development of those phrases as well as give incite into developing imagery, metaphor, and motion as vocal pedagogic staples in the choral setting.
From Soloist to Choir
Perspectives from a professional soloist and ensemble member
(Summary Coming Soon)
Learning is Doing
An exploration of style in choral singing
Through the medium of a reading session, the topics and ideas shared throughout the conference will be used to explore healthy singing through a gamut of styles in choral music.
Style at the Piano
Inside your Collaborative Pianist’s Brain
This roundtable discussion will explore ideas of style from the perspective of collaborative pianists in rehearsal.
DR. JANENE NELSON
Tailor-Made Vocal Training: Nurturing a Growth Mindset Through Guided
- Self-awareness is a crucial component of performing, but it is a difficult process to introduce into the studio or rehearsal environment. This session explores how personality inventories and skill assessments can help singers identify barriers to progress and develop strategies for overcoming them.
The Singer-Actor: An Approach to Complete Training Through the Transfer of Foundational Knowledge
- Contemporary training in the performing arts demands that singers possess basic acting skills, and that actors possess basic vocal skills. However, it can be challenging for students to build confidence in these secondary areas of study without a comprehensive curriculum. This session explores how engaging familiar terminology and processes, essentially “translating” musical preparation into acting terms and acting preparation into musical terms, can help bridge the gap.