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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 Performer as Voice Teacher

The Performer as Voice Teacher

(p.28) 7 The Performer as Voice Teacher
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the role of a former singer as voice teacher. There is a significant difference between the continental European teacher and the North American teacher; the latter has not only been listening analytically as a part of the performance experience but has also been applying the same analytical listening to students. By analyzing the performance of one's students day after day, one is able to keep a better check on one's own singing; the teacher/performer concurrently teaches both himself or herself and others. Graduate students who begin teaching duties almost always find that their own singing improves because of their diagnostic listening to other voices. Observers of the art of singing often find that no single vocal ideal is shared by all successful singers. This chapter considers some of the reasons why (although there are exceptions) good singers make good teachers, whereas less skillful singers make less successful teachers. It also discusses some other important parameters that the performer/teacher will have mastered in his or her own singing, and which will therefore be conveyable to the student singer.

Keywords:   singer, voice teacher, listening, singing, performer

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