vocal teacher

Voice Science F.A.Q.

How about teachers who say they teach the „scientific“ method of singing?

Many teachers in recent history have fallen victim to what has been erroneously termed „voice science“. You see, any time you associate something with the word „science“, it automatically assumes an aura of truth. That's very attractive to both teachers and students, who are anxious to grab onto anything that offers them hope of understanding what has unfortunately become a very confusing subject.

Choosing a Vocal Teacher F.A.Q.

How does one select a voice teacher?

First of all, you must be able to discern whether or not a teacher is primarily a voice technique teacher – one who shows you how to sing, or whether he/she is primarily a voice coach – one who shows you what to sing. Of the two types, the voice technique teacher is the most important, because without the technical ability to sing flexibly and clearly in all parts of your range, you are very limited to the material you can do.

Singing in Choir F.A.Q.

Should your vocal technique be the same for choral (ensemble) singing as it is for solo singing?

Yes, you should always use the same vocal technique, whether you sing solo or in a group. However, choral directors sometimes want you to modify your tone (change the way you sing) in order to blend with the other singers in the group. This may be okay for those singers who have developed a solid vocal technique, but dangerous for those – the majority – who haven't. You blend, all right – but at what cost? A singer should never compromise correct speech-level technique.

Professional advice on tone development

How do you determine what the tone quality of a singer's voice should be?

A singer's tone should be determined by his or her own individual vocal anatomy and not a predetermined ideal held by a teacher – or the student, for that matter! It should be a blend of the top, middle, and bottom resonance qualities that results when the singer's larynx remains in a relaxed, stable position.

What about breathing? Doesn't correct breathing play an important part in your ability to produce good tone?

Singing in Foreign Languages

Should beginning voice students sing in foreign languages?

All you should know about vocal practicing

How soon in my training program can I expect to sing high notes easily?

Immediately, since in our approach there is no strain involved in the production of tone anywhere in one's range. You must move quickly into the extreme ranges to ensure that you don't get locked in to any one part of your range.

What about teachers who say you should build your middle range before you try to extend it up or down?

The Young Voice F.A.Q.

How do you teach young voices, say under fifteen years of age?

For both boys and girls, basic musicianship should begin as soon as possible. A stringed instrument such as violin, viola or cello is good to learn, li gives the youngster a feeling of long, continuous, bowed lines, and a „vibratoed“ quality of tone which is indeed similar to the singing voice. Piano and guitar are also very good as they will help in the later study of harmony and be useful as a means of self-accompaniment. Naturally, with all instruments, the involvement with reading music and rhythm is invaluable.