…is it important?
Although humans as a species have not changed much in the past 200 years, our lifestyles have! Every aspect of how we live — how we work, how we play, technology, cars, concepts of physical beauty — all greatly influence how we think and process information, and more importantly, how we exist in our bodies. Those factors in turn impact how we sing and how we learn. So while one can understand and desire the vocal freedom and virtuousity that singers of the past have demonstrated, today we have to approach the learning process in a different way. For example, in the past many singers had three to five lessons per week! They never had an opportunity to learn a bad habit because their teachers in essence guided their daily practice. We do not have such a luxury in our world today, so each lesson must not only guide the student for that hour, but also equip the student with the concepts and information so that s/he can continue his or her progress during the time between lessons.