Classical & Modern Singing At COTA

Classical & Modern Singing At COTA

What is Classical & Modern Singing?

Calling one’s self a classical singer is simply a generic term that implies you sing music that is classical, baroque, opera, choral, etc. Being classically trained means you’ve gone through formal instruction at a school of music or conservatory which covers subjects beyond just breathing and vocalizing whiles A contemporary singing technique is an approach to training your voice that allows you to sing CCM (contemporary commercial music) styles, such as Pop, RnB, Jazz, Rock, Musical Theatre and Folk. Vocal exercises used in training contemporary singers include: scales, modes and arpeggios.


You’ve undergone rigorous training to master your instrument or voice, usually with private lessons, masterclasses, recitals, solo, and ensemble performances. Training may begin even in early childhood: it’s not uncommon for toddlers to begin the basics of piano or Suzuki for string instruments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is modern singing?

A contemporary singing technique is an approach to training your voice that allows you to sing CCM (contemporary commercial music) styles, such as Pop, RnB, Jazz, Rock, Musical Theatre and Folk. Vocal exercises used in training contemporary singers include: scales, modes and arpeggios.

What makes a classical singer?

One of the biggest differences between these styles is the way a singer uses their larynx while singing, as this will vary based on their vocal style. Classical singers tend to use a low larynx technique, which creates a more open, rounded sound. Pop singers use a high larynx, which makes their vocals brighter.

Is classical singing head voice?

This feel has been described as “head voice” which has as its true source the complex balanced interplay between the closer and stretcher muscles. One might think of head voice as “upper full voice.” Head voice is often used by male and female classical singers as they sing in the upper part of their range.

What is the difference between classical and contemporary music?

AK: Both contemporary and classical music includes sight reading, strong ear training and of course, instrument playing development. Contemporary music generally focuses on Rock & Pop genres. Classical music can be demanding as it requires a proficiency in sight reading and near pitch-perfect ear training.

How many types of singing are there?

However, most classical music systems acknowledge seven different major voice categories. Women are typically divided into three groups: soprano, mezzo-soprano, and contralto. Men are usually divided into four groups: countertenor, tenor, baritone, and bass.

What does it mean to be classically trained?

Someone who has been classically trained in something such as art, music, or ballet has learned the traditional skills and methods of that subject.

Can classical singers sing pop?

You can certainly learn how to sing pop – for classical singers, this might take practice, but your strong technique will stand you in very good stead. There are several well-known artists who have made the bridge back and forth between the two worlds.

Is classical singing and opera the same thing?

Even in the classical music world this is confusing to. Classical singing and opera are different as well. Take Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ for example. It’s written by a classical composer, sung by many opera singers, and is usually sung in head voice.

Do soprano singers use falsetto?

Sopranos usually sing in head voice more often than chest because the majority of their tessitura lies in the upper middle/lower head region. The falsetto register is used by male countertenors to sing in the alto and occasionally the soprano range and was the standard before women sang in choirs.

How long does it take to become a classically trained singer?

Classical singing will typically take 4 years to learn with a college degree, or 3-4 years through an individual grading system. Vocalists can speed up this process by working with a classical tutor, but they still have to cover all techniques and music theory required to be a classical singer.

Can I learn classical singing online?

These online classes are specifically designed for you – who have limited access to singing coaches and tools – to go from being a novice to an absolute star performer. You will learn the basics of Hindustani Classical Music.

Is head voice a soprano?

That said, in the musical theater world, sopranos typically try to use chest voice up to somewhere between C5-G5 (as I said, it varies by vocalist) before switching to head voice.

What is belting when singing?

Belting is a singing term that refers to singing notes in your head voice range with the power of your chest voice.

Why does classical music have no drums?

In other words, martial music, the march, is the form that evolves into jazz and various pop forms familiar now. So, classical music didn’t focus on percussion as a principle instrument like today’s pop styles, because the style evolved from sacred vocal music rather than martial music.

What is the technique of classical acting?

Classical acting is a type of acting that is based on the theories and systems of select classical actors including Konstantin Stanislavski and Michel Saint-Denis, including the expression of the body, voice, imagination, personalizing, improvisation, external stimuli, and script analysis.