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How do humans best learn? Does a "technophysical" approach to singing align with what we know about the way humans develop and acquire new skills?
Having defined in the first article what might be meant by "technique" and drawn out a particular meaning of this word, which I've called "technophysical", I look at what assumptions we must make for such an approach to be useful in learning.
It seems to me that the assumptions fall into three categories: of clarity, of methods of learning and the assumption that the physical is the primary, or at least hugely important, source of trouble or success in singing.
As always, it is important to me to stress that I think the findings of voice science are of huge importance to teachers, and perhaps to singers too. The questions I am asking are about the best ways for singers to learn and perform: how do we integrate and balance the findings of anatomy and acoustics into our singing and teaching?
Having drawn out the assumptions I believe are necessary to adhere to a technophysical approach in singing teaching, in the next article I can really start to dig into the implications. This is where it should get interesting.
Article three, on the assumption of clarity in technophysical description, up before the end of October 2015.
Alex Ashworth is Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He is also a highly active singer. His undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge was in Natural Sciences. In this blog and his essays he shares his enquiries into the nature of singing and of learning to sing. He would be delighted to hear from you if you have any thoughts or responses.