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Samuel Oram


Holistic Vocal Pedagogy: Exploring Ideas of Identity, Motivation and Resilience to Develop Sustainable Careers for Classical Singers.

The vocal-instrument and student are combined physiologically, musically, and emotionally. Vocal pedagogy often only considers issues such as healthy phonation, linguistic prowess, and informed performance practise to be of paramount importance and generally neglects an understanding of the student’s basic emotional needs. Extrinsic realities such as gender, race, socio-economic status and previous education exist throughout a student’s lifetime and directly affect a student’s sense of identity, belonging and competence. This then intrinsically shapes and informs the student’s sense of self-efficacy, motivation, and achievement. 

In an ever-changing professional landscape, a focus on developing emotional or sociocultural support systems within one-to-one singing lessons at Higher Education could have direct influence on individual students’ liminal transitions and on early-career achievement. But how can these aspects of a student’s life be fostered within the one-to-one musical teaching environment?

This research will explore the definition and of holistic education within the context of one-to-one singing lessons; various singing teacher’s understanding of pedagogical approaches; and, the effect of these approaches on the liminal transition from music student to professional musician. In short, it aims to further singing teacher’s understanding about their own processes and the effects that their pedagogical methods have of a student’s self-actualisation, musical identity, and early-career achievement.




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