Kenneth Bozeman, Professor of Music, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin
I have had a strong interest in vocal acoustics and vocal acoustic pedagogy for most of my teaching career, but began pursuing it more actively from the mid 80’s on. I did not begin to publish my understanding of voice acoustics until a first article in 2007. I have since published several articles and given a number of presentations, culminating in a book: Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers (Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/acousticvocalpedagogy) (website support resources for users of PVA: http://www.kenbozeman.com/ ), published with Pendragon Press in August of 2013. A 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. I am invited to do master classes and residencies at universities in which I explain and demonstrate the application of principles of vocal acoustics in training singers in the Western classical tradition. I welcome inquiries on the subject.
(Journal of Singing articles can be downloaded free by NATS members from the national website: nats.org)
Beck, Robert, J, Gottfried, Terry L., Hall, David J., Cisler, Caitlin, A, Bozeman, Kenneth W. “Supporting the Health of College Solo Singers: The Relationship of Positive Emotions and Stress to Changes in Salivary IgA and Cortisol during Singing.” Journal for Learning through the Arts. Volume 2, Issue 1. Article 19, 2006.
Bozeman, Kenneth. “A Case for Voice Science in the Vocal Studio.” Journal of Singing. Volume 63|No. 3, pp. 265-270: January/February 2007.
Bozeman, Kenneth. “Registration Strategies for Training Male Passaggio.” Choral Journal. June/July 2008. pp. 59-72.
Bozeman, Kenneth, “The Role of the First Formant in Training the Male Singing Voice,” Journal of Singing. Volume 66|No. 3, pp. 291-297: January/February 2010.
Bozeman, Kenneth, “New Technology for Teaching Voice Science and Pedagogy: The Madde Synthesizer (Svante Granqvist).” Journal of Singing, Volume 68| No. 4, March/April 2012.
“Acoustic passaggio pedagogy for the male voice.” Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, (a British Journal on voice and vocal health issues) early online, April 2012.
Titze, Ingo, et al. “ Toward a consensus on symbolic notation of harmonics, resonances, and formants in vocalization,” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(5), May 2015: 3005-7. (I was but one of a number of participants in a discussion that led to this article; Titze was the main author.)
Bozeman, Kenneth, “Remapping the Open Throat (Gola Aperta).” Journal of Singing, Volume 72| No. 2, pp. 183-187, November/December 2015.
Bozeman, Kenneth, “Studio Metaphors for Acoustic Pedagogy,” VOICEPrints, The Journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, March/April 2016, pp.4-6.
Bozeman, Kenneth, “Acoustic Pedagogy,” March 2016, The Voice, Newsletter of the Voice Foundation, Vol 21, Issue 1, pp 9-10.
Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, Insideview Press, March, 2017.
Bozeman, Kenneth. “The Pedagogic Use of Absolute Spectral Tone Color.” Journal of Singing. Nov/Dec 2017; vol. 74, No. 2:179-183.
Contributing author to: The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for Teachers of Singing, compiled and edited by Brian Winnie. (Hal Leonard, 2018) ISBN 978-1-57463-476-1.
Reviews of Publications
Titze, Ingo, “An Appreciation of the Bozeman and Miller Descriptions of Formant-Harmonic Relations in Singing.” Journal of Singing, Volume 68| No. 5, May/June 2012.
Greschner, Debra, “Bookshelf: Kenneth W. Bozeman, Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers.” Journal of Singing, Volume 70| No. 5, May/June 2014. pp. 621-23.
Manternach, Brian. “The Singer’s Library: Acoustic Insights.” (Review of Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, and interview with the author, Kenneth Bozeman); Classical Singer, November 2017; 52-55.
“The Use of H2/F1 Interactions in Male Passaggio Training,” for the 4th Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference, January 7-11, 2009, UT San Antonio.
“The Perception of Acoustic Interactions in Evaluating the Male Passaggio,” for the 40th Symposium of the Voice Foundation, June 1-3, 2011, Philadelphia.
