I recently had the privilege of being asked to co-present a Master-class in Melbourne for VCE singing students for ANATS (Victoria Chapter.) It was an interesting day and unfortunately we ran out of time before addressing some of the questions which were raised after the Master-class.
I was hoping to raise stylistic issues with students, but found due to the immediate need for discussion regarding mechanistic issues in some of the students who presented that I primarily needed to address vocal technique.
As a Singing Teacher primarily teaching with vocal health and production foremost in my mind (and my methodology), I could not overlook some of the potentially troublesome issues, such as alignment and support. It is futile addressing style when a voice is hampered by lack of understanding and application in both of these important elements of voice production, and vital these issues are addressed by singing teachers teaching contemporary styles in Melbourne.