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NYVC Presents "Operation Practical: Make Your Pedagogy Matter"

Posted Monday, March 29th 2021 by Meredith Davis
The purpose behind “Operation Practical” is for the vocal teacher to then “take those ideas and break them down to be more relatable to the average singer.”

The best of singers will channel joy into their vocal education. However, a great vocal artist can be so much more than a singer alone. 

This weekend marked the annual meeting of the ViP: The Vocology in Practice Virtual Conference. ViP’s mission is to educate both vocal teachers and singers alike in the latest advances of the musical art. The organization is “a peer-directed global network of elite voice professionals, supporting and expanding” any expertise of those wishing to learn and grow. ViP brings together professionals of all fields from voice teachers and students to vocal doctors, therapists and scientists. 

These professionals present the latest vocal research and development for those just starting out in the business to those practicing voice at the highest level. How better to polish the craft from those who have walked the path and discovered the depths of their art!

This year’s event was held online the weekend of March 12th – 14th, 2021. Esteemed attendees included Johan Sundberg, author of the “The Science of the Singing Voice,” Kenneth Bozeman, Professor of Music and Chairman of the vocal department at Lawrence University, Vocal Coach Kerri O’Bert, and many more! 

Also in attendance was New York Vocal Coaching’s President and Founder, Mr. Justin Stoney. Mr. Stoney is a regular attendee having presented at last year’s gathering as well. This year, Mr. Stoney’s ViP presentation was entitled Operation Practical: Make Your Pedagogy Matter.

Often, the most exciting means of vocal instruction is advanced and technical. “That can be very intimidating to a singer,” says Mr. Stoney. The purpose behind “Operation Practical” is for the vocal teacher to then “take those ideas and break them down to be more relatable to the average singer.” A timeless lesson for a successful vocal coach is how to translate the data for the student. “We’re still saying the same thing, just in a more practical way” quotes Mr. Stoney. The presentation in particular is vital to the development of the singer, opening a whole new realm of possibilities. 

Techniques and vocal pedagogy that otherwise would have been foreign is now applicable to the singer’s life long progress and level of learning. All it takes is the vocal coach to point them in the right direction! 

For more information regarding New York Vocal Coaching and our services, please feel free to visit our website, www.newyorkvocalcoaching.com

To view Mr. Sundberg’s profile and interview about his thoughts on vocal pedagogy, please visit www.vocalpedagogy.com 


Meredith Davis

Meredith is the Studio Manager at New York Vocal Coaching, as well as an experienced actor, director, and choreographer. She served as the director of Musical Theatre for the North Carolina Young Artists Program. During the summer of 2011, 2012 and 2013, NCYAP traveled internationally to Bulgaria and Italy to perform her works. She has also worked as the Assistant to the Producer of North Carolina Theatre where she maintained the daily workings of every production throughout the spring season of 2013.

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