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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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Teaching Voices of the Opposite Gender

Teaching Voices of the Opposite Gender

79 Teaching Voices of the Opposite Gender
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers whether a voice teacher can be equally successful in teaching both male and female students. Some female teachers of singing are most comfortable teaching only female voices, and there are male teachers who feel most successful teaching male voices. Yet most people who make their livelihood as singing teachers must deal with both female and male singers. Modeling, which plays an important role in the teaching of any instrument, may temporarily prove problematic if the voice student is not of the teacher's own vocal type or gender. Nevertheless, it is possible to teach singing without modeling. Because the principles of good technical training deal universally with breath management, laryngeal freedom, and resonance balancing, regardless of gender or vocal category, the good teacher of singing should be equally confident in teaching both male and female students.

Keywords:   voice teacher, singing, female voice, male voice, modeling, voice student, breath management, resonance balancing, gender, vocal category

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