This past week, I was at voice faculty meeting at my conservatoire in Canada and one of our teachers, who is also an active chairperson in our local chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, gave a short presentation on an exciting new educational NATS initiative: “Vocapedia“, a website dedicated to the science and pedagogy of the singing voice.
Here is a quick overview, quoted from their site, of what they aim to do with the resource:
The mission of Vocapedia is to present educational resources relevant to:
the anatomic and physiologic basic of singing
the acoustics of the singing voice; the acoustical basis of resonance
the physical health of the vocal mechanism
the science of learning and mental processes involved in singing and teaching of singing
current and historical thought on pedagogical practice.
The intent is not to prescribe techniques, services, practices, or styles of singing, or the teaching of singing. Rather, the aim is to present resources that provide rational thinking and facts as they are currently accepted in the scientific community, from authors who have demonstrated their expertise.
The site promises to become a foundational point of reference for those seeking information about all aspects of singing physiology, technique, and pedagogy.
I do encourage everyone to click through the links and spend some time exploring this exciting new initiative!