5. Applied Pedagogy

Applied Pedagogy with Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn


Bio: Jeanne Goffi-Fynn is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Doctoral Cohort Program in the Program of Music at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Her areas of interest include Development and Performance for Singers, Applied Studio Teaching, Voice Development and Pedagogy across styles, Collaborative Mentoring, and Ensemble Singing.  She is also a Singing Voice Specialist, specifically in the retraining of singers, with MTD a specific area of interest. She has presented workshops and pedagogical presentations with NATS, The Voice Foundation, NYSTA, CMS, ACDA, NYSSMA, ICVT and ISME.  She is currently a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing (AATS) and serves with Opera America on their Singers Training Forum, Board of Overseers and Strategic Committee.  She also is currently President of NATS_NYC where she developed a new Mentorship Program, currently in its fifth year.  Additionally, she is Chair of the National NATS Mentoring Initiatives, which oversees aspects of mentoring with NATS . Finally, she has developed Vocal Workshops at TC, aiding both the education of graduate students while developing young singers between 11-17, a program which grew out of her experience with Every Voice Choir.  She teaches at International Lyric Academy during summers as well.  JeanneGoffiFynn.com


Course DescriptionThis course offers an applied study of singing and teaching in studio voice.   We will examine research in teaching and learning and connect these concepts to our knowledge of the voice

Course Goals and Learning Objectives:

  • Review how the voice functions and what is healthy and unhealthy voice production 
  • Understand the physiology of singing for all singers of all ages and levels and to suggest improvements in pedagogical approaches considering needs of students
  • Learn how to encourage a creative approach towards singing instruction for an inclusive approach
  • To improve voice instruction in various instructional mediums/forms (e.g., choral settings, applied or studio lessons, group classes).
  • Reflect on repertoire options for different contexts and ages of singers to include options such as pop, classical, CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music), among others
  • To practice teaching in an effort to connect theory with practice

Learning outcomes:

  • Competence in understanding of the current knowledge of the singing voice in practical settings
  • Competence in a pedagogical approach that is inclusive in both musical styles and diverse populations. 
  • Competence in curriculum design and teaching strategies
  • Reflection on your own teaching 

About the Courses:

The courses are asynchronous, and you can start them at any time. Once you begin the course, you will have 3 months to complete all of the modules and assignments. You will not be able to extend the duration of a course once you begin. 

Each course is about 10 hours of content, with a quiz after each module, and 3 assignments that are due at various points in the course.

In order to receive the Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate (DVP), you will need to pass all of the courses with a B- (80) or higher.

You are encouraged to take the courses in the order they are listed, as they each build in content. However, it is not required.

Each course is $300 for NYSTA members and $350 for non-members. You must be signed in as a member in order to purchase the course at the member rate.

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