Voice Science Presentations
“The Perception of Harmonic/Formant Interactions in Evaluating the Male Passaggio,” for the Session, “What Science brings to Vocal Pedagogy” for the Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC9), Marseille, France, September 3, 2011.
Paper: “The Role of Formant-Harmonic Interactions in Acoustic Registration Pedagogy” for the 6th Conference of Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, University of Las Vegas, Nevada, October 17-20, 2012.
“Introduction to Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy with Special Emphasis on Male Passaggio” for the NATS Intern Program, Vanderbilt University, June 18, 2013.
“Introduction to Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy with Special Emphasis on the Use of the Madde Synthesizer” for the conference of the International Voice Teachers of Mix, Salt Lake City, July 20, 2013.
“Introduction to Practical Vocal Acoustics Using the Madde Synthesizer,” European Voice Teachers Association Tutorial, Prague, Czech Republic, August 21, 2013.
“Pedagogic Application of F1/H2 interactions in Training the Male Passaggio,” for the 5th Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, August 10-13, 2010.
“The Acoustics of Male Passaggio Pedagogy,” for the 40th Symposium of the Voice Foundation, June 1-3, 2011, Philadelphia, PA.
“The Role of the First Formant in Male Passaggio Pedagogy” for the Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC9), Marseille, France, September 3, 2011.
“Acoustic Strategies in Training the Young Male Voice” for the South Florida NATS and Florida International University, February 11, 2012.
“The Importance of the First Formant in Male Passaggio Pedagogy” for the 52nd National Conference of NATS, Orlando, Florida, July 1, 2012.
“Effective Practice Techniques” Discussion (with colleague Anthony Padilla) for the Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teacher’s National Association, Lawrence University, September 27, 2012.
“Tutorial on the Use of the MADDE Synthesizer in Voice Pedagogy Classes” for the 6th Conference of Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, University of Las Vegas, Nevada, October 17-20, 2012.
“Vocal Acoustics Primer,” Lecture for Viterbo College Vocal Pedagogy Class, November 25, 2012.
“Introduction to Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy,” University of Mississippi, Starksville, Mississippi, November 26, 2012.
“Introduction to Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy,” University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, December 1, 2012.
“The Importance of the First Formant in Male Passaggio Pedagogy” Carthage College: Vocal Pedagogy Series, March 10, 2013, Racine, Wisconsin.
“Getting More for Less: How Science Can Help Us Sing Better,” Classical Singer Convention Master Class, Boston, May 25, 2013
“The Acoustics of Male Passaggio Pedagogy,” Pan European Voice Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, August 23, 2013.
“Modern Voice Pedagogy: The Use of Spectrography and Principles of Acoustic Registration in Voice Instruction,” Pan European Voice Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, August 24, 2013.
“Introduction to Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy,” Open Lecture/Demonstration, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, October 18, 2013.
“Gender Differences and Similarities in Training Singers,” Vocal Pedagogy Class, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, October 18, 2013.
Vocal Master Class, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, October 18, 2013.
“Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy,” Open Lecture/Demonstration, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, December 3, 2013.
Residency in Vocal Acoustics, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. February 6-8, 2014.
Skype Q & A on acoustic pedagogy with the graduate vocal pedagogy class at University of West Virginia, March 31 2014.
Invited Presenter on Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy: “The Role of Formant/Harmonic Interactions in Acoustic Registration Pedagogy,” at Ars Choralis, Zagreb, Croatia, April 24-26, 2014.
Skype Q & A on acoustic pedagogy with the vocal pedagogy class at University of Montana, May 9, 2014.
“The Acoustic Advantage: Getting More for Less. How Science Can Help Us Sing Better,” Classical Singer Convention Master Class, San Antonio, Texas, May 24, 2014.
“Summary of Applied Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy,” National Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, July 5-9, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts.
NATS Winter Workshop: Featured Presenter on Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy, January 8-10,2015, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida
Residency in Vocal Acoustics: Focus on Male Passaggio, February 20, 2015, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI.
