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CMVT Certification
Two-year Certification Course - 120 hours. Certification Course I must be taken before Certification Course II.
The next CMVT I Course will take place July 10-20 2014, at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester NH.

Tuition and Housing Information
Tuition: $2,100.
Dorm accommodation and Meals, including parking, is $945 (10-nights single occupancy, air-conditioned rooms and linens).
Commuters will need to allow for lunches. We suggest you budget about $80-$100.

Both CMVT Courses takes place in conjunction with one of our summer workshops and require familiarity with the McClosky techniques as outlined in McClosky's book, Your Voice at its Best. The techniques, developed in the 1940's and 50's by David Blair McClosky, have been used successfully throughout the world in the development of strong healthy voices and in the rehabilitation of troubled voices. The techniques, when mastered, provide a comprehensive system for sound production, incorporating body alignment, breath, and freedom of the throat musculature, to allow an easy-onset tone with strength, projection, and endurance.

The primary goal of the Certification Course is to develop personal mastery of the techniques in the singing and speaking voice. This is an essential criterion for the Certification process because CMVTs must exemplify the techniques in their own voice use as well as in teaching the techniques. Daily group and individual technical lessons, plus follow-up assignments throughout the year between the courses, provide the framework for all certification candidates to attain mastery of the techniques by Year 2 and to develop an assured teaching manner.

The second goal of the Certification Course is a thorough knowledge in the related areas of vocal anatomy, physiology and voice disorders, as well as an understanding of the issues involved when interacting with other voice professionals.

Year 1 - Topics/Activities (Click for detailed schedule)
Unit 1 Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 2 McClosky Vocal Techniques
Unit 3 Common Voice Disorders

Unit 4 Observation of Master teachers in the workshop

Year 2 - Topics/Activities (Click for detailed schedule)
Unit 1 Advanced topics in Anatomy

Unit 2 Applications of McClosky Vocal Techniques to vocal problems
Unit 3 Ethics and Professionalism; the voice team; the Institute
Unit 4 Practicum; supervised teaching in the workshop

Faculty for the Certification Course are experienced professionals certified by the Institute.

*A. Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Voice or a related field; significant professional experience may also be considered.

*B. Completion of a recent MIV 3-day Summer Seminar or study with a CMVT.

*C. A letter of recommendation from a CMVT.


Successful completion of both summer sessions, including written examinations, practicum and instructor conferences, satisfies the requirements to be a Certified McClosky Voice Technician. All documents are due by April 15, 2014. An application form,$25 application fee, transcript from the most recent degree attained, and a recommendation form from a CMVT are required. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 1, 2014. Upon acceptance, a deposit of $300.00 is due by May 15 to reserve a slot. A course packet will be sent at that time.

Enrollment is limited.

Graduate Credit is available from Northwestern Louisiana State University.
Cost: $100 per credit hour.

You may elect up to 4 credit hours for the course.   CEUs are also available for a small fee.

To apply for enrollment or for further information, please contact: Jay Lane, CMVT @ (978) 897-5372 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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