I teach singing technique. Sometimes students want to be taught a specific genre of singing. Do you know the difference between singing technique vs singing genre?
Inside this video I’ll explain singing technique vs singing genre and why you should know about this before you start studying with a singing teacher.
Occasionally I get asked if I teach classical or opera and if not, what do I teach.
Singing Technique vs Singing Genre
I’ve learned to say I teach singing technique but not a specific genre or style. I teach students how to sing correctly, not what to sing.
What is Singing Technique? Singing Technique is a vocal pedagogy. Wikipedia says:
Vocal pedagogy is the study of the art and science of voice instruction. It is used in the teaching of singing and assists in defining what singing is, how singing works, and how proper singing technique is accomplished.
Specifically I teach you vocal exercises that establishes the vocal registers of chest, middle, and head voice. I teach you how to move easily from your chest voice to middle, and to head voice without straining, cracking, or breaking into falsetto.
The exercises cause students to increase their upper range and strengthen and improve tone quality. In turn this improves their confidence and ability to perform.
What is Singing Genre
In contrast, a singing genre means singing a specific kind of music. There are many genres and subgenres of music. For example, Alternative, which includes subcategories such as Punk, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock to name a few.
Other genres include, Rock, Pop, Metal, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Country, Broadway, Classical, Opera, and dozens of others.
Teaching singing genre would mean I specialize in teaching one or more singing genres. This may include specializing in teaching you repertoire. This is specific songs within a genre.
For example, if you were going to study with a teacher who specialized in teaching opera repertoire, you would expect to be given coaching to learn operas by Mozart, Wagner, Puccini and other masters.
In contrast, as a teacher of singing technique, my work is to help the singer learn proper singing and I help them apply it to the genre of their choice. In my case, my students sing different genres according to their interest.
My expertise lies in teaching you to sing technically so well that it transforms your singing. This includes bridging from chest to head voice without reaching. This opens the doors to singing any genre you love with a foundation of great technique.
As a teacher of singing technique I am able to rehabilitate, in conjunction with medical professionals, injured voices damaged by poor singing technique.
On a personal note, I’ve had several voice teachers who were actually more teachers of singing genre than singing technique. This is the reason my first two teachers, who had their Masters in Vocal Performance, were able to teach opera, but new nothing about teaching me to sing from chest into head voice. Nor were they able to help me acquire vibrato.
I get real joy helping students learn to bridge and get vibrato along with other important skills of singing.
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Key to Improving Your Singing Technique is to Know Your Vocal Type
Do you know your vocal type? I’m not talking about whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing through the vocal bridge.
Go to PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover you vocal type.
Go to the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type and download the free exercises and start practicing. They’ll help you progress rapidly.
Be sure and join me for my live YouTube Broadcast held each week on Tuesdays at 2pm Mountain Daylight Time. In this week’s live broadcast we’ll talk about the Pillars of Good Singing Technique and answer your questions about singing.
I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.
I’ll see you inside the next video.