Music Perception

What is your philosophy on teaching voice?

I believe that everyone can learn to sing and learn to sing better. So-called “tone-deaf” people aren’t really deaf at all, unless they cannot hear other sounds. It is just a matter of tuning the “inner ear” (the brain) and then matching that pitch. This can be done in a matter of weeks or months.

I teach a classical singing technique based on the physiology of the voice. I believe that understanding how the voice and its components work help me as a teacher direct a student to the correct sound. If someone uses their voice the way it was meant to be used, then they will be able to sing in any style by changing the stylistic means, and not the way they sing. I do not, however, bog students down with anatomy; I just tell them enough so that they understand the basics. I do this so that should they study voice with another teacher down the road, they will be able to select a teacher that teaches physiologically sound principles, and not about “fairies fliying in the head,” or some such nonsense.