- 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
- (p.88) 26 Open Windows
- On the Art of Singing
- Oxford University Press
This chapter presents the transcript of a keynote address delivered by the author at the National Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 3, 1983. The author talks about the NATS as an organization known for opening windows to a broad spectrum of vocal knowledge, claiming that most of the healthy breezes that blow through vocal pedagogy today have been germinated within the NATS by openness on the part of its members to the exchange of information. He also reflects on how singers and teachers of singing sometimes spend their energies on peripheral considerations about the singing art instead of being centered on the acquisition of technical skills that allow artistic communication. He also describes different types of voice teachers who are seated behind closed windows in the vocal pedagogy room.
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