Why do people speak of their teachers as singers?
Students at the vocal school in Chennai have been vocal in the past.
But when it comes to teachers, the vocalists are treated as the teachers.
As one student told The Hindu, “As a student I was taught how to sing in English.
But now, when I ask my teacher why he doesn’t teach me, he asks me, ‘Why do you speak of your teacher as a singer?’.”
As a vocalist, I don’t have a voice but I don, too, learn from my teachers.
There is a certain expectation that the vocalist is a singer.
So it’s natural for me to ask, ‘What do you want me to do if I want to be a singer?’
I just listened to music,” a student said. “
When I was a student in Chennai, teachers didn’t sing, so I didn’t speak.
I just listened to music,” a student said.
“So when I was in school, I would sing in my heart.”
One teacher in Chennai said that the only thing he wants from his students is that they will not be vocal.
According to the VSEI’s director general, Dr S.R. Venkateswaran, “It is a teacher’s duty to teach students how to communicate and how to perform, but the vocal teacher is a very important part of our education.
It’s not only for singing, but for writing too.
If you don’t write well, you don,t learn.””
I am not interested in teaching them how to write,” he said.
Vocal teachers are required to take the same training as the vocal students in Tamil Nadu.
They have to have been teachers of five years or more in Tamil and have a minimum of 12 years of experience in teaching students.
In the VCE, the teachers are also required to be proficient in the language and have been working in Tamil for at least five years.
“In the VIE, teachers must have been trained for the age of 18 years.
If they don’t, then they are not qualified,” Venkatswaran said.
As part of the VISEI’s programme of educational reforms, all teachers have been given the opportunity to study in the public sector.
“If a teacher gets a scholarship, he gets to go to an educational institution and study.
I don.t want to see teachers who don’t know the basics of the profession in the government’s schools,” Venkataswaran added.
Vessels have been banned in the state since April, and in some cases, teachers have lost their jobs because they had not practised their profession.
While some schools have implemented the ban, others have banned all singing altogether.
But the vocal teachers are not afraid of their position.
“I have never given up singing in my life,” said V. V. Krishnan, a vocal teacher at the Chennai vocal school.
“As long as I can teach people how to read, write and understand Tamil, then I will do it.”