Vocal Pedagogy

I have had a question about music and I just spoke to my younger sister who is a classically trained vocalist. I am not an expert on music but I think about it often. I asked my sister why it is so difficult for her to sing music that is not a part of her vocal training. She told me that the training very much affects what she is able to do with her voice.

image file "Concert" - Erocle de' Roberti c. 1490
“Concert” – Erocle de’ Roberti c. 1490

For instance, I have never heard her sing a song that I’ve heard on the radio without it sounding somewhat classical. It is an interesting topic to me. I found some information on vocal training on Wikipedia and will include a portion in this blog along with a url for anyone who is interested in where I got the info.

“Vocal pedagogy is the study of the teaching of singing. The art and science of vocal pedagogy has a long
history that began in Ancient Greece[citation needed] and continues to develop and change today. Professions
that practice the art and science of vocal pedagogy include vocal coaches, choral directors, vocal music
educators, opera directors, and other teachers of singing.

Vocal pedagogy concepts are a part of developing proper vocal technique. Typical areas of study include the
following:

Anatomy and physiology as it relates to the physical process of singing
Vocal health and voice disorders related to singing
Breathing and air support for singing
Phonation
Vocal resonation or Voice projection
Vocal registration: a particular series of tones, produced in the same vibratory pattern of the vocal folds,
and possessing the same quality, which originate in laryngeal function, because each of these vibratory
patterns appears within a particular range of pitches and produces certain characteristic sounds.
Voice classification
Vocal styles: for classical singers, this includes styles ranging from Lieder to opera; for pop singers,
styles can include “belted out” a blues ballads; for jazz singers, styles can include Swing ballads and
scatting.
Techniques used in styles such as sostenuto and legato, range extension, tone quality, vibrato, and
coloratura.”

wikipedia (https: // ) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing


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