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In preparation for the Lied and Mélodies Interpretation Course I shall be giving for the Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung im Holzhausenschlößchen (Frankfurt, Germany) May 9-11, 2011, I am reading – once again – Lotte Lehmann’s book More Than Singing: The Interpretation of Songs. According to a note on the first page, I seem to have bought it in April 1990 in San Francisco… a longtime companion in my study of the song repertoire.
Teacher-Singer Partnership: How can I gain full benefit from my vocal studies? How can I provide a better voice instruction?
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Working with a beginner takes a similar approach at first whatever the vocal category. The basics notions of posture and breathing are almost identical. However, once the true voice type of the student is established, a voice tutor must respect it. Teaching a soprano in the mezzo range does not help at all; training a tenor as a baritone until he gains high notes is counter-productive, to say the least. It is of the utmost importance that a student be trained in his/her appropriate vocal category.