Toward a Methodology of Vocal Pedagogy Research

Richard Kennell

Abstract


This paper will consider the cultural artifact we call vocal pedagogy. While the word "pedagogy" often presents multiple meanings, here it will specifically refer to the interaction of expert teacher and novice student in a one-on-one studio lesson. The studio teacher's art has long been considered to be beyond the capabilities of empirical analysis. Yet,we instinctively are drawn to the Svengalilike powers of the studio teacher. We are fascinated by the use of language to
compel behavior, to facilitate learning. The study of one-on-one voice teaching offers us the opportunity to observe at close hand how language mediates teaching and learning, and to begin to crack open the mysteries of the art of teaching.

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