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Imagery and Science in Singing Pedagogy: Redefining Imagination – A First Step to Resolving the Debate

Brown, Jenna; (2023) Imagery and Science in Singing Pedagogy: Redefining Imagination – A First Step to Resolving the Debate. Voice and Speech Review , 17 (1) pp. 26-35. 10.1080/23268263.2021.1999584. Green open access

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Abstract

Traditional imagery in bel canto singing teaching methods appear, at face value, to be the antithesis of contemporary approaches to voice science. However, pedagogical analysis of the use of imagery, which considers the relationship between ontology, language, and practice, suggests that this is a false dichotomy, predicated on a lack of clear communication and shared aims between scientists and teachers. Imagination-based teaching strategies can be synthesized with a rigorous understanding of voice science if pedagogical and research aims are aligned and a unified language for learning is developed through collaboration between voice scientists, singing teachers, and performers. To achieve this, the field must first redefine the understanding of the nature of imagination and its application to the creation of a new scientifically accurate imagery schema.

Type: Article
Title: Imagery and Science in Singing Pedagogy: Redefining Imagination – A First Step to Resolving the Debate
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/23268263.2021.1999584
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23268263.2021.1999584
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Singing, voice, science, pedagogy, imagination, philosophy, language
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189895
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