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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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What the Vocal Arts Laboratory Can and Cannot Do

What the Vocal Arts Laboratory Can and Cannot Do

94 What the Vocal Arts Laboratory Can and Cannot Do
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers what the vocal arts laboratory can and cannot do in the teaching of singing. Expectations are sometimes unrealistic as to what can be learned from objective measurements of the singing voice. Part of the reason for some resistance to the application of the findings of vocal research to vocal pedagogy grows out of a misconception as to what the vocal arts laboratory is about. The vocal arts laboratory deals with the art of vocalism and the art of performance, rather than pure scientific investigation. Much of what a vocal laboratory can tell us deals directly with basic techniques that concern the singer and the voice teacher. The vocal arts laboratory does not make the voice teacher superfluous, replace traditional vocal instruction, or replace the musicianly ear of either the teacher or the student. It accelerates the removal of technical barriers so that artistry can become the singer's primary concern. This chapter discusses some of the advantages of a vocal arts laboratory and lists some useful equipment for a vocal arts center.

Keywords:   vocal arts laboratory, singing, singing voice, vocal pedagogy, vocalism, performance, singer, voice teacher, vocal instruction, vocal arts center

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