Using Digital Technology in a Voice Lesson


  • David Bell The University of Calgary


Traditional practices from the past are deep rooted and slow to change. Today's technology being then unknown made development of the singing voice entirely dependent upon the ear, the good taste in style, and the musicality of the teacher. The vocal needs today require bigger voices due to present day size of concert halls and opera houses. They are larger in every way over performing areas of the past. Filling these spaces, a singer must have an energized instrument which necessitates finding new avenues that point the way to increased vocal energy without harming the voice, i.e.balanced resonance. Computer analysis programs which are relatively inexpensive and readily portable fitwell into voice studios. Energies such as harmonics (formants), vowel consonant relationship and vibrato can easily be checked on a computer screen.