The Abt Collection

Many fine vocalization books have been published since the 18th and 19th century. In general, these books follow the same format of beginning with simple vocal concepts and gradually building more and more complex musical skills. While many teachers readily grab a copy of the Marchesi book, or the often utilized Vaccai, there is another [...]

Teach Less and Learn More

Cornelius Reid often said that as voice teachers we are in the business of observing a natural phenomenon and causing changes in that through the application of vocal exercises utilizing the triangle of pitch, vowel, and intensity. Much like contemplating the sea, a voice teacher's first goal should be astute and careful observation before any [...]

Perfection in Singing

The following is taken verbatim from Sound, Self, and Song: Essays on the Teaching of Singing by Earl William Jones, published by Scarecrow Press in 1989: Perfection in singing is the best of an existential present. It is apparent that if the words "in singing" are deleted the definition applies to any art, to all [...]