The human voice is a complex mechanism capable of great expression, a range of coordinated motion from basic speech to the highly athletic act of singing over an orchestra, and above all else, meaningful communication.
These courses seeks to:
- introduce undergraduate and graduate level instrumental students to a basic physiological understanding of the voice, its suboptimal, optimal, and super-optimal use;
- illuminate the paradoxes that must be understood and overcome to cultivate a solid and reliable singing technique;
- teach the student to use their voice in an optimal manner regardless of stylistic considerations;
- impart a vocabulary to describe optimal and successfully expressive singing, and to cultivate a critical ear when listening to singers;
- and strengthen and develop (through classroom exercises, clear and simple take home exercises, and individual coaching) each student’s individual voice and ability to comfortably sing in public.