What about breathing? Doesn’t correct breathing play an important part in your ability to produce good tone?

Of course. But the importance of breathing in singing has been overemphasized by voice teachers for too long a time. Correct breathing is a by-product of good technique - just like one's resonance quality is a by-product. You should never work directly at developing your breath unless you have a … Read more about What about breathing? Doesn’t correct breathing play an important part in your ability to produce good tone?

How do you determine what the tone quality of a singer’s voice should be?

Again, I don't! A singer's tone should be determined by his or her own individual vocal anatomy and not a predetermined ideal held by a teacher - or the student, for that matter! It should be a blend of the top, middle, and bottom resonance qualities that results when the singer's larynx remains in … Read more about How do you determine what the tone quality of a singer’s voice should be?

Aren’t those extremely high notes for voices in those classifications?

They shouldn't be if the larynx stays resting in a relaxed, stable speech-level position, allowing your vocal cords to adjust freely with your breath flow. Those pitches are well within the technical ability of a great many more people than you'd think. They may not sustain those notes constantly, … Read more about Aren’t those extremely high notes for voices in those classifications?

What do you expect the performing range of singers to be once they have studied with you?

Everyone has a different vocal ability, but, on the average:* Basses should be able to sing low E to G above middle C. * Baritones should be able to sing low G to B natural just below the Tenor high C. * Tenors should be able to sing C (below middle C) to E above high C. * Altos should be able to … Read more about What do you expect the performing range of singers to be once they have studied with you?

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