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ERIC Number: ED513169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 266
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-8913-8
Perspectives of Opera Singer Training and Education through an Examination of Collegiate-Level Opera Programs
Graham, Carleen Ray
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University
The publication and exchange of pedagogical information on opera singer training has traditionally been anecdotal and not derived from empirical investigation. There appears to be a lack of communication or understanding between the educators who train aspiring opera singers and others who work with them in professional performing environments that has led to a conflict of expectations. Therefore qualitative research of post-secondary training programs could be an important way to increase understanding of educational processes, stimulate dialogue and collaboration between academia and the professional world, and further enhance the professional preparation and education of unique and authentic performing artists. This qualitative study examined three post-secondary opera training programs in the United States. Data were obtained from on-site interviews of faculty, administrators and students; observations of rehearsals, classes and lessons; and web-based and paper supporting artifacts. Findings suggested that professional success was viewed through a blend of extrinsic skills and individual, intrinsic qualities. Participants believed that the role of training programs was to promote the development of extrinsic or technical skills and vocal technique was the most important skill to acquire in order to have a professional career. Emergent themes included a focus on technical skill development, especially vocal technique. Voice faculty seemed to have significant influence over their respective students, who in turn, place great value on this relationship. Faculty and students had differing perspectives about the time required to develop technical skills and personal qualities for a professional career. Cooperation and communication among faculty, administration, and with faculty in other departments such as the orchestra, significantly impacted the functioning and success of the opera program. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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