Jeannette LoVetri, Director

Vocal Training Programs for Children's Voices

Children's Voices

Jeannette LoVetri has been teaching children to sing more than three decades. She has worked with professional children on Broadway in shows such as "Les Miserables" and "Annie" and with non-professional children who sing for fun in local school choruses or as soloists in church or music theater productions.

Working with children requires special expertise, as children's voice can be trained, although not as "little adults". The same Somatic Voicework™ principles apply, but they are modified to meet to the needs of children.

Children who like to sing should be encouraged to do so. Children who are copying what they hear on shows like "American Idol" need to be guided to make sure they aren't just yelling. Children who hear only pop music on the radio would benefit from being guided to hear many different kinds of music.

Advice to parents: Many singing teachers do not teach children or believe that children should be left to sing on their own "natural instinct". That is an old fashioned point of view. However, most vocal training for singing is based upon opera, and children should not be encouraged to sound like adult opera singers, either. It is correct to say, then, that vocal technique teachers who know how to work with children in a variety of musical styles are few and far between.

Choral Directors may be helpful, but again, caution here is worthwhile. Choral Directors are often musicians before they are singers and some have little or no vocal background. Choruses don't generally worry about the development of an individual child's voice, but are often concerned with the "choral sound" or the sound of a "section" or "voice part". More information on children's choruses follows:

Children's Chorus

Jeannette LoVetri was the Voice Specialist of the Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus until December 2012 and had developed a unique program of vocal training for children's chorus with her student, BYC Founder and Artistic Director, Dianne Berkun, called Cross-Choral Training®. BYC has performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Oratorio Society at Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, and on national television; internationally at venues such as Canterbury Cathedral in London and in many other acclaimed performances; as well as with Elton John, Paul Simon, Judy Collins, Brandy, and on Saturday Night Live. Jeannette recently presented a Cross-Choral Training® Intensive at Brooklyn Youth Chorus Acadamy, with Dianne Berkun, of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

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CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University

The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute Our twelfth year featuring Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri Method, July 12-21, 2014 for levels I, II and III. It continues to be the first and only vocal pedagogy course offering graduate and doctoral credit for courses on CCM. It also offers a number of post certification courses for those who are certified as Level III graduates. Please view our 2014 CCM brochure. For more information please visit CCM Institute For further questions please contact: Kathryn Green at

Other Venues for Somatic Voicework™ Level I

Somatic Voicework™ Level II will be offered for the first time outside of Shenandoah, January 17-19, 2014, at UMass Dartmouth. For details and registration information please check out our 2014 brochure. For more information, please contact Marcelle Gauvin.

For the second time in New York City!!! Somatic Voicework™ Level I will be offered May 16-18, 2014 at the City College of New York. Our 2014 brochure is now available please visit for registration and more information. For any questions, please contact Suzanne Pittson.


NATS Ontario Chapter would like to extend an invitation encouraging all voice professionals and voice students to attend a special workshop with Jeanie LoVetri at the University of Toronto, Saturday, May 3rd from 12:30 to 5:30. Jeanie will present an introduction and overview of her method (Somatic Voicework™), a masterclass and follow up with a Q and A period. Please view the flyer for this event. For more information please contact Alison Moodie.

There will be a second event, Sunday, May 4th, 12:30 to 5:30 at the University of Toronto with an introduction to Somatic Voicework, teacher training, and masterclass. Please view the flyer for the Sunday workshop. The contact person for the Sunday workshop is Alex Samaras.

The Voice Workshop™ is proud to host Overtone Singing and Vocal Improvisation workshop with Rollin Rachele on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Voice Workshop™ 317 West 93rd street, Apt 3B, New York, NY. Rollin Rachele is an internationally known teacher and performer who has combined overtone singing with a variety of other western forms and traditional Indian Raga music over the years. This workshop is for people who wish to learn more about overtone singing and how to apply them to other traditions, in order to create a richer palette of sound. For more information and registration information please view the Overtone Workshop Flyer or email

Functional Vocal Training for 21st Century CCM Styles. Jeannette LoVetri and  Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Music Educators Association, will be holding a Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at TWU on Thursday, June 12th 2014-9:00 am to 5:30 pm and Friday, June 13th -9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The workshop will examine the basics of CCM styles and the vocal production necessary to sing them. Vocal health and terminology will also be covered and teachers will be guided to address typical issues that arise in belting, mixing and in the extreme pitch range and volume demands of repertoire. Please view the Vocal Pedagogy Workshop for more information and registration or email Nicki Cohen