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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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Imagery and the Teaching of Singing

Imagery and the Teaching of Singing

(p.3) 1 Imagery and the Teaching of Singing
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the role of imagery in the teaching of singing. Technical imagery is mostly of value if it is associated with already established, repeatable functional freedom. After the singer has learned to coordinate breath management and proper laryngeal and resonatory responses, an image may be useful in unifying those functions. The superimposition of imagery on the student beforehand may bring more confusion than assistance. Imagery should not be part of the first steps in teaching the technical coordination of the singing instrument. Singing, with its initially complex elements of vocal timbres, text, and the whole ambiance of performance, is highly personal. The singer will very quickly develop personal, functional imagery. Attempting to superimpose one's own physical imaging on another person is generally less than successful. Especially in the early phases of voice teaching, technical imaging should be used with caution.

Keywords:   technical imagery, breath management, singing, functional imagery, physical imaging, voice teaching, technical imaging

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