Vocal Pedagogy for Today’s Music
It is not unusual to hear singing teachers say “if you can sing classically, you can sing anything”. This is simply not true. Classical singing, aimed at classical repertoire, develops many useful vocal capacities, but there are some very specific abilities that it does not develop and some abilities that it can absolutely interfere with developing that are necessary requisites in CCM styles. Looking at classical training as a “one size fits all” approach is unfortunate, as the commercial success of all CCM styles continues to grow, while the opposite can be said to be true of classical music of all kinds.
Classical vocal pedagogy, particularly at the university level, is generally living in the pre-1968 world as if all of the music written in CCM styles had never occurred, or as if it didn’t matter. Teachers who did not or could not adapt (and there are many) have no approach to help a student master a rock song except the two tried and true tools from traditional vocal instruction – breath support and resonance (or placement). In all but the most unusual cases, these are not nearly adequate to meet functional needs of singers who must perform “Gethsemane” from Jesus Christ Superstar eight shows a week on Broadway. SVW™ The LoVetri Method exists to rectify this situation.
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