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The Sarkissian Method

The FAQ

Mariam Sarkissian enseigne sa méthode à l'Atelier Sarkissian, Paris, ainsi qu'en stages et masterclass, seule ou accompagnée de ses élèves, formés à l'enseignement de sa méthode.

 

Via l’organisme de formation Opéra Off, Mariam Sarkissian forme à l’enseignement de sa méthode de nombreux artistes et professeurs de chant.

​En 2021, la Méthode Sarkissian est enseignée aux chanteurs par Irène Candelier au Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Lille.

En 2022, la Méthode Sarkissian est enseignée aux comédiens par Mathieu Jedrazak à l'École du Nord (École Nationale supérieure d'art dramatique).

En 2023, la Méthode Sarkissian est enseignée aux comédiens par Anne Freches à

l'École du Nord (École Nationale supérieure d'art dramatique).

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What is the Sarkissian Method?

The Sarkissian Method® (also called the "Triangle Method", in reference to its basic concept of the "Balance Triangle"), is a professional vocal technique teaching method for singers and speakers, created by lyrical singer and pedagogue Mariam Sarkissian.

The method is intended to train and optimise the tool of vocal, artistic and verbal expression of singers and speakers (children, amateurs and professionals of all styles, levels and ages).

It allows to acquire a control of the vocal instrument through the installation of a professional vocal technical basis: by creating efficient automatisms, necessary to the free and satisfying vocal expression and to the activation of the optimal natural resonance of the body (and for the lyric singers and the actors working in big spaces — also of the optimal natural amplification).

The method was described in Mariam Sarkissian's book I think, therefore I sing or The Praise of Cognitive Belcanto, published in 2018, intended for lyrical singers of all ages and levels and all those who want to know the origin of the lyrical vocal technique, which is the most complete and complex among the sung and spoken vocal techniques.

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What is the Balance Triangle ?

The Balance Triangle is an original concept created by lyrical singer and teacher Mariam Sarkissian. This pedagogical tool brings together and links the main elements in the spoken and sung vocal technique teaching in a coherent and interdependent way.

The concept of the Balance Triangle was described in Mariam Sarkissian's book I think, therefore I sing or The Praise of Cognitive Belcanto. The first chapter, the summary and the bibliography of the book, as well as its downloading in pdf format in English and French, are available here.

The Balance Triangle concept and the Sarkissian Method have no known equivalent in the field of spoken vocal technique teaching , sung vocal technique teaching and music teaching in general.

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​Where does the knowledge on which the Sarkissian Method is based come from ?

From the empirical experience of the great musicians, singers and singing teachers of the past (from the 17th century to the present day), including Giovanni Battista Lamperti (1839-1910), Camille Everardi (1824-1899) and Manuel Garcia Jr. (1805-1906), whose main works and testimonials of their pupils are quoted in the book I think, therefore I sing or The Praise of Cognitive Belcanto ; the pedagogical and artistic experience of Mariam Sarkissian's main teachers, their teachers and professional entourage; numerous works, some of which are quoted and appear in the bibliography of the book I think, therefore I sing or The Praise of cognitive belcanto ; Mariam Sarkissian's own experience as a student, singer and pedagogue, including the unique experience of her post-traumatic self-rehabilitation (after a serious car accident).

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How does it work ?

Once the "coordinate system" of the Sarkissian Method is assimilated (through Mariam Sarkissian's lessons ou masterclasses, trough reading the book I think, therefore I sing or The Praise of Cognitive Belcanto and/or through the Virtual Cursus proposed on the French website of the method), the student, singer or speaker (actor, professor, lawyer, etc.), can install, alone or accompanied, the technical thought of the Balance Triangle which, through its application in daily exercises, will allow the creation of useful automatisms for artistic, musical and verbal expression.

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Can everyone learn to speak and sing in a high position and develop an "opera voice" ?

Not everyone, but every person who has already learnt to speak correctly can learn to speak and sing in a high position and develop his lyrical voice.

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Are there different techniques for various types of singers' and speakers' voices ?

No. And the installation tools for a healthy technical basis are the same for everyone.

The most complete vocal technique is that of the lyrical singer (1st category), followed by the non-lyrical singer (2nd category) and the speaker (3rd category). All these three categories have the same technical basis.

The repertory requirements develop the skills of the non-lyric singer to be able to "declaim" the sung text at the height of frequencies that are unusual for the spoken voice placed in the High Position (that of the speaker), and in the case of the lyrical singer, who does not use ( unlike the non-lyric singer,) electric amplification, there is also the element of the Openness, the natural amplification, "the biological microphone", which is part of the lyrical style.

According to the specific needs of certain types of voices and tessitura (and of the repertoire worked on, in the singer's case), some exercises are added to help work on the technical balance.

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I am a lyrical singer. Will my tessitura change with the

Sarkissian Method?

It is possible, in case your current technique does not allow you to optimize the development of your vocal instrument, to develop your "true voice".

Such cases are not uncommon in Mariam Sarkissian's pedagogical practice.

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