Kevin Michael Jones has taught, lectured and performed across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. An advocate for all styles of singing, Kevin earned a B.M. in Vocal Music Education from Millikin University in 2011 and an M.M. in Voice Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2015. The latter school was the first in the country to offer dedicated teacher training for Commercial Music and Musical Theatre singing (in addition to traditional Classical singing techniques). In 2023, he will complete the 1-year Speech Language Pathology Preparatory program at The University of Colorado Boulder. Kevin is also an Illinois state-certified K-12 music educator, a Level III-certified Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method instructor, and a multi-time participant of The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Instute. He currently maintains a thriving voice studio in central Illinois and has been part of the Millikin School of Music faculty since 2016. His students have performed in venues around the world.
As a voice instructor, Kevin is a strong proponent of functional voice training. This philosophical approach promotes gradual development of mechanical control over any sung sound without sacrificing freedom or authenticity. It conditions the muscles of the vocal mechanism, over time, through exercises, to respond automatically and provides a basis to strengthen and stabilize the overall sound. It also allows each student to make sounds they want to make while bringing out the individuality of the voice-- thereby enhancing the uniqueness of vocal expression in any and all styles of music. More information available here.
As a director and music director, Kevin has overseen various performances, ranging from concerts and cabarets to musicals and operas. His songwriting has been featured in venues across the United States. Recently, he collaborated with Lilly Award-winning director/producer Shakina Nayfack to develop The Craft: The Musical. A reading of the show was produced and staged by Musical Theatre Factory in New York City. Other notable songwriting works include the one-act musical Campfire Stories and the song cycle Tales.
Kevin has been recognized as an authority on musical theatre and pop/rock repertoire & vocal styles. He is the founder of Musical Theatre Resources, a popular musical theatre voice blog, and Radio Songs for Singers, an prominent pop/rock vocal repertoire website. Kevin’s online articles have been shared by prestigious organizations such as The Voice Foundation, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Chicago Lyric Opera, and The Australian Voice Association.
Disciplines: Applied Voice Lessons, Vocal Pedagogy, Pop/Rock Vocal Seminar, Theatre Music Direction