“Nothing is beyond question.”
-Ken Bozeman, Interviews on Voice Matters, 12/19/17
In the most recent episode of Interviews on Voice Matters, Ken Bozeman made the point that voice teachers and voice scientists need each other. He was saying that voice scientists are not the ones in the trenches hearing voices all day, and likewise, singing teachers do not typically have science backgrounds.
If we are going to learn more about the voice, each type of voice professional has to come to the table. There are no discoveries about voice that DO NOT require a village to raise, apparently. And I wholeheartedly agree.
I’m looking for more of a balance between (right now) what I would say are three legs: voice science, historic pedagogy that has a proven track record, and then innate human response.
I point out that the conclusions and observations that I made back in ’89 – and first observed where my vowels wanted to turn over – required that I had seen a voice science chart of first formant locations. The scientists didn’t tell me that. It took someone in a voice studio dealing with voices all the time to observe that. So, it’s really a very important dialog we need to have.
And to this day, for example the things I’m doing in my application of [Ian Howell’s] work, I’m not getting from voice scientists. It’s coming from pedagogues. But it’s totally grounded in information that the voice scientists supplied us with. They’re playing a vital role.
-Ken Bozeman, Interviews on Voice Matters (34:41)
Which lead me to say further along in the interview, “we need each other.” Just like a happy, functional tribe, we work better together. We get more accomplished together. We are better able to help each other – together.