In-Person and Online Courses with
Dr. David Meyer
A leading scholar and researcher of the singing voice, baritone David Meyer is an active performer, teacher, clinician and voice scientist. He serves as associate professor of voice and voice pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory and is the director of the Janette Ogg Voice Research Center. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Voice Foundation and is the chairman of the Voice Science Advisory Committee of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 2010 he received the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, a prestigious national award in recognition of his contributions to the field of teaching singing and the use of voice science. Dr. Meyer’s students have won numerous awards and have sung in major venues worldwide.
Vocal Anatomy Intensive
(MUPP-595-F2F Vocal Anatomy Intensive)
July 8-10, 2023
This course gives participants a hands-on experience with vocal anatomy and physiology. It will provide participants with in-depth explorations of the vocal mechanism structures, their interactive function, and the aerodynamic and acoustic forces that contribute to healthy vocalism. Each participant will develop a fact-based framework to assist their diagnosis and treatment of vocal faults. This will be a workshop-style course utilizing tools such as cadaver lab dissections, state-of-the-art MRI imagery, 3-D modeling of the vocal tract, and virtual reality simulations.
COMPETENCY STATEMENTS: Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:
Describe basic anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism; identify the contributions of respiration, phonation, and resonance to voice production for singing.
Be familiar with vocal tract acoustics and the contributions of formant tuning
Understand the interwoven relationships of respiratory, phonatory, and articulatory systems.
Perform a virtual laryngeal dissection using 3-D modeling
Use spectrography to assist singers to develop classical and CCM singing styles
Voice Science Bootcamp
(MUCC-538-ONL Voice Science Bootcamp)
Saturday July 15, 22, and 29
Class Times: 1pm -3pm Eastern Standard Time
Are you a budding voice-geek, but have formant-phobia?
A raw recruit voice teacher terrified of spectrograms?
If that describes you, then get ready for Bootcamp!
For many teachers, science in singing is just techno-jargon. In this introductory course we will be exploring the basics of voice science that can immediately help your work with singers. The course will consist of lectures on the nature of sound, hearing, aerodynamics, physiology, and functional singing.
Class discussion on subjects ranging from:
Making invisible things (e.g. air,sound, etc.) visible
What is formant tuning?
How can psychological research improve our teaching?
Using spectrograms and simple, inexpensive technological tools
Breakout sessions to play with and reinforce class content
Asynchronous content that supports our time together
"I would highly recommend Dr. Meyer’s course to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge about voice science. He made, what can be a daunting area for many voice teachers, really accessible, applicable and enjoyable!"
Amber Mogg Cathey
More about Dr. Meyer
2022 Sophia Dove, Leryn Turlington, Kate Elmendorf, Kurayi Mahachi, Christine Petersen, David Meyer. “Singing voice symptomatology following presumed SARS-CoV-2 infection.” Journal of Voice (In-press: Accepted for publication Nov. 8, 2022).
2022 Leon Neto, David Meyer. “Understanding the Vocal Skill Set for Contemporary Christian Singers: Insights from Elite Singers.” Australian Voice Journal (In-press: Accepted for publication Oct. 24, 2022).
2022 David Meyer, Rushdi Zahid Rusho, Wahidul Alam, Gary E Christensen, David M Howard, Jarron Atha, Eric A Hoffman, Brad Story, Ingo R Titze, Sajan Goud Lingala. “High-Resolution Three-Dimensional Hybrid MRI+ Low Dose CT Vocal Tract Modeling: A Cadaveric Pilot Study.” Journal of Voice (In-press corrected proof): published online October 28, 2022. Link to article | Download PDF
2022 Matt Edwards, Jackie Zito-Edwards, David Meyer. “The Emerging Future of Collegiate Voice Instruction: Updated SWOT Analysis of Current Practice and Implications for the Next Generation.” Journal of Singing 77:8 (January/February 2023): published ahead of print September 20, 2022. Link to article | Download PDF
2021 David Meyer, John Nix, Lynn Helding, Allen Henderson, Tom Carroll, Jeremy Faust, Christine Petersen. “Reentry Following COVID-19: Concerns for Singers.” Journal of Singing 77:8 (November/December 2021): published ahead of print August 9,
2021 Matthew R. Naunheim, Jonathan Bock, Philip A. Doucette, Matthew Hoch, Ian Howell, Michael M. Johns, Aaron M. Johnson, Priya Krishna, David Meyer, Claudio F. Milstein, John Nix, Michael J. Pitman, Trineice Robinson-Martin, Adam D. Rubin, Robert T. Sataloff, Herbert Steven Sims, Ingo R. Titze, Thomas L. Carroll. “Safer singing during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: what we know and what we don’t.” Journal of Voice. Awarded Journal of Voice’s “Best Clinical Medicine Paper of 2021.”
