LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™
Upcoming LoVetri Institutes
Registration is open for the 2024 online Level 1 session to be held January 13 - 15, 2024.
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What is Somatic Voicework™?
Somatic Voicework™ is a body-based method of vocal pedagogy that incorporates physical awareness, aural acuity, kinesthetic development, and vocal freedom. It is supported by voice science, vocal hygiene, and medical information. It promotes technical security, stylistic accuracy, and personal satisfaction. It honors the wholeness of healthy vocal use and the individuality of every vocal artist. It was developed to address contemporary commercial music but encompasses all styles.
Vocal function is clearly explained, and the exercises presented are designed to empower teachers to create solutions for a wide variety of pedagogical needs. Since 21st-century music continues to diversify, the need to understand vocal function, vocal health, and voice science has never been greater, and new tools are needed to supplement those that were used for the past two hundred years. These tools are found in Somatic Voicework™.
There is no special jargon, nothing to prepare, and it avoids any direct manipulation of the structures in the throat. It has the honor of having had 12 nationally recognized laryngologists as lecturers and four highly acknowledged speech language pathologists as faculty over the past decade. The training days are filled with information, demonstration, and application balanced with camaraderie, networking, and social interaction among participants at all levels.
How Does the LoVetri Institute Teach Somatic Voicework™?
The LoVetri Institute offers three tiered courses, each required before the next, to teach Somatic Voicework™. Learners must complete the courses in order, but you may repeat each level if desired.
After completing the three levels, learners may continue on to advanced work, including:
- Working the Trans & Non-Binary Voices
- Vocal Health Intensive for Singing Teachers
- When Science Meets Soul: Level I - Introduction to Soul Ingredients®
- When Science Meets Soul: Level II - Developing the Artist
Note: Not all levels or advanced work are presented at each session of the LoVetri Institute. Explore information about the current session to learn more.
Who Should Attend?
The Institute is comprehensive but accessible to everyone from singers not yet teaching to those with decades of experience. Past participants have come from all vocal disciplines and nearly every US state as well as 25 countries.
Participants have remarked that the work is different, new, unique, powerful, honest, and open-hearted.
Who Teaches at the LoVetri Institute?
Faculty may vary at each session of the Institute, but usually includes all senior faculty. These individuals are experts in the method and are excellent examples of how this work, which started out as being unique to Jeannette LoVetri, can be used effectively by everyone. They bring decades of experience as educators and vocalists to Somatic Voicework™ and understand the open-hearted philosophy which brings together science and art, pedagogy, and personal expression, and a trust of the body’s ability to produce beautiful, authentic sound in any voice and in any style.
Learn more about the Somatic Voicework™ Teachers' Association
Past Participant Testimonials
ANYONE who works with singers in any kind of CCM setting should be required to take this training. It's been so refreshing to see the ideas and concepts that I've stumbled into on my own over years of coaching presented in a well-researched, organized and wonderfully presented method. I wish I had taken this training years ago!
– Sam Henderson, Charleston, SC
I think Somatic Voicework™ can help singers and singing teachers at many levels clarify aspects of registration and timbre in an approachable and functional way. Revisiting one of my voice students for a lesson after just two days in the live, online course helped my student access their mix and vocally explore, which was gratifying to watch.
– Ruchi Kapila, Hayward, CA
I am a trained classical singer, and felt greatly limited in my knowledge about CCM techniques and styles until I took this course. I now feel much more confident in my ability to help my numerous voice class students - the majority of whom want to sing CCM repertoire - sing those styles in a healthy and satisfying way.
– Lisa Stidham, DMA, Oberlin, OH
I absolutely loved Level I of this course. I've gained so much knowledge over just three days and have already applied this in my studio with fantastic results for my students. Seemingly simple changes have made a huge difference! It's amazing to watch Jeanie work with singers–it's clear she has a sixth sense for hearing things other people don't hear in singer's voices. Learning to listen closely is a big takeaway from this course. I'd recommend the course to any teacher or singer.
– Victoria Hollings, Auckland, New Zealand
This was a wonderful and informative workshop. I appreciate how caring and understanding each instructor was. This was a well oiled machine, and the class time was used efficiently. I felt very comfortable and at ease even in the breakout sessions. I also really enjoyed reading my lesson materials. This course was worth every penny and has already started to improve my listening and teaching.
– Candace Culcleasure, Wilmington, DE
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method provides clear, actionable tools and techniques for functional voice training that is rooted in science, which allows you to sing freely and to unlock your full creative potential. I highly recommend these courses!
