Location: Michigan, USA
Kenneth Roger Westerman is a life long resident of Ann Arbor Michigan and a product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, singing in the choirs at Ann Arbor High School for Mary Ellen Henkel and Robert Pratt. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition from Yale University. While at Yale he sang with the Battell Chapel Choir, Yale Glee Club, Spizzwinks, and the Whiffenpoofs. Mr. Westerman received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan. He studied voice with his mother Carol Westerman, Blake Stern, Harold Haugh, Leonard Johnson, Oscar Henry, Gail Tremetier, his sister Jean Westerman Gregg past president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and George Shirley. He studied conducting with Fenno Heath, Thomas Hilbish, Brock McElheran, Gregg Smith, Ward Swingle, Howard Swan, Pat Gardner, John Lehman, and Jerry Blackstone. Mr. Westerman taught vocal music for the Ann Arbor Public Schools for 35 years; from 1975 to 1981 at Scarlett Junior High and from 1981 to 2010 at Pioneer High School. Information about the Pioneer Choirs can be found at this link http://pioneer2.aaps.k12.mi.us/choir/
Kenneth R. married Cherry Whitcomb in 1971. They have a daughter, Erica, who graduated from Pioneer, Yale, University of New Hampshire, received a Phd in Ecology and Environmental Biology from Yale and is currently a post doctoral research fellow at the University of Chicago. Their son, Michael, graduated from Pioneer, Bowdoin, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He works for Deloitte Consulting LLP in Detroit. Cherry taught vocal music at Slauson Middle School in Ann Arbor from 1982 to 2011.
Kenneth R. Westerman has been strongly influenced by the experiences of his mother and father, Carol and Kenneth Neville Westerman. Carol was born in Glenwood, Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the McPhail's School of Music in Minneapolis. Kenneth N. was born in Adrian, Michigan. Kenneth N. received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Adrian College in Music Education, Bachelor and Master of Arts in Music and a Doctorate in Voice Science all from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Carol taught vocal music in the public schools of Detroit and Ann Arbor. Kenneth N. taught vocal music in the public schools of Adrian and Alpena, Michigan. Kenneth N. also conducted the University of Michigan Choral Union, Men's Glee Club, and served as a morale officer during World War I in Waco Texas and Washington D.C. Kenneth N. was a charter member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing forming their first Voice Science committee. Kenneth N. Westerman's book, Emergent Voice, insists that teaching voice from sound back to the body is counterproductive and inefficient. All of the Westermans advocate teaching voice from alignment to respiration to phonation to resonation to articulation and finally to interpretation.