Like any kid who tells you at 5 that she wants to be a nurse, a teacher, Miss America and Barbie, I always had serious interests in multiple professions. I knew at an early age that I wanted to be: a professional Musician, a professional English Teacher, AND a professional Psychologist—all at the same time!! I was passionately interested in all of those professions and the truth is that all of those interests became the ingredients for the fuel that propelled my life choice to be a Voice Teacher!
First, the singer IS the ONLY instrument with The WORD. So, the study and understanding of great literature and poetry in any language, only augments what a trainer has to offer as a Vocal Coach! One of the obligations of the Vocal Coach is to help the student bring out the meaning of the story they are sharing so that their audience can feel their own feelings about their personal life experiences as they listen to the lyrics and musical content of a song. This is true for all music ranging from Classical to Pop!
Second, the Voice Teacher has to be part psychologist to deal with the varied issues of the singer. Singing is 1% physical and 99% psychological, so a trainer has to develop great skills in this area to help singers succeed and sustain their success no matter what the circumstances.
Third, it goes without saying that one has to be trained and mentored by excellent musicians who understand the history and cultures of many lands and peoples and their music…since the singer sings in many languages about the human condition. It’s all about the human condition, folks, whether you are singing about it, acting about it, writing about it, painting about it…In the arts, as in life, it’s all about the human condition!
In college I majored in Piano (Ruth Slenczynska), Cello (Joseph Pival) and Voice (Dale Moore). Ultimately, I received two degrees in Vocal Performance with post-graduate studies in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. My voice teacher encouraged me to start teaching voice at the ripe old age of twenty and I learned, as my experience grew, that I had the ability to help heal and advance the singer by changing faulty techniques used with new technologies I developed, which were much different from what I had been taught. More about that later…
I hope that over time I can shed a little light on various topics relating to the study of something you cannot see. I think this quote about the human voice is the truth:
“How wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul. The intellect of man is enthroned visibly on his forehead and in his eye, and the heart of man is written on his countenance, but the soul, the soul reveals itself in the voice only.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow