ABSTRACT

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores the voice pedagogy history of the institution and its impact on actor training. It argues that many of the key creators and voice trainers at the Royal Shakespeare Company were pivotal figures in developing the modern concept of voice training for actors in the United Kingdom and in the United States. The book offers a similarly comprehensive view of singing pedagogy history. Arguably, more has been written on singing pedagogy than on any other kind of voice training specialty. The book looks at figures who deserve greater attention within voice pedagogy. It discusses the birth of vocology, its relationship to audiology, and vocology’s place within voice pedagogy and the voice profession. Voice teachers not only impart skills and concepts about voice itself, but teachers also impart pedagogy either explicitly or implicitly to their students.