Title

Vocal education and performance realities

Document Type

Conference publication

Publication details

Carriage, L 2001, 'Vocal education and performance realities', Creating musical futures: challenges to music education in the 21st Century : National Council of Tertiary Music Schools Conference, Byron Bay, NSW, 30 June - 2 July, National Council of Tertiary Music Schools, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld.

Abstract

How can we ensure that vocal education and pedagogical approaches address performance realities? Vocal education in the future will necessitate a better understanding of the experience and needs of voice students and performers. In this paper, I consider this question by focusing on exploratory research I have conducted on the experience of contemporary Australian female vocalists. This research provides information on five key areas: career development and early influences; the role of music education; vocal problems and vocal preservation; possible barriers to participation; discrimination. Interestingly vocal education in the practice of styles, techniques and knowledge of popular music was seen by most respondents as important - even for those who themselves had had limited formal musical education. However, a majority of respondents also felt vocal education needed to do a better job of imparting an understanding of the nature of contemporary vocal practice and its industry settings. As music educators, we will need to meet this challenge, particularly within technology-intensive institutions.