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Lehigh Valley | Easton, Pennsylvania

Phillipsburg, NJ, Easton, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Allentown, Emmaus, Hellertown, Quakertown, and the nearby area.
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"One needs a voice teacher to learn singing technique, to solidify his singing foundation, and to add more delicate techniques as he continues his progress. Strengthening, training, and stamina-building are taught and drilled in the voice lessons. A voice teacher suggests and assigns repertoire; first, as a learning tool, later as a showcase to be added to the student's own portfolio."

Bel Canto

Watch a video on "Bel Canto" demonstrated by world class singers: Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, and Marilyn Horn.

Recently, a question was posted by a prospective student, "Do you teach styles other than Bel Canto?"

I responded with an answer pointing out two separate issues: first, a clarification of the term, "Bel Canto." Second, a direct answer to the question, "Which styles I teach," along with an extended explanation.

The question was a good one, and I think that the response will benefit a lot of people who seek voice study- both for themselves and for their children. It will also help clarify the mysteries about the art of singing. Therefore, I will share this information with the public.

Bel Canto can be dated back to the late 17th century. Literally, it means "beautiful singing," although the practice which came with the definition of the term has changed through time. Yet, in order to produce beautiful singing, a singer must sing consistently and flawlessly with (the connection of) line throughout her voice.

Such a practice is very difficult to obtain. One can read so many books about how to sing with line and how to sing the bel canto technique, but to wear the method comfortably, she must apply the knowledge by doing it repeatedly, systematically, and -even- daily, until it is ingrained into her -both physically and mentally. The more a singer performs is the more understanding and hands-on experience, and, therefore, the better the technique.

A long time ago, such technique and style of singing was utterly necessary, as the sound was to be produced on a stage for the whole audience without the help of any amplification. No microphones. No sound-editing software.

(In a way, I deeply appreciate that electronic sound engineering technology did not arrive until hundreds of years later. Had it been around, the history of singing would have been written differently.) The only “technology” which was apparent was the bel canto technique. The great thing about it was that a singer could take her "sound tech" with her everywhere, since it was the technique she owned within her body.

Bel canto might have started out as a style -the beautiful singing. However, such style can be obtained only after a singer has achieved the coordination of the body. One can say that the method relies heavily of the physique. Reaching an understanding how to coordinate one's body in order to produce beautiful sound is just the beginning of the process- that is, if a singer lasts long enough to arrive there. The technical aspect of bel canto takes years -even a lifetime. It depends on how one looks at it.

At this point, one may ask herself, "If it is so hard and taking so long, why should I bother to learn to sing the bel canto technique? After all, I only want to sing pop style. (You know,) Singing holding the mic on Karaoke nights without embarrassing myself."

Ah, but if one wants to sing without affecting the well-being of the body, and last as long as she wants to sing, it only makes sense that she learns how to properly care for her body through singing. To prevent an illness and to preserve the body and its functions, a person eats food that is good for the body and applies what she thinks is necessary to help keep it healthy. It would be going against the body if one doesn't apply good behavior to the body when it comes to singing. After all, in vocal production, the WHOLE body is one's own INSTRUMENT.

Like a classical student, when a student with the goal of singing pop walks into the studio, she will be introduced to the bel canto method in order to first understand the risk of misusing the body, and then to understand the proper use so that she can proceed with the voice study without hurting her instrument.

At the end of the day, she can use the foundation of the bel canto to flourish in any style of her choice.

The basics of my teaching (There is always room for exception.)

  1. Prepping for solid foundation
  2. Leaning -ability and flexibility
  3. The Breath -the ability of speaking the sound
  4. The use of the upper head cavity
  5. The use of the chest cavity
  6. Fluidity of the line throughout

Not one student is the same, and, therefore, the lessons are not the same for all, and no one-lesson is the same. Find out what yours might be.

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