Frank Merriman: singing teacher, vocal coach, "Freer of Voices"
News and updates of the Bel Canto House School of Singing in Dublin, Ireland and in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
How My Singing School Follows McCormack’s Bel Canto Tradition
I teach my students at the Bel Canto House School of Singing to work for the goal of VOCAL FREEDOM. Each student’s voice is unique and the task of Bel Canto training is to open up that unique and unrepeatable natural voice to reach its fullest potential, and never to force the voice to imitate another person’s sound. Students of authentic Bel Canto learn the expressiveness and beauty of singing through telling the story rather than getting lost in a series of mechanical exercises that only serve to distract students from their own individuality. Other “methods” of teaching singing are only an attempt at merely physical singing to produce a sequence of tones and sounds, but true Bel Canto teaches students to communicate the human spirit clearly with true art.