- Title Pages
- 1 Imagery and the Teaching of Singing
- 2 Five Principles for the Successful Teaching of Singing
- 3 <i>Covering</i> in the Singing Voice
- 4 The Open Throat (<i>La gola aperta</i>)
- 5 Breath Management, Diction, and the Vocal Legato
- 6 Diction and Vocal Technique
- 7 The Performer as Voice Teacher
- 8 Pedagogical Clothing for the Emperor and Empress
- 9 The “Tricky” Teacher
- 10 Woofy Baritones and Tinny Tenors
- 11 McPedagogy
- 12 “What You Need Is More Support!”
- 13 “Simplicity” in Singing
- 14 Teaching <i>Hearing</i> the Voice
- 15 Si canta come si parla?
- 16 How Singing Is <i>Not</i> Like Speaking
- 17 Thinking Phonetically (Values and Pitfalls of the IPA)
- 18 A Parable of the Foolish Baker
- 19 The Choral Conductor as Teacher of Vocal Technique
- 20 The Law of Contingency and Vocal Pedagogies
- 21 To Admire or to Teach?
- 22 Patching the Vocal Garment
- 23 Mysteries and Miracles
- 24 The Flat-Earth School of Vocal Pedagogy
- 25 Sharpening Up Some Old Pedagogical Saws
- 26 Open Windows
- 11 McPedagogy
- On the Art of Singing
- Oxford University Press
This chapter considers the so-called vocal McPedagogy, a form of nonsubstantive instruction in singing. McPedagogy consists of quick solutions, tricks, and gimmicks, largely based on mythological notions as to how the vocal instrument works. It is Pedagogy with Ease, pulled out of a bag of idiosyncratic invention, an alluring will-o'-the-wisp that entices many insecure voice teachers and singers. Popular “How to Sing” manuals and articles, with recipes for serving up fast nourishment for choral and solo singers, currently abound. McPedagogy is the quick fix for the problems of the singing voice, and fails to take into account the two basic principles of technical instruction: diagnosis and prescription. McPedagogy is on the way out, both in American and European vocal circles. The artist-teacher who requests that the student think purple or chartreuse, or who requests that floating tones emerge from chimneys on tops of heads, is no longer taken seriously. Today's student wants specific information, not McPedagogy.
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