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date: 15 December 2019

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This chapter details what is involved in teaching to meet the needs of the professional singer. In working with professional singers, the teacher assumes a slightly different role from that appropriate to dealing with beginning and developing students and amateurs. Here, the teacher is more of a senior adviser. The chapter begins with a discussion about what defines someone as a professional singer. Following this, it explores the many facets of life as a professional singer, and the teacher’s role in guiding singers through this lifestyle. Topics covered include auditions, training to meet professional demands (vocal, linguistic, musical, acting, and movement skill requirements), preparing for performances, performing, rehearsing, maintaining vocal health, dealing with performance anxiety, and managing a career.

Keywords: professional singer, auditions, performance preparation, performing, rehearsing, vocal health, performance anxiety, career management

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