Music education is all about training the imagination! And because I’m passionate about singing well, my own imagination is constantly getting stretched, tweaked and cultivated.
In the classic Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, a little girl named Susan Walker (played by Natalie Wood) has never exercised her imagination. So Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) coaches her patiently in the art of pretending.
Voice lessons are actually based on the same principle, that a kindly mentor can shape his student’s earliest experiments in creativity. And by the time she goes onstage to sing a role, a young opera singer needs to be very good at pretending!
Of course, this always includes a lot of discipline and hard work. We tend to assume that…
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