Institute for Vocal Advancement National Conference, Orange, CA, “An Overview of the Vocal Acoustic Landscape,” and “Acoustic Pedagogy: Acoustic Strategies for Best Resonance and Register Transitions,” April 30, 2015.
Classical Singer Convention, Chicago: Master Class, “The Acoustic Advantage: Your Personal PA System,” May 23, 2015.
Voice Foundation Symposium, Philadelphia: Workshop Presentation: “The Acoustic Landmarks of the Male Passaggio: Why and How Strategies Must Vary by Vowel,” May 29, 2015.
Voice Foundation Symposium, Philadelphia: Paper Presentation: “Comparison of Predictable Formant-Harmonic Interactions with the Historic Pedagogic Locations of the Male Zona di Passaggio.” May 31, 2015.
Björklunden Seminar: Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy, July 19-24, 2015
Acoustic Pedagogy Seminar, Tahoma NATS, hosted by Pacific Lutheran University, Saturday, September 19, 2015.
Acoustic Pedagogy Seminar, Carthage College, Friday-Saturday, September 25-26, 2015.
Acoustic Pedagogy Seminar, Boston NATS, Longy Conservatory, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Saturday-Sunday, October 3-4, 2015.
Paper: “Theory to Application: The Transition from Physical Principle to Kinesthetically Adjusted Behavior” at the inaugural meeting of the Pan American Vocology Association, Greensboro, NC., October 10, 2015.
Featured speaker: “The Vocal Acoustic Landscape: How to Solve the Challenges Singers Face Across Range,” NATS Online Chat, January 10, 2016, 8:30pm CST.
Guest (via Facetime) with Graduate Vocal Pedagogy Class of Dr. Stephen Austin, North Texas University, Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
Residency (Lessons, Presentation, & Master Class), Eastern Michigan University, Friday, February 12, 2016.
Skype Q & A on Acoustic Pedagogy with Vocology in Practice, Monday, February 15, 2016, 6-7pm.
Skype Session on Acoustic Pedagogy, Pedagogy Class, Mississippi College, 2:50pm, March 15, 2016
Master Class, Mississippi University for Women, 3pm, March 21, 2016.
Residency on Acoustic Pedagogy, University of Alabama, March 24-25, 2016.
Residency on Acoustic Pedagogy with the Nebraska NATS Chapter, April 1-2, 2016.
Webinar on Acoustic Pedagogy, Nashville Vocal Pedagogy Gathering, May 21, 2016, 10am-2pm.
Classical Singer Convention, Boston: Master Class, “The Acoustic Advantage: Your Personal PA System,” May 28, 2016.
Workshop on Acoustic Pedagogy for Chicago NATS and the Bastian Voice Institute, at the Bastian Voice Institute, Downers Grove, Il, Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Paper: “Some Pedagogic Implications and Applications of Absolute Spectral Tone Color Theory of Vowel Perception,” Pan American Vocology Association Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, October 16, 2016.
Lecture and Mater Class on Acoustic Pedagogy for the International Voice Teachers of Mix Conference, Atlanta, Ga, October 21, 2016.
Skype Lecture on Acoustic Pedagogy for Graduate Pedagogy Class of Dr. David Meyer, Shenandoah University, October 26, 2016.
Featured Speaker on Acoustic Pedagogy, Mississippi Voice Symposium and Institute, Mississippi State University, January 20-21, 2017.
Three Session Webinar Course in Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy for the Institute for Vocal Advancement, May 8, 15, 22, 2017.
Webinar: The Differences Between Classical and Non-classical Responses to the Acoustic Landscape All Singers Inhabit; BAST Voice Training, May 19, 2017.
Master Teacher for the NATS Intern Program, June 2-12, University of Toronto, Canada.
Week long seminar on Acoustic Pedagogy, Bjorklunden, Door County, WI, July 16-21, 2017.
Workshop Presentation “Comparison of Male and Female Acoustic Register Transitions” at the International Congress of Voice Teachers, Stockholm, Sweden, August 2-6, 2017.
