Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Are We the National Association of Teachers of Classical Singing? (Revisiting 1985)

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Are We the National Association of Teachers of Classical Singing? (Revisiting 1985)

Article excerpt

AT SOME RECENT WORKSHOPS AND MASTER CLASSES, I've been introduced as a pioneer in Contemporary Commercial Music ("nonclassical") and child voice pedagogy. After laboring in the NATS trenches for over twenty six years, the positive recognition of some trend-setting ideas that challenged traditional voice pedagogy is much appreciated. I'm thrilled to see CCM voice science and pedagogy now mainstreamed in many colleges, universities, and independent studios. Since our bandwagon occupancy is continually growing, I thought it might be worthwhile to revisit a time when the bandwagon had a lot fewer riders. May 1985 introduced the very first column in The NATS Bulletin dedicated to what was then called "nonclassical" singing and voice pedagogy. Under the banner, "The Bach to Rock Connection," the piece entitled, "Are We the National Association of Teachers of Classical Singing?" asked who we were as an organization. For those of you who were on board with me then, it will be a trip down memory lane. For those of you who are new to the bandwagon, it's a bit of a history lesson. For those who are considering jumping on the vehicle, I've revised the column a bit to reflect twenty-first century references and current JOS practice, but the message still rings true. …

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