Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
On the Art of Singing$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 07 December 2019

Mysteries and Miracles

Mysteries and Miracles

Chapter:
(p.68) 23 Mysteries and Miracles
Source:
On the Art of Singing
Author(s):

Richard Miller

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0023

This chapter considers the use of “mystery” techniques in voice lessons and whether they will produce miracles for the student. It argues that skillful singing depends on repeatable maneuvers that permit artistic imagination to emerge, and not on mysterious maneuvers that are magically elicited through Svengalian influences. The presence of an audience, and the excitement generated by performance circumstances, can at times enhance coordination to the improvement of vocal sound (or inhibit it). There is, indeed, a kind of magic that surrounds an excellent performance; performer and listener experience a mysterious unity. But mysteries and miracles are not the source of performance enhancement. The voice teacher who believes he or she is dealing in secret discoveries regarding the technical aspects of singing reveals a lack of information about the voice as an instrument, and knows little of comparative vocal pedagogy.

Keywords:   mystery techniques, voice lessons, singing, performance, voice teacher, voice, vocal pedagogy

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .