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Training Young Singers

Taught by Ed Reisert

Class Dates: July 21, July 28, August 4

Class Times: Thursday 7-9 pm EST

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The course will help any voice teacher who works with young voices. At the end of the course, you will expand your tool kit for working with students in private studios, choirs, and small ensembles. Functional, developmentally appropriate voice training strategies will be the foundation of this course. Training the Young Singer will include asynchronous lectures, discussion groups, and Q&A sessions.   

In addition, we will cover topics such as:

  •       Managing the changing voice

  •       Selecting age-appropriate repertoire

  •       Collaborating with the stakeholders in a developing singer’s musical life

  •       Preparing a student for a lifetime of music-making


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe and implement strategies for training young singers in solo, small ensemble and large-group settings.

  • brainstorm strategies for eliminating barriers that arise when training young singers, including a focus on the changing adolescent voice.

  • describe vocal health strategies for young singers. 

  • integrate functional voice training strategies in beginning singers.

  • find, plan, and teach age-appropriate repertoire in a variety of styles and genres. 

  • implement strategies for creating networks of voice professionals who are involved in training young voices. 

  • How rhythm and groove affects your art form

  • Vocal registration in Black music styles and how to use each register authentically

  • Phrasing and lyrical development, how different genres make different choices

  • How to utilize past and present singers’ strategies to create your own unique sound


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Edward Reisert has over thirty years of experience teaching music in the public schools, and currently serves as a High School Choral Director in the Bedford, New York Central School District. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory and his Master’s degree from State University of New York at Oswego.

Edward’s choirs have performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and his students have performed in state, national and international choral ensembles. He is a frequent guest conductor for county and regional music festivals in New York and Connecticut, and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the New York State School Music Association. 

Edward is a full voting member of the Pan-American Vocology Association, and has been involved with the PAVA Recognized Vocologist initiative since its beginning. He serves as the chairperson of the Implementation Committee, overseeing the first cohort of people seeking PAVA Recognition.


Edward has served on the faculty of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory since 2009.

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