In preparation for writing my novel about singers, I have been reading old texts on singing. Interestingly, every one of these texts contradicts all the others. Singing teachers, apparently, have never agreed on what constitutes a proper path to voice. Whatever they did, whatever worked for them, is the only way to go. This is very important to them all. Any one who doesn’t follow their prescribed path does not deserve to be called an artist.
The one sentiment singing teachers all seem to share in common, however, is the idea that everything the other teachers teach is completely wrong. So wrong, in fact, that they insist the other teachers should be outlawed, restricted, jailed, tortured and killed. They are all very adamant on this point.
Apparently singing teachers are a very legalistic, litigious and tyrannical bunch, with dreams of resorting to the law to settle any dispute.
Perhaps this is why that anachronistic notion, copyright, does not simply go gentle into that good night.