Standards: The Art Songs of Pop Music
In classical singing, it is common practice to start a singer's journey into repertoire with Italian Art Songs. After some time spent on the Italian songs, we tend to introduce other art song literature by adding French, Spanish, German and English songs to the singer's repertoire.
Art song literature can be quite challenging technically, and as such it gives a thorough training in establishing a smooth, legato vocal line, the artistic use of dynamics, many essential aspects of ornamentation, as well as finding a balanced registration within the context of a musical setting (as opposed to what is found in the vocalises alone).
From the basis of training in art songs, a vocalist can begin to branch out into other forms of classical singing such as operatic arias a