Breakout Session

Assessment Tools for Applied Voice Teachers

Saturday, July 9 • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Presenters: Daniel Hunter-Holly, Corinne Ness
Introduced by: Kathryn Duax
Location: Marriott Ballroom - 4th Floor

Assessment is a daily activity for voice teachers. We hear students, diagnose vocal deficiencies, offer tools for improvement, and evaluate the impact of these tools on student performance. Yet the field of voice teaching has been slow to embrace more formal evaluation tools and assessments. This workshop aims to build discussion around assessment for voice students through an overview of performance based-assessment for voice study, as well as methods and materials for assessing applied voice students. Participants will receive templates for practice guidelines, lesson journals, voice jury rubrics, and goal setting forms that can be utilized in applied teaching.

About Daniel Hunter-Holly

daniel_hunter_holly_head_shot_copy.jpgDr. Daniel Hunter-Holly, baritone, is assistant professor of voice at the University of Texas at Brownsville where he teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, and opera workshop. He is an active recitalist, specializing in American art song and French mélodies. In addition to his ongoing interest in body mapping and historical vocal technique, Dr. Hunter-Holly’s current research focuses on teaching techniques that strengthen a comprehensive liberal arts education within the music degree curriculum. His students regularly place as winners and finalists in National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions. He holds degrees in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and University of California Santa Barbara.

About Corinne Ness

Corinne_Ness_Headshot_022_copy.jpgCorinne Ness is music department chair and director of music theatre at Carthage College. Equally at home in classical and contemporary repertoire, Dr. Ness’ students have gone on to professional careers in opera and music theatre performance, music education, and arts administration. Dr. Ness has been a speaker at the International Symposium on the Phenomenon of the Voice, the Estill World Voice Symposium at Harvard University, the National Opera Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her article on teaching music theatre was published in the Opera Journal in 2014. Dr. Ness is a frequent collaborator with music theatre programs at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Nanjing University of the Arts, and the Beijing Central Academy of Drama. In 2013, she was a featured presenter at the Chinese national conference on music theatre. Dr. Ness created a visiting scholar mentoring program for Chinese teachers of music theatre.

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