Learning and Studying

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 - August 4, 1875)

“I’m Fond of Reading…”

Santa Fe Opera -- Apprentice Program -- Summer 1981 Arden Sugarman as "Tatania" in Tchaikovsky’s opera "Eugene Onegin"

Make daily practice fun and productive! These supplemental materials will guide and support you as your learn and grow.

Learning and Studying

Apply, Organize, Grow

Five Elements of Proper Singing Posture
A good, quick quide to proper singing posture.

How to Approach a New Song
Learn a new piece correctly, the first time!

IPA Translation Example
Brackets above the vocal line contain the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols; word-by-word translations are written below the sung line.

Musical Terms
Enhance your ongoing study of the language of music with this compilation of frequently-used musical terms.

Read Preparing Music for Your Accompanist
Here is one guide for preparing copies of original sheet music. Please be aware, however, that copyright law is taken very seriously. Prior to each audition, Arden suggests that you research that company or institution’s audition guidelines; for many classical vocal auditions, copies are not allowed, and singers must bring original sheet music. For example:

NATS Policy on Copyright Laws

The National Association of Teachers of Singing endorses a strict policy regarding copyright laws. The use of photocopied music is prohibited at all NATS sponsored events, from the national to the chapter level. Exceptions are:

  • Music that is out of print, still under copyright law, with permission from a publisher.
  • Sheet music or books for which the copyright has expired, but available in CD format. (e.g., CD Sheet Music)
  • A student may be disqualified if it is determined that there has been a violation of the copyright laws.


Repertoire List – Classical

Repertoire List – Musical Theatre & Contemporary Genres
Maintain an ongoing personal inventory of your repertoire for all genres. These two examples show how easy it is to be ready for that next performance, audition, or musical event. No more searching through piles of sheet music or music books!

The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology
Alphabetical listings of songs and shows.

A Singer’s Self-Inventory
Take this “self-inventory” to start the process of self-awareness as relates to your career goals.

Tongue Twisters
Tongue twisters are a fun way to keep your articulators facile! Try them!

Vocapedia
Vocapedia is now available to answer your questions on thousands of topics related to all aspects of singing, repertoire, vocal science and much more.