TRIPARTITE UNITY: WHAT STUDENTS EXPECT FROM THEIR TEACHER AND ACCOMPANIST DURING INDIVIDUAL SINGING LESSONS; pp. 404–421Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/tr.2011.4.05
A successful singing lesson requires coordinated efforts from the three parties involved: student, teacher, and accompanist. Results are reported of a survey in which 32 statements were rated on a 5-point Likert scale by high-school students, university students, and professional singers from an opera chorus. The statements were related to students’ expectations of their teacher and accompanist during individual singing lessons. Participants were also able to add their own comments to the questionnaire. Results demonstrate that students expect a partnership to develop between the three parties in a singing lesson. The teacher is expected to have a positive attitude, professional and up-to-date skills, and the ability to motivate students to work more efficiently. Alongside progress in musical terms, students expect to receive assistance from their teacher in how better to cope with increasingly stressful situations during a public performance.
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