The LoVetri Institute in partnership with Baldwin Wallace University Community Arts School

Offered in an Online Format

Level I: January 16 – 18, 2021

Registration Deadline: January 11, 2021
To receive your Level I Somatic Voicework™ course book prior to the course, register by December 15, 2020.

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. Past participants have come from all vocal disciplines and nearly every state as well as 13 foreign countries. Participants have remarked that the work is different, new, unique, powerful, honest and open-hearted.

Tuition and Registration


Online Tuition: $325.00/participant

Course Book: A digital version of the course book is included in tuition and will be accessible for 2 months after the course. A hard copy edition can be purchased and shipped to your home for $25 Domestic/$35 International.

Limited automatic payment installments are available. It is preferred that participants pay via credit or debit card through the online registration, however checks are accepted. Please contact the BW Community Arts School office to arrange for this.

Online Re-certification: Participants who have completed Levels I, II or III and plan to retake Level I are eligible for a discounted rate of $150.00. 
To obtain the discount code, email and indicate where and when you took Level I previously.

Registration Deadline: January 11, 2021.
To receive your Level I Somatic Voicework™ hard copy course book prior to the course, register by December 15, 2020.

See below for Continuing Education credit information.

Level I Description

Level I is the first of a three-tiered course of LoVetri’s method, Somatic Voicework™. The method is comprehensive but accessible to everyone from singers not yet teaching to those with decades of experience. 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.

Level I is called “Basic Application” and includes the following: introduction to functional principles of voice science and medicine. It guides singing teachers to enhance their own qualities as the “building blocks” of The LoVetri Method. It looks at terminology and at objectively describing vocal behavior. It also addresses attitude, intention and appropriateness of the interaction between student and teacher. Level I states that the teacher must have a clear intention for the vocal exercise when it is given. The teacher must know (a) either what is missing and needs to be added or (b) what is wrong and needs to be corrected, such that the student’s singing will somehow improve. It rests on vocal function, vocal health and on traditional pedagogy, but it is also meant to help singers be marketable. There will be a vocal health lecture to instruct the teacher how to listen functionally, to hear aural distinctions and relate them to responses.

Level 1 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe methods for effective communication with singers and singing teachers.
  • Participants will be able to describe musical vocal production, the way in which stylistic parameters impact voice production, the relationship between speaking and singing voice production, music industry terminology, and industry expectations for voicing style and vocal load.
  • Participants will demonstrate that they are able to listen “functionally” to singers’ voices both from a vocal health and a musical perspective, including the distinction between hypo- and hyper-functional singing in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM).
  • Participants will demonstrate the ability to assess the intention/purpose for any given sung vocal exercise.

Basic Schedule

Saturday, January 16,  11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
Sunday, January 17, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
Monday, January 18, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
Additional evenings sessions may be scheduled.

Senior Faculty

The senior faculty are both 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.