The application of vocal literature in the correction of vocal faults

Date of Completion

January 2005






Healthy vocal production requires attention to breath management, vocal resonance, vocal registration and physical freedom in singing. In addition, specific vocal faults must be addressed and corrected. Traditionally, such corrections are accomplished through a series of vocalises, designed to meet the needs of individual singers. While the vocalise is undeniably the most efficient method for the attainment of a solid vocal technique for most singers, the application of a newly acquired vocal technique to repertoire is frequently not successful. The reasons for this under-explored facet of vocal pedagogy are many and varied. ^ Because of the complexity of proper vocal production as it relates to the traditional, "classical" sound, this study is confined solely to the discussion of the soprano voice. A fundamental knowledge of the components of healthy vocal technique is necessary to the understanding of the application of vocal technique in repertoire. This study offers an overview of healthy vocal production, referencing the master vocal pedagogues from the old Italian school of singing of the nineteenth century through the contemporary pedagogues of the twenty-first century. In addition, vocal faults common to the soprano voice and methods of correction through the use of the vocalise are examined. Finally, the application of literature in the correction of these faults is explored. This fourth and final chapter of the study includes the elements of repertoire assignment, methods of learning a song, the effects of interpretation on vocal technique, articulation in singing, and the selection of appropriate song literature for the correction of specific vocal faults. ^