Webinar on Acoustic Pedagogy for Vocology in Practice, August 25, 2017.
Masterclass for the Mississippi University for Women, August 30, 2017.
There was a six-week long virtual discussion of my book, Practical Vocal Acoustics, among 100 voice pedagogues on a subgroup of the Facebook Group Voice Geeks, Functional Voice Book Club, during the months of July and August 2017, moderated by Dan Mitton of the University of Toronto. I responded to questions when needed.
Paper Presentation “Passive Vowel Modification is Not So Passive” at the Pan American Vocology Association 2017 Fall Conference, Toronto, October 20-21, 2017.
Workshop Presentation with colleagues Lynn Helding (USCal) and Lorna McDonald (U of Toronto) demonstrating studio directives on “How to establish and maintain an open throat for Western classical technique” at the Pan American Vocology Association 2017 Fall Conference, October 20-21, 2017.
Webinar on Acoustic Pedagogy for the Brazilian Organization Full Voice Studios, October 27, 2017.
Lecture on Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy and Master Class, Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, November 10, 2017.
On-line Interview with Singwisevocals host, Karyn Lane O’Connor on vocal acoustics and vowel modification, December 12, 2017, recorded and posted.
Interview on Voice Matters, hosted by Liz Johnson from December, 2017: includes questions about my personal journey of discovery in voice acoustics, to questions about my personal vocal health history, to where I think voice pedagogy is going.
Invited Guest of the New England Conservatory Pedagogy Area, demonstrating applied acoustic pedagogy, March 12-13, 2018.
Guest presentations on acoustic pedagogy at Boston Conservatory of Music, March 13, 2018.
Skype Q & A with the Nick Perna and the Pedagogy Class at Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, April 5 2018.
Workshop on Acoustic Pedagogy in Colchester, England, April 27-28, 2018.
Keynote Speaker at the Seminar: Developments in Singing Pedagogy: From Theory to Practice Conference. Paper title: “Correlating Sources: Historic Pedagogy, Voice Science, & Innate Response to Expressive Impulse.” Colchester, England, April 29, 2018
Guest Lecture on “Vocal Acoustics” for the Physics of Music Class at Lawrence, May 11, 2018.
Invited Speaker at the Symposium Honoring Pedagogue William Vennard, USC, May 18, 2018.
Invited participant and assistant organizer at the 2nd Pedagogy Summit, a gathering of leaders in voice pedagogy assessing the state of the discipline, hosted at USC, May 19-20, 2018.
Honors Day Convocation Speaker: “Voice, the Muscle of the Soul: Finding Yourself through Finding your Voice.” Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, May 22, 2018.
Master Class at the Classical Singer Convention, May 25-27, 2018, Boston, MA.
Co-Presenter with Dr. Ian Howell, assisted by Dr. Chadley Ballantyne, of a five-day seminar on acoustic pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music, June 2018. June 14-19, 2018.
Break Out Session Presentation, “The Essentials of Acoustic Voice Pedagogy: An Update,” at the 55th National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 24, 2018.
Presenter on Acoustic Pedagogy for the Boston Conservatory Pedagogy Symposium, July 12-15, 2018.
Interview with Djarts Voice Studio Livecast: Vocal Essentials, on Acoustic Registration, Brisbane, Australia, July 30, 2018.
Panel Discussion: “Linguistic Standards in Speech and Song,” at the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA) joint conference with VASTA, Seattle, WA, August 11-14, 2018.
Workshop Session: “Motivating Acoustic Efficiency,” at the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA) joint conference with VASTA, Seattle, WA, August 11-14, 2018.
Lecture/Discussion & Master Class for the Studio of Dr. Kari Ragan, Seattle, WA, August 14, 2018.
Online presentation and Q & A with the Speakeasy Cooperative on “Acoustic Registers and Passaggi for Treble and Non-Treble Voices,” September 9, 2018.
Invited Presenter for the Northwest Voice Conference: The Art and Science of the Performing Voice, Seattle, WA, May 18-19, 2019.