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Cum sa iti alegi profesorul de canto ?

Iata ca de multe ori dorinta de a invata sa cantam corect ne impinge de la spate fara discernamant. Avem impresia ca orice persoana angajata intr-o institutie pe post de profesor de canto,  trebuie sa aibe calitatile necesare unui pedagog, sa posede o tehnica de cant foarte buna si sa aibe experienta necesara. De multe ori trec mari perioade de timp pana sa ne dam seama ca alegerea facuta nu a fost cea mai reusita.

Exista o legatura foarte stransa care ia nastere intre profesor si student iar studentul este tentat sa-si incredinteze nu numai vocea dar si formarea caracterului in mainile maestrului sau.

Exista diferite tipare psihologice in care se inscriu profesorii si, fara sa insist asupra lor, voi da cateva exemple mai des intalnite.

profesorul exigent este cel care face studentul sa se simta prost daca nu reuseste sa execute ceea ce i se cere. De multe ori e posesiv si agresiv si asteapta ca studentul sa adopte total parerile si principiile sale. Se potriveste cu persoanele care dau randament cand lucreaza sub presiune.

– profesorul distant este cel care nu are timp de discutii cu caracter personal si se rezuma strict la profesie. Acesta nu va lupta niciodata pentru studentii sai, ii va lasa sa se zbata singuri in fata piedicilor. Se potriveste cu persoanele timide sau introvertite. Pozitiv este faptul ca studentul invata destul de repede sa nu se bazeze decat pe propria persoana.

profesorul prietenos care se apropie sufleteste de student si cauta sa fie un fel de exemplu de viata pentru el. De multe ori acesta asculta confesiunile studentului si cauta sa il sfatuiasca. Se formeaza o legatura personala foarte stransa. Se potriveste cu cei care cauta mai mult decat un profesor, cauta un mentor pe care sa il admire si sa il pretuiasca.

Dar dincolo de aceste tipologii, studentul e bine sa tina cont si de alti factori in momentul in care isi alege profesorul.

Iata cateva principii care ne pot ghida :

profesorul da dovada de rabdare in explicatii. Este important ca sa intelegem exact ceea ce ne explica si sa nu avem senzatia ca trebuie sa raspundem ca am inteles doar fiindca acesta isi pierde rabdarea. Intr-o ora de canto e deajuns sa intelegem pe deplin un singur aspect si este suficient !

profesorul de canto nu cere studentului lucruri bizare cum ar fi sa cante cu capul dat pe spate sau sa stea in pozitii nefiresti, sa supuna corpul la un travaliu fizic intutil, indiferent de ce explicatii elaborate ofera. Nimic nu trebuie sa fie nefiresc in cantat !

profesorul nu impune studentului sa il imite in modul de a canta. Studentul, in general, nu are o voce dezvoltata la nivelul profesorului si incercarea de a il imita il poate duce la o emisie vocala inproprie cu varsta sau cu calitatile sale momentane.

profesorul se ocupa de student cu toata atentia pe parcursul unei ore/sedinte de canto fara sa fie distras de convorbiri telefonice sau discutii cu terte persoane.

profesorul de canto se ocupa de un singur student odata. Este o conditie esentiala deoarece este aproape imposibil ca profesorul sa obtina eficienta maxima daca studentii canta in cor.

profesorul nu impune genul muzical. Desigur, putem accepta sfaturi competente in cazul in care vocea noastra nu se potriveste unui anumit gen muzical. Dar daca ne place muzica jazz si profesorul ne « forteaza » sa cantam muzica populara, ar fi bine sa cerem si o a doua parere.

In incheiere doresc sa subliniez faptul ca de la fiecare profesor putem invata cate ceva care sa ne fie folositor dar aceasta presupune sa avem deja o oarecare experienta.

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Many times the desire to learn how to properly sing pushes us from behind with no ability to discern. We are under the impression that any person holding the position of a vocal teacher in an educational institution must also have the qualities of a good educator, must master an impeccable singing technique and must have the proper experience. Often, it takes a while before we realize whether our choice of  a vocal coach was a good one or not.

There is a strong connection between the teacher and the student and the student is tempted to entrust not only his/her voice but also the shaping of his/her character to the master.

There are different psychological patterns which can describe a teacher and, without insisting upon them, I shall list a few frequent examples:

– The exigent teacher is the one who makes the student feel stupid if he/she cannot execute what is being asked of them. Often, this teacher is possessive and aggressive and expects that the student to completely embrace his principles and opinions. It is a good match for the persons who work best under pressure.

– The distant teacher is the one who has no time to talk to the student, sticking strictly to professional topics. This teacher will never fight for his students and he will let them struggle by themselves. It is a good match for the introverts and the shy. A good thing about him is that the student learns quickly never to rely on anybody other than him/herself.

– The friendly teacher is the one who tries to make a connection with the student and he tries to be a role model for the student. Often he listens to the student’s confessions and tries to advise him/her. There is a very strong bond. It’s a good match especially for those who search for more than a teacher, a mentor to look up to and to admire.

But beyond these descriptions, it is best that the student takes into account other factors when he/she chooses a teacher. 

Here are some principles we can use for guidance:

the teacher must be patient in his explanations. It is very important that we understand thoroughly what he is explaining to us and not be under the sensation that we must act like we understood only because the teacher is loosing his patience. During one lesson it is enough that we understand just one aspect, that should be sufficient!

the teacher does not require strange hings from the student’s part such as singing with his/her head tilted backwards or standing in unnatural positions, to put the body under unnecessary physical stress, regardless of what elaborate explications the teacher might give. Nothing should be unnatural about singing!

the teacher does not make the student imitate his style of singing. Generally, the student does not have a voice that is developed to the same level as the teacher’s, so the attempt to imitate him might lead him/her to an improper vocal emission, inappropriate to his/her age and vocal qualities.

the teacher focuses on the student with all his attention during class without letting himself be distracted by phone calls or discussions with other persons. 

– the teacher focuses on only one student at a time. It is an essential condition because it is almost impossible the the teacher obtain maximum efficiency if his students all sing at once. 

– the teacher does not enforce a certain musical genre. Certainly, we can accept reasonable advice if our voice is not suitable for a certain musical genre. But if we like jazz and our teacher “makes” us sing folk music, it is best that we seek a second opinion.

In closing, I wish to stress the fact that we can learn something useful from every teacher, but this requires that we already have some experience.

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