Understanding the Acoustic Landscape Singers Inhabit

Kenneth Bozeman

Course Objectives and Description:

This course will explain the internal acoustic landscape all singers inhabit. It will explore (in group and individual demonstrations) the implications and applications of acoustic pedagogy (kinesthetically, aurally, visually), especially for Western classical technique, but also with suggestions for belt-related vocal styles. The aim is to equip participants to use acoustic pedagogy.

Overarching Principles

Utilization of deeply programmed, innate responses when possible (primal sound; impulse to communicate; effects of affect on respiration, phonation, and resonation)

Awareness of those innate responses that must be managed (yell, whisper, fear, etc.)

Facilitation of phonation efficiency (most output for least local effort; balance of pressure/flow/resistance; flow

Facilitation of acoustic efficiency (resonance coupling; beneficial interactive feedback; chiaroscuro timbral balance)

Coordination with and correlation to successful historic pedagogy (Italian international school)

Incorporation of relevant emerging voice science (acoustic registration; absolute spectral tone color)

Resources & Recommended Preparatory Reading

Bozeman, Kenneth. * Practical Vocal Acoustics, Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press: 2013.

Bozeman, Kenneth.* Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency. Gahanna, OH: Inside View Press: 2017.

Howell, Ian, “Parsing the Spectral Envelope: Toward a General Theory of Vocal Tone Color.” DMA thesis, New England Conservatory of Music, 2016. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/29162454.

Miller, Donald G. Resonance in Singing, Princeton, NJ: Inside View Press: 2008.

Bozeman, Kenneth. “Remapping the Open Throat (Gola Aperta).” Journal of Singing. Nov/Dec 2015; vol. 72, No. 2:183-187.

Bozeman, Kenneth. “The Pedagogic Use of Absolute Spectral Tone Color.” Journal of Singing. Nov/Dec 2017; vol. 74, No. 2:179-183.

Reading the first two * relatively short texts listed above will significantly improve participants’ uptake of the workshop information and demonstrations.

Course Content

(Both days will include group and individual explorations and demonstrations)

Day One:
The Voice Source: Pre-phonatory Tuning, Respiration, Phonation
The Vocal Tract & Some Implications of Absolute Spectral Tone Color
Acoustic Registration, Vowel Migration & Vowel Modification

Day Two:
Implications & Applications for Non-Treble Voices
Implications & Applications for Treble Voices
Some Suggestions for Belt-related Styles
Q & A wrap up.


Kenneth Bozeman, tenor, holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona.  He subsequently studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich, Germany on a fellowship from Rotary International. Mr. Bozeman is a frequent presenter at international voice science conferences (Stockholm, Marseilles, Prague, Zagreb, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Philadelphia) and universities, and has written several articles on the topic of acoustic pedagogy.

He recently published his book on acoustic pedagogy, Practical Vocal Acoustics:  Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers

His second book, Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy:  Motivating Acoustic Efficiency(Insideview Press, 2017) continues to explore practical applications of acoustic pedagogy with a special focus on language and kinesthetic directives appropriate for studio use.


Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April 2018


North Colchester Business Centre
340 The Crescent

This course is residential with tea, coffee and lunch provided both days as well as 1 night’s accommodation with breakfast.

General Information

Dates and Venue:

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April 2018

Held at North Colchester Business Centre
340 The Crescent
CO4 9AD.


Kenneth Bozeman


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