Kashu-do Teacher Training Program 2016

Teacher Training


The future of singing depends on the caliber of the voice pedagogues that are available to coming generations of singers. More than ever, it is necessary to make sense of objective information (what we know) together with the subjective (what we instinctively understand).  Participants are chosen based on experience for two (2) levels: 1) Teachers with several years of  experience. 2) Beginning Teachers desiring to learn fundamentals of pedagogy or to deepen their knowledge


Teacher Training had its inaugural year in 2015 when 12 teachers came together to discuss the anatomical and acoustic structure of the voice, and then shared their individual approaches to the teaching of singing.  What was remarkable is that after the initial sessions on vocal structure, each teacher understood profoundly how their individual approaches fit in the greater structure and how much they could learn from all those who were present.  In a show of humility and trust, all the teachers volunteered to sing for the group and were given suggestions on what could be improved. Every professional experienced immediate positive changes in their singing.  This group of teachers are connected together through a Facebook Group and continue to share their ideas.  Dr. LaFond’s objective for this course is to take away the fear of being judged:

“It is my profound belief that each voice teacher has valuable information to share.  That is why they are so passionate about what they teach.  Nevertheless, none of us has all the information.  Voice is muscular, acoustic, psychological, spiritual, and more…My hope is that once we understand the fundamental structure of the vocal instrument, we can begin to understand how our individual approaches effect the instrument and the human being that it occupies. From there we can see the virtues of individual approaches as well as their limitations. From there we can see the value of learning from each other.


Classes will be offered covering:

Fundamental Anatomy and Acoustics

EGG (Electro-glottography) and EMG (Electro-myography)

The similarities and differences between the different voice types (male, female, high voice, low voice, etc)

Understanding register events both acoustically and muscularly

Understanding paradoxical muscular functions (muscles in the body tend to function as inter-dependent pairs)

Emotions and singing

The music and how it effects function (musicality as a facilitator to technique, and how the music informs the technique)

Physical Fitness and Singing

Nutrition, hydration and sleep and how they effect the voice

Mental focus and Singing

Understanding the code words of Bel Canto

Vocal disorders and possible treatments

The voice in choral and ensemble settings

Belting:  Safe and unsafe strategies


Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond, Kashu-do Opera Studios, Härnösands Folkhögskolan Kapellsberg Musiklinje (Opera Studio)

Dr. Kathrine Osborne, University of Northern Iowa, Winner of the 2014 Van Lawrence Prize in Vocal Pedagogy

Additional lectures from world renown pedagogues, including: 

Helén Lundquist-Dahlén, Härnösands Folkhögskolan Kapellsberg Musiklinje

George Shirley, University of Michigan 

Michel Grillo-Hart, Cirev-Paris; 

Sylvie Haeverts, Cirev-Paris, 

Karin Bengtsdotter Olsson, Härnösands Folkhögskolan Kapellsberg Musiklinje (Opera Studio)

Sifu Karl Romain, World Champion Kung Fu and Tai Chi master

Masterclasses by Academy Faculty including:

Philipp Vogler, Hochschule für Musik München

John Massaro, Phoenix Opera (Arizona U.S.A)

Daniel Beckwith, Conductor/Pianist including Metropolitan Opera (N.Y.) 

Marc Verzatt, Regisseur/Dancer, Yale School of Music (U.S.A)

And more…

Tuition: The two-week course will cost 15000 SEK.

Application Deadline: 1 June 2016 or until all spots are filled (maximum 20 participants).

Room and Board:  Participants reside in student apartments (double occupancy 2600 SEK, or single occupancy 3900 SEK for 13 nights, 7- 20 August) equipped with kitchen. Students have the option of buying their own food and cooking in their apartments or may opt for the campus food service (2 meals--Lunch and Supper daily for 2865 SEK (Lunch on 8 August to Lunch on 20 August. Students typically go out for supper after the final concert on the last day).  Breakfast is optional for 650 SEK. In case of early arrival or late departure, extra nights may be booked for 350 SEK per night (single room) or 250 SEK per night (double room) including breakfast.

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