Ethics, Psychology, and Vocal Pedagogy
Having discussed the historical background to the singing teacher's work, this chapter considers the contribution that ethics and psychology make to vocal pedagogy. In a singing practice there are ethical obligations upon both the teacher and student. The teacher would be well advised to discuss with parents any problems which young students are experiencing as soon as they present, so that suitable action may be taken in good time. It is unethical to use professional singers as 'advertisement fodder' for the teacher unless the singer's written permission has been sought and granted. For musical effort to be rewarding, the teacher has to recognize the student's musical achievements and give a good measure of teacher approval. The learning process in music involves two primary aspects: acquisition and retention of musical information and experience, and the development of musical skills. Strong motivation advances learning because it increases attention to the job in hand, to mental effort, and to perseverance with difficulties.