The latest essay is up. If you are interested in the implications of the language you use in singing teaching, or in thinking about your own singing, do look it up in Essays.
Is it always clear and helpful to refer to anatomy and acoustics in singing? Does the language of science bring an undisputed clarity to teaching? The Language of Singing is the first in a pair of essays looking at the metaphorical implications of the language of science for singers. It looks at how contemporary linguists think we understand meaning, and how metaphor is crucial to all language. The second will dig down into the hidden metaphorical implications that can go unnoticed in the language of science, and their consequences for singers.
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.