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On the Art of Singing$
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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

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The Seven Pillars of Performance Success

The Seven Pillars of Performance Success

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(p.149) 48 The Seven Pillars of Performance Success
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On the Art of Singing
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Richard Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0048

This chapter considers the seven pillars of a singer's performance success: musicianship, vocal technique, artistic imagination, objectivity, perseverance, talent, and business acumen. In order to achieve a high level of performance success, one must be first a musician and second a singer. Also, individuality in the singing instrument stems from structural differences and from the uniqueness of the individual artistic imagination, not from mysteries regarding the functional aspects of the singing instrument. A common problem of the motivated student is to confuse ability and self-esteem. This confusion must not deter the vocal teacher from objectively teaching such a person. This leads to the importance of perseverance in career development. But the pillar that is often considered the most essential is natural vocal talent. This chapter also suggests that the same kind of devotion needed for the building of a business career is essential to the building of the performance career.

Keywords:   singer, performance, musicianship, vocal technique, artistic imagination, objectivity, perseverance, talent, business acumen, career development

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