Voice tuition: a study of Music students' learning experiences, expectations and performance at Kenyatta University
Andang'o, Elizabeth J. A.
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This study is about voice tuition at Kenyatta University. The students carried it out as a result of observations suggesting some apathy towards voice tuition. They appeared to have little interest in developing their skilled in voice. The current status of voice tuition was therefore explored, in terms of the actual practices being undertaken during teaching and learning. Renown authors have stressed the uniqueness of the human voices as an instrument, and its potential, which supersedes that of any other existing instrument. They strongly advocate for its study, while also cautioning tutors to teach correct principles to enhance its development. Two important principles to cultivate in students are practice and musical independence. Descriptive methods were employed to obtain the information. Questionnaires were given to voice tutors and students, soliciting information on the teaching and learning processes respectively. Interviews corroborated the information in the questionnaires. Forty-four students and five tutors made up the sample of the study. Data analysis was carried out using tables for the students and prose for tutors. The findings, also discussed in accordance with the objectives, compared voice tuition at Kenyatta University with findings of renown authors. Voice tuition at Kenyatta University was found wanting in important areas such as practice, performance within the university and the students' level of musicianship. The voice tutors acknowledged the need for seminars and workshops to equip them with more skills for teaching As a recommendation, an ideal situation in voice tuition was laid out so as to put the Kenyatta University situation in a clearer perspective. This touched on breathing attack, registration, resonance and articulation. In summary, although voice tuition at Kenyatta University is on the right track to success, much needs to be done to realize it.
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