Why is it that vocal teachers seldom let their students practice singing acapella? I am a person who learn very much from practicing acapella. Why do they seem to dislike acapella and always play the piano?

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    What is it that you learn singing acapella that can't be done with accompaniment? – Tim Dec 15 '19 at 15:08
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    I think this is an opinion based question. My vocal coach always makes (encourages) me do exercise acapella. So it may just be your teacher. – ggcg Dec 15 '19 at 15:22
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    Without accompaniment you can focus on imitation and how certain intervals really feel. You are really forced to use your ears and muscles without the piano. With piano i I focus too much on just repeating rather than feeling how the intervaös feels like – Hank Dec 15 '19 at 15:31
  • @Hank I think you should edit your post and add your previous comment there. It makes more clear, what you're up to. – Arsak Dec 19 '19 at 7:48

The only advantage of singing unaccompanied is that it allows you to be inaccurate in pitch and rhythm. A musical accompaniment still allows you to be 'expressive'. But it's the teacher's responsibility to train you in the difference between flexibility and just plain wrong!

It's good to be able to sing a capella without losing pitch and/or floundering rhythmically. But you learn to do this BY singing with accompaniment. And, in most musical circumstances, singing a capella is not the basic requirement.

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    Note to readers: I voted +1, because this feels completely intuitive and sensible ... but I'm not a vocal teacher! I'd say that roughly around 100% of the votes here come from people who are not vocal teachers. – piiperi Reinstate Monica Dec 15 '19 at 17:25
  • How do you learn how to do this without you or your teacher being able to test your progress while you are supposed to be learning? And how is this done without you singing unaccompanied? – Rosie F Dec 15 '19 at 17:36
  • @ piiperi Reinstate Monica Although not primarily a vocal teacher I AM a professional musician, working regularly with singers. And @Rosie F, you can certainly tell if a singer is hitting the notes confidently or just 'singing along' with the accompaniment! – Laurence Payne Dec 15 '19 at 18:01
  • I say this: children are allowed to imitate sounds but we adult are supposed to refrain from this. – Hank Dec 15 '19 at 18:14
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    @Hank Says who? Reading notation is an invaluable skill. But listening to a recorded performance, or following an accompaniment are perfectly valid learning methods. – Laurence Payne Dec 15 '19 at 18:16

Singing against piano is very good for getting tuning under control. Few people, and especially not untrained musicians, can sing a tune or a long phrase to the end without drifting in pitch. Also sometimes you think you are in tune, but you are not (it's very easy to be deceived with singing, where what you hear is a bit different to what others hear).

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    Do you mean “especially not untrained musicians”? – Eliza Wilson Dec 17 '19 at 23:40
  • yes, thank you - corrected. – danmcb Dec 19 '19 at 7:32

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