The Bundesverband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen (BDG) e.V. is a national association of singing teachers in Germany, whose members include free-lance practitioners as well as those working in conservatoires and other teaching institutions at all levels. It was formed in Detmold on 16 April 1988 in Detmold, and was itself a founder member of the European Voice Teachers Association (EVTA). It pursues strictly non-commercial objectives.
The BDG offers in-service and further training opportunities, forums, congresses and interdisciplinary collaboration in order to disseminate interesting teaching strategies and results of new research into voice production, as well as to provide opportunities for an exchange of views among professionals in the field.
Prof. Christiane Iven has been an active member of the BDG and EVTA since 2014.
Since the summer of 2015, together with her colleagues Sabine Lahm and Brigitte Jäger, she has been organizing highly interesting further training courses on all aspects of the voice for ‘BDG vor Ort München’ (BDG Munich branch).
Information on past courses on the subjects of ‘Vocal Workout’ and ‘Voice Fächer: determination, boundaries and repertoire’ can be found here.
In addition, Prof. Christiane Iven is teaching on the course (GPZ) organized by the BDG for singing teachers under the title ‘Imparting competences in singing teaching and voice physiology’, which is taking place in Fulda from March to November 2016. Prof. Iven is giving an introduction to the topic of ‘effective and constructive communication in the teaching context’.
Singers who have already completed their course at a conservatoire, along with school and church musicians and leaders of choirs and ensembles, can take this opportunity of further training under highly qualified practitioners in the field; certificates will be awarded for successful completion.