ABSTRACT

This article provides a brief overview of some of the most seminal and important events in the history of singing voice pedagogy, from the earliest historical writings through the most recent twenty-first century developments. Topics include primary sources from the Renaissance through the romantic eras; an exploration of bel canto concepts and methodologies; reflections on figures such as Manuel García II, William Vennard, Ralph Appelman, and Richard Miller; the history of professional organizations in the United States and their role in shaping scholarly discourse in voice pedagogy; the revelation and influence of acoustic theory, vocology, and contemporary commercial music (CCM) pedagogy in recent decades; and a look at the pedagogical horizon in the coming decades. Readers are provided with additional resources for further study.