"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn."
(John Cotton Dana)
I firmly believe
that no one should teach who does not
like to learn. The joy of learning is contagious. Teachers should
be curious about new vocal literature and stay up-to-date with stylistic
evolutions, technology, and
pedagogical tools. Every piece of new knowledge makes the teacher a better
teacher and the student more likely to learn. Students and teachers alike
should all strive to develop their potential to their very best. This is the
foundation on which I build my teaching. Right now, I am developing my teaching skills in commercial singing techniques.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
to sing is a vocal as well as a personal journey. Singers bring with them various
musical and life experiences along with their vocal and musical talents. It is
my task to understand where the student stands in their vocal
development, to foster their curiosity, and to help them discover the next
level of artistry in themselves. As a teacher, I am responsible for creating a favorable
environment for intellectual and vocal growth. Once the favorable environment
is present, I guide my students through their musical, vocal, and personal progress.
“The unity of breath, alignment and word is like three children playing in a ring...
If one lets go, all become helpless.”
technique is the first skill a teacher should teach her students. Be it a
commercial vocal technique or a classical vocal technique. For
classical singing, I believe in
a non-harmful vocal production which can be best described as balanced
breathing (intercostal-abdominal breathing), balanced breath support
(inspiratory and expiratory muscles regulating subglottal pressure),
resonance production (the development of the singer’s formant and chiaro-oscuro),
and relaxed articulation (jaw and tongue in particular) that will contribute to
a beautiful legato and a clear diction. I agree with the ideals of the Italianate
model of singing which have led to the international school of singing. To
make these vocal concepts understandable, I like to use emotional,
sensational, kinesthetic, and rational ways of illustration.