– Morgan Harrington, Stockton, CA
Grounded in voice science and informed by traditional vocal pedagogy, this is the most comprehensive short training course for voice teachers available. Its innovation centers on registration, rendering it applicable to the broad range of musical styles of our time. It introduces the student to a community of colleagues who support one another in this work for life. It is the most valuable vocal pedagogy course you will ever take.
– Andrew R. White, DMA, Kearney, NE
Somatic Voicework™ offers indispensable, fact-based education for voice teachers who aspire to serve students at the highest level. The perspective I gained through Levels I-III informs my work every day as I guide students to unleash their artistic potential through functional voice training.
– Emily Siar, DMA, Boston, MA
As a devoted academic, I have always valued knowing things with my mind. Singing, of course, demands knowing with your body. I was in my 30’s and had just landed my first college teaching job after years of singing classical music. There I was, trying to teach theater students by dint of whatever I could learn through reading. I could hear what was necessary to sing in other styles, but I didn’t know what it felt like in my own throat. Somatic Voicework™ encouraged me to step out and DO. The Institute balances voice science—knowing with your mind—and experience—knowing with your body. Highly recommended.
– Oliver Henderson, DM, New York, NY
Somatic Voicework™ changed my teaching by giving me tools to help students understand the anatomy and physiology of their own voices, how they make sound, eventually how to recognize and control it in a performance situation. My students enjoy discovering these “superpowers” in their voices. It’s exciting to empower singers (and speakers) with the tools they can use to develop their voices and reach their goals.
– Cymber Quinn, Teacher, Denver, CO
This is the most accurate voice course I’ve ever been to!
– Karin Bengmark, Singer, Voice Teacher, The Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Studying Somatic Voicework™ has had an undeniably positive impact on both my singing and my teaching. Singers from all around the world, representing a wide variety of musical genres, quickly form bonds of friendship and mutual support. My only regret about studying Somatic Voicework™ is that I didn't start sooner!
– Andrea Wolper, Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter, Teacher, New York, NY
Attending The LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ has completely changed my teaching and singing. Jeanie’s Solution Sequences are very helpful and I have learned to really hear and see what’s working with my students and what isn't working, and how to get to the solution! Jeanie is passionate, patient, and knows how to diagnose the problem, and work with you to the solution. I really loved working with vocalists who sing opposite styles and us teaching one another.
– Karen Carr, Assistant Professor, Voice, Berklee College of Music, Georgetown, MA
I LOVED watching Jeanie work … and hearing from a working Broadway Music Director about what is actually happening in New York is priceless!
– Deborah Conquest, Voice Faculty, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
The most comprehensive and compassionate vocal pedagogy!
– Kaoruko Pilkington, Voice Faculty, Berklee College of Music, Georgetown, MA
Somatic Voicework™ has changed the way I teach and the way I approach the voice in general. My language and direction [in lessons] has become clearer, long and short term goals have become more refined, exercises are more purposeful and effective, and the student leaves each lesson in better voice than they walked in with…It is the kind of work that one summer of study does not suffice due to its deep, holistic and interdisciplinary nature. I can't wait to come back for more.
– Elana Hedrych, Vocal Artist, Composer, Teacher, New York, NY
The program gave me a set of tools that takes the guess work out of working in multiple styles.
– Jay Gardner, Professor of Voice, Collin College, Plano, TX
Somatic Voicework™ fundamentally changed the way I approach my teaching. With a more complete understanding of voice science and functional training, I am more capable in my work. Jeanie’s approach is scientifically sound and so accessible. It has surpassed my expectations.
– Michael Walsh, Professor of Music, Lone Star College-Montgomery, Houston, TX
Every summer spent at Baldwin Wallace with this amazing work is another year I become a more intuitive teacher, a better listener, and a healthier singer. Somatic Voicework™ is so much more than just a pedagogical method, it's a gateway leading to the heart of connection through the voice.
– Andrea Randall-Luyties MA., BA., Private Voice Teacher, Houston, TX
The grounded, practical approach I have been looking for. This is bodywork for the voice.
– May Oskan, Associate Vocal Coach, Songbird Studios, Bay Area, CA
Not only is Somatic Voicework™ a clear method for understanding and teaching singing, it is a method steeped in patience, kindness and continual learning.
– Alexandra Platos Sulack, Performer, Voice Teacher, Chicago, IL