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date: 22 November 2019

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The progression from enthusiast to professional is sometimes marked by full-time training in a conservatory. This chapter describes each aspect of the conservatory experience, from the selection process and successful auditioning, through undergraduate and graduate curricula, to advanced study and apprenticeships. At each stage, the similarities and differences between training programs for classical and musical theater performers are explored. Curricular descriptions include an emphasis on the roles of the singing teacher, the vocal coach, the spoken voice instructor, language teachers, movement specialists, and acting teachers. Other aspects are also considered, including coursework in music theory, music history, repertoire seminars, the study of another instrument, ensemble classes, and performance opportunities. Additional chapter resources include a list of websites of leading conservatories around the world.

Keywords: conservatories, auditioning, vocal training curricula, apprentice Programs, young artist Programs

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