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2021 David Meyer, John Nix, and David Okerlund. “Voice Pedagogy: Practical Science in the Studio, Part 3: ‘High-Tech’ Strategies.” Journal of Singing 77:5 (May/June 2021): 633-643. Download PDF
2021 Laura Crocco, David Meyer. “Motor Learning and Teaching Singing: An Overview.” Journal of Singing 77:5 (May/June 2021): 693–702. Download PDF
2021 John Nix, David Meyer, Ron Scherer, and Deirdre Michael. “Voice Pedagogy: Practical Science in the Studio, Part 2: ‘Low-Tech’ Strategies.” Journal of Singing 77:4 (March/April 2021): 509-513. Download PDF
2021 David Meyer and Lynn Helding. “Voice Pedagogy: Practical Science in the Studio: ‘No-Tech’ Strategies.” Journal of Singing 77:3 (January/February 2021): 359-367. Download PDF
2020 Richard Lewellen, David Meyer, Eva Van Leer. “The effects on acoustic voice measures and the perceived benefits of a group singing therapy for adults with Parkinson’s Disease.” Australian Voice Journal 21 38-46. Download PDF
2020 Lynn Helding, Thomas L. Carroll, John Nix, Michael M. Johns, Wendy D. LeBorgne, David Meyer. “COVID-19 After Effects: Concerns for Singers.” Journal of Voice. Link to Article
2019 David Meyer, Laura Crocco. “What the Studio Voice Teacher Needs to Know About Motor Learning.” The Voice Foundation Voice (newsletter). June 2019. Link to Newsletter
2018 Brenda Smith, David Meyer (collection editors). Source Readings in Singing Voice Pedagogy, Journal of Voice. Link to Collection
2017 Leon Neto, David Meyer. A Joyful Noise: The Vocal Health of Worship Leaders and Contemporary Christian Singers. Journal of Voice, Volume 31, Issue 2, 2017, Pages 250.e17-250.e21, ISSN 0892-1997
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2014 David Meyer, Matthew Edwards. The future of collegiate voice pedagogy: SWOT analysis of current practice and implications for the next generation. Journal of Singing. 2014; 70(4):437-444
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2014 Kathryn Green, Warren Freeman, Matthew Edwards, David Meyer. Trends in Musical Theatre Voice: An Analysis of Audition Requirements for Singers. Journal of Voice, Volume 28, Issue 3, 2014, Pages 324-327, ISSN 0892-1997, Link to Article
Sophia Dove, Kate Elmendorf, Christine Petersen, David Meyer (2022): Singing Voice Symptomatology Following Presumed SARS-CoV-2 Infection.Voice pedagogy presentation to the 51st Anniversary Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, USA.
Katrina Miller, Juliana Rivelli, David Meyer (2022): The Relationship Between Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Young Singers: A Survey. Voice pedagogy presentation to the 51st Anniversary Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, USA.
Katrina Miller, Juliana Rivelli, David Meyer (2022): The Relationship Between Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Young Singers: A Survey. Speech Language Pathology presentation to the 2022 ASHA Conference. Washington DC, USA.
Mohammad Obeid,David Howard, Dan Wilson, David Meyer(2022): Vocal Tracts in Virtual Reality – A Preliminary Report. Voice pedagogy presentation to the 51st Anniversary Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, USA.
David Meyer, Sajan Goud Lingala, David Howard, Eric Hoffman, Ingo Titze (2022): Pilot Study – High Resolution Hybrid CT+MRI Vocal Tract Imaging. Basic voice science presentation to PAS7+. Vienna, Austria.
David Meyer, Sajan Lingala, Subin Erattakulangara, Wahidul Alam, Rushdi Rusho, Jarron Atha, Gary Christensen, David Howard, Eric Hoffman, Ingo Titze (2022): Physical Modelling of High-Resolution Hybrid CT+MRI Vocal Tract Images. Basic voice science presentation to the 51st Anniversary Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, USA.
David Meyer, Sajan Lingala, Jarron Atha, Gary Christensen, David Howard, Eric Hoffman (2022): Minimal CT Dosages Necessary for Blended CT+MRI Vocal Tract Imaging.Basic voice science presentation to the 51st Anniversary Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, USA.
Emily Castleton, David Meyer (2022): Formant/Harmonic Coupling Patterns in Contemporary Belt as Observed in “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls as sung by Amber Riley. Voice pedagogy presentation to the 51st Anniversary Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, USA.
Carolyn Sebron, David Meyer (2022): A Lifelong Joy: Persistence and Retention Of Older African American Singers. Voice pedagogy poster presentation to the 51st Anniversary Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, USA.