Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method

This is the singing method I’ve been studying and using since the summer of 2009.

Jeannette LoVetri, creator of the method - Bio and CV

About the method

Jeannette’s blog

CCM Institute at Shenandoah University

CCM Institute at Shenandoah University: Nationally-recognized singers, voice scientists, vocal coaches, conductors, ENT's, singing specialists, and others come to teach about healthy, stylistically-correct singing in various styles.  

Keeping the Body and Voice Healthy

Recommended products and books for body awareness and work.

Frequently Prescribed Medications and Effects on Voice and Speech. If you’re taking any medicines, check this list and see what the side effects could be on your voice. If the effects are too detrimental, talk to your doctor about less harmful alternatives. 

Find a Voice Doctor

Seeing How the Voice Works

Finding New Songs to Play/Sing

Musical Theatre, TV, and Movie Songs for Kids: a Spotify Playlist I update regularly. This is for listening as much as for finding songs to perform.

Rock/Pop/Indie/Folk/Hip-Hop Songs for Kids: a Spotify Playlist I update regularly. This is for listening as much as for finding songs to perform.

Professor Matt Edwards’ Video Database: My colleague Matt Edwards has put together an incredible database of videos about everything from the difference between recorded and raw rock voices to great audition songs for musical theatre majors. An amazing resource.

The Achievement Program Voice Syllabus: good for picking classical and musical theatre pieces for all ages...great resource for finding pieces for very young singers. Also includes suggestions for theory, ear-training, and sight-reading for each level. I consider Level 7/8 to be College Freshman Performance Major level, on average.

The Achievement Program Piano Syllabus : classical repertoire, graduated scales and chords, etudes, theory, sight-reading, ear-training.

The Achievement Program Piano Popular Selections List: intended as a supplement to the main piano syllabus. A graded selection of pieces for all levels, including genres like Latin, Jazz, Blues, etc.

The ABRSM Singing Syllabus:  Similar to The Achievement Program. Levels are different on some songs, but a great resource for finding songs, nonetheless. Includes an a cappella traditional song section in each level. 

The ABRSM Piano Syllabus: Similar to The Achievement Program.

Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Composers: The definitive place to find new songs in musical theatre.

Finding Sheet Music

Art Song Central: “Art Song Central is principally an archive and directory of free, printable sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire.” ASC includes in its search other databases such as the Werner Icking Music Archive and Google Books, so you may be linked to another site when retrieving your selection. Since these resources are ones that have aged out of copyright protection, the songs in the database will be older. Great for finding Baroque, Classical, and Romantic pieces, but not so much for 20th and 21st century songs. However, if you’re looking for urtexts, this isn’t the place for you. In fact, you may find that some of the pieces are edited in such a way as to be too far from the original performance practice (as we know it) to be satisfactory for those concerned with performance practice. More modern editions that have dedicated themselves to being as close to the original manuscript as possible (such as John Glenn Paton’s Italian Art Song collection) are generally still under copyright. 

Indiana University Online Opera Scores and Indiana University Online Song Literature are two huge databases of free sheet music. They’re not quite as easy to navigate and print as Art Song Central, but it can be done. 

Sheet Music Plus: Very large selection. Not always the cheapest, though. Price check with Amazon first. Now has digital sheet music, too.

Amazon.com: Generally the cheapest. Prime membership is totally worth it.

Online Sheet Music: Usually the cheapest of all of the digital sheet music sites. Best for pop/jazz/musical theatre. Requires you to download their software and create an account first. The software will automatically detect what you’ve purchased once you’ve put your account information into it. Their software allows you to transpose the pieces into any key you wish once you’ve purchased it. However, a few scores I've ordered from FreeHand have been a little wonky notation-wise.

Music NotesNot as inexpensive as OSM in general, but gives you a discount for ordering more than one song. Digital sheet music club lets you get discounts anytime. All purchased pieces are available on the Music Notes App on your iPhone, iPad, etc. Only a limited selection of keys for transposing, and you have to purchase the correct key when you buy it, unless it’s a Scorch format song. 

Everynote.com: best classical downloadable music site. Very extensive.

Finding Recordings

I feel I should begin this section with a statement that I am passionate about buying recordings from the deserving artists who worked on them. I buy CD’s and digital albums regularly. Resources that allow you to preview recordings in their entirety are wonderful, but at the very least, consider buying albums by the people whose music you can’t stop playing on repeat. It will keep that good music coming in the future. 

Spotify. A massive database of recordings. Free use is limited. Paid use ($10/month) is unlimited. You can create and share playlists with anyone. If you download the app to your computer, you can sync your iTunes/Windows Media/etc. library to it and then have access to most of the songs in your home library via the mobile Spotify app.  

The Classical Archives: “the largest classical music site on the web.” Like Spotify for Classical music, except much more organized. You can find pieces filed under classical music labels (art song, symphony, sonata, etc.). Includes mp3’s and CD’s for purchase. Some recordings are free.

The Washington County Public Library: This is my local public library. The Ohio library system is wonderful, particularly their interlibrary loan system. I love to check out recordings (CD’s and DVD’s) through my public library. I’m always surprised by how many obscure items are in the catalogue. 

Classical MIDI with Words: If you’re familiar with MIDI software (SmartMusic, Finale, etc.), you can use the files on this site for many MIDI-related tasks: transposing, changing the tempo, seeing the audio on a staff, etc. 

iTunes store: You must have iTunes installed on your computer to use the iTunes store. You can also access it on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. A very extensive library.

