I want to confront directly one of most puzzling issues in voice instruction, and I want to do so by posing a simple question: Why are most voice teachers unable to teach their students the best way to improve their singing voices?
I wrestled with this question for years and I believe that I have formulated a good theory: Despite the voice training that they may have undergone, most voice teachers begin as natural singers and never had to learn to sing. That is, they never went through the difficult and eye-opening experience of learning about the mechanics of voice production and how best to use their voices in song. In many instances, young, natural singers gain their ability by simply imitating other singers and find this to be a relatively fast and easy way to practice and learn the art form.
There is yet another down side to a singer having natural ability that is even more fundamental: Since most voice teachers begin as ignorant, natural singers, they are in the bizarre position of trying to teach a complex process that they, at best, only partially understand. So what do they teach to their unwitting students? Concepts and exercise routines that they have learned from their teachers who themselves began as natural singers and who also were largely ignorant of the process of voice production in singing and why they were able to sing artistically. This form of teaching in virtual blindness has a long, unfortunate history and is largely responsible for the battering the noble art form of singing has taken throughout the ages.
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