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date: 22 February 2020

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The acquisition of singing technique and the development of artistry are methodical processes. Teachers of singing must respect a hierarchy in developing a singer’s voice, as each aspect of technique builds upon and interacts with previous ones. Optimal technique is built through efficient use of the body, the careful design and usage of vocalises, the selection of appropriate repertoire, and the optimal structuring of practice sessions. Teaching technique is facilitated by employing knowledge drawn from voice physiology, voice acoustics, voice development/maturation, exercise physiology, and motor learning, all of which are used in combination with an experienced, discerning ear. Teachers must individualize training for each singer based on the strengths and weaknesses of the student and upon his or her learning style. This chapter describes the integration of these elements into an effective, evidence-based singing pedagogy.

Keywords: singing technique, vocalises, repertoire selection, structuring of practice, motor learning, evidence-based singing pedagogy

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