I would like to learn to sing, ideally with a large variety of textures. In my googling, it seemed widely accepted that classical vocal styles were safer (reducing long term voice damage) than belting.
However, classical teachers also seem to strongly discourage pop singing, screaming, growling, etc.
While I realize that there may be some inherently dangerous textures, I'd rather not be constrained to operatic singing. I don't plan on singing unamplified to a large crowd.
Is it possible to safely sing with a non-classical vocal technique? Am I necessarily endangering my voice if I take belting lessons?