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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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The Wisdom of the Body in Singing

The Wisdom of the Body in Singing

66 The Wisdom of the Body in Singing
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the importance of the singing instrument—the body—in singing. Achieving vocal perfection is not a realizable goal in early study years; learning proper coordination that will allow freedom is. For some singers, however, this becomes a lifetime search. The body must be able to respond to the technical information it receives. In the process of detailing corrective devices, a voice teacher sometimes runs the peril of ignoring the wisdom of the body. It should be the goal of good vocal pedagogy to avoid contributing to either hyperfunction or hypofunction among cooperating muscle groups. The wisdom of the body must be permitted to make repeatable those coordinations that produce freedom in singing. When the body is free, spiritual and artistic expression can be realized through the singing voice.

Keywords:   singing instrument, body, singing, vocal pedagogy, singing voice

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