ArkivMusic.com: Classical only. If you can’t find a classical here, it probably doesn’t exist. I’ll often use this to make searches on iTunes or Google or on OhioLink or the public library more productive. I’ll find all of the recordings that exist for my piece, and then search for the exact album name on another database. This is also a great site for getting the exact name information for your piece, including the song cycle/opera and opus number. 

OhioLink: This is a massive system of 88 academic libraries (including Marietta’s Washington State Community College and Marietta College) and the State Library of Ohio. You must be a student or faculty member at one of the 88 schools (list here) to access these resources. This is an exhaustive resource of audio and video recording, scores, sheet music, and research materials, including many online databases. 

Practicing

My recommendations for books and other resources on practicing on Amazon. 

Music Apps & Games

Musicians with Apps. Practice apps and much more, including games, composition software, flash cards, pitch and rhythm help, metronomes, etc.

Classics for Kids Games

Creating Music

Kaboose

Music Tech Teacher 

PBSKids 

Sight Reading and Ear Training

Sight Reading Factory: unlimited, customizable exercises for a small fee. Includes piano and voice sight-reading.  If you're one of my students, you can get a student account through me at a discounted price.

ABRSM Aural Trainer: an iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) app. A free lite version is available. 

Note Reading Apps 

Pitch Memory app

Thinking about a career in music?

Why should we teach music?

What It Takes to Be a Music Major: excellent article from MENC’s website

MENC's Careers in Music

BridgetoMusic.com has an extensive list of music schools, teachers, festivals, etc. throughout the country.

Berklee School of Music’s List of Careers in Music

PlaybillEDU

Bureau of Labor Statistics' Musicians, Singers, and Similar Career Statistics

Articles for Future Music Teachers from MENC (The Music Educators’ National Conference)

Research Resources

Wikipedia: a good place to start to get VERY general, introductory information. Good researchers use MANY resources, however. Don’t let Wikipedia be the beginning and the end of your research.

OhioLink: This is a massive system of 88 academic libraries (including Marietta’s Washington State Community College and Marietta College) and the State Library of Ohio. You must be a student or faculty member at one of the 88 schools (list here) to access these resources. This is an exhaustive resource of audio and video recording, scores, sheet music, and research materials, including many online databases. 

Harvard Music Library: Online Resources for Music Scholars: this is a wonderfully exhaustive list of online resources. Even if you’re not a Harvard student (and thus do not have access to the resources marked just for them), there are an enormous number of resources available to the general public on this list. Be sure to check with your community and college libraries for some of the items that are only for Harvard students. Even if you’re not a college student, many college libraries will allow you to use their computers, which have access to subscription databases. (See below for local college database links.)

The Aria Database: Information about operas, roles, and arias. You can search for all of the arias sung by a particular character in an opera, or all of the roles in a particular FACH. Many of the arias have an English translation for you to compare to your personal translation. There is also information about the range of some of the arias/roles, and the synopsis surrounding an aria. 

Opera Glass: A Stanford database including Libretti, Source Texts, Performance Histories, Synopses, Discographies, and Role Creators.

Musicals101: A huge resource for musical theatre information, including composer, synopsis, and role info; extensive musical theatre history; a blog; special topic essays; a musical film index; very practical advice on actually putting a musical together; and even a list of restaurant recommendations for NYC theater-goers.

Zotero.orgA Firefox extension that helps you organize your web resources, integrate them into Word, and cite them correctly. Great for more than just research papers.

Translating Resources

Google Translate: Includes adjectives in the target language. Also includes audio.

The Aria Database: Whole arias in English translation. Operas only.

The Lied and Art Song Texts Page: Songs (not from operas) in many translations, including English.

Diction and Pronunciation Resources

The International Phonetic Alphabet with Audio Illustrations: This is the whole IPA with audio for each symbol. Just click on the symbol, and QuickTime will open a file without having to leave the page. Many of these symbols are foreign to me since my training was only in English, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin, and French. 

Art Song Central now has free IPA translations for many of their pieces.

IPA Source: “the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.” There are a few free ones, but this is a paid service. Each song/aria will run you $2-3. A 6-month subscription to unlimited prints for individual use is $29.95. One year is $49.95. One year of studio use is $99.95 (unlimited distribution to students is allowed).

IPA Now!: IPANow! by PhoneticSoft is a powerful yet simple tool that automatically transcribes Latin, Italian, German and French texts into International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols by applying rules utilized by scholarly lyric diction textbooks. Simply type or paste in a text, and with the click of a button IPANow! produces an IPA transcription underneath each line of text that can then be exported in Rich Text Format (.rtf). $24.99.

Diction Helper: Audio pronunciation for songs/arias. “Each file contains a short introduction, followed by two "readings" of the foreign-language text.  The first reading is in a slow tempo, one syllable or phoneme per beat.  The second reading is in the musical rhythm of the song.” $1.99 each.

Gigs and Jobs for Musicians

Singer Subs: Find a singing job or hire a singer

YAP Tracker: Online Auditions Manager

The Business of Singing

Paid Choir Member Jobs

Other Resources for Musicians & Music Teachers

I keep a regularly-updated collection of recommendations on many subjects on Amazon.