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Training/Studying Recommendations for Teaching Middle/High School Boy's Vocal Pedagogy?

I have been teaching vocal music for six years now, and would like to take my learning to the next level.

I have recently been directing a changing/changed voice boy's choir, and am now finding to be insufficient what vocal pedagogy, etc. I learned while in college (BA in music + teaching credential) and what I have picked up through experience.
Therefore, I would like to continue my learning (while still teaching full-time...). Does anyone have good recommendations as to how to proceed? What critical resources, etc. I should pursue? Since I am teaching full-time, I cannot pursue every opportunity, and need to focus in on the best possible resources that will help me to grow. Do you have any recommendations? (Training, videos, books, individuals, etc.)
Basically, I want to spend some time working to master (as much as possible) vocal pedagogy for the adolescent male voice.
Thank you in advance!
on September 30, 2014 8:04am
Good for you! Would that even more choral people act to "take (their) learning to the next level," especially regarding adolescent male voices. My recommendations:
1. I wrote an article for Choral Journal that addressed the two main knowledge trends in the U.S. regarding classifying adolescent male voices, one of which is butressed by scientific study. Such classification is crucially important to vocal pedagogy for the adolescent male voices. You can access the article by clicking on: "Boys' Changing Voices: What Do We Know Now?" published in April, 2012, Volume 52, No. 9. It was reprinted in the International Choral Bulletin, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2013.
2. The only source that presents all of Dr. John Cooksey's scientific research into male changing voices is in a highly comprehensive voice education book titled Bodymind and Voice: Foundations of Voice Education, published by The VoiceCare Network and the National Center for Voice and Speech. John recorded the voices of 86 boys over three years and made over 6,500 sonagrams that were computer analyzed to detect patterns of change. In 1992, John also published a booklet-sized book (Working with the Adolescent Voice, Concordia Press) that briefly summarizes his research findings, his classification procedures (learned from his original mentor, Irvin Cooper), and other procedures. [NOTE: When choral conductors write about John's work, they only cite the theoretical articles that he wrote for Choral Journal before the data for his research was completely gathered. Some writers cite a presentation he gave at a 1983 conference on the male adolescent voice held at SUNY-Buffalo (proceedings published in 1984), but only the initial phase of his study's data analysis was complete at that time. In the mid 80s, he tried to get two music ed research publications to publish the entire study (Bulletin of the CRME & the JRME). They chose not to do so, saying that the study was too large.]
3. If you possibly can, attend the 2015 international summer course that is presented by VoiceCare Network at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Adolescent boys and girls are part of the presentations about working with adolescent voices, and course participants have the opportunity to work with them as well. Working with adolescent girls' voices is based on the work of Dr. Lynne Gackle whose work also is presented in Bodymind and Voice. Bodymind and Voice is the course book, and its purchase price is lowered considerably for course participants.
4. Dr. Patrick Freer at Georgia State University has given many presentations and written several articles about adolescent boys and their voices. He produced a video about working with adolescent voices that I believe to be quire excellent. At the moment, I do not have access information about the video, but google his name and you'll find it, I'm sure. During the early part of his career, he learned about working with adolescent voices at VoiceCare's courses.
I hope this is helpful, and wish you great success in your studies.
Be well, Leon
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