“Don’t call me a singing teacher… I’m rather a vocal re-stylist because I work on the singer at 360°. I teach to professional colleagues, but also to students and beginners; what interests me most is to give concrete solutions and to make people conquer a voice that is a friend and not an enemy, manageable, harmonious and ready for the desired use ” S.C.
I am the Soprano d’Arti Silvia Colombini, and I would like to welcome you aboard and introduce you to the innovative singing method ARS – Art of Overcoming Resistance.
What is ARS
ARS* is the acronym for Art of Overcoming Resistance, which is an innovative singing method that I have conceived and have taught internationally since 2000.
This method is not only the result of years and years of research on voice and its mechanisms, but is also the product of my twenty years of experience as a Soprano, who dealt with performing in many main international stages. Before starting my career as a Soprano, I was a professional violinist, so I introduced some violin principles into the method as well.
* (until 2020 the method was called Ars-C. ARS / ARSinging and ARS-C are the same method)
Who is it for?
ARS has been followed by hundreds of students from all around the world, taught in academies, music schools and university masterclasses, singers in career and singing teachers. ARS was born specifically for Opera singing, but it is suitable for all types of voices and styles. Being a method aiming fast learning, there are also short courses for pop singers, for those who use the voice professionally and also for instrumentalists, because ARS is also a great way to learn phrasing. ARS is also taught as business coaching.
Overcoming the resistances and reaching flow
ARS aims to teach singing in flow – without effort – by identifying and overcoming the vocal, physical and psychological resistances that prevent it from happening. To overcome resistance, many different exercises are used, always tailored to your voice, such as: vocalizations, visualizations, gesture-visualizations and self-learning exercises, to allow you to solve difficulties in a very short period of time, making yourself autonomous with the management of your voice and your study routines as soon as possible. As mentioned, some principles taken from the violin technique are also included in the method, such as the breathing with the bow principle, which, for a singer, is the metaphor for the breath and the phrasing.
Not just singing lessons
ARS carries out a completely new work on the body, on the voice and on the psychological approach to singing. We will address every aspect of vocality: diaphragmatic breathing, vocal technique, diction, interpretation and phrasing, acting, posture, study method, vocal hygiene, performance stress’ management, choice of repertoire, management and/or career enhancing and building. The study path will be developed gradually and the objectives will always be clearly indicated. The results will be monitored and the course will end with a live performance. Not just singing lessons, therefore: ARS is a new discipline that will help you organize your study and will help you sing in a healthy and serene way.
Voice reset in three lessons
ARS is quick and easy to learn and allows a voice reset to be done in a short time. It is ideal for those who have to erase vocal errors learnt over time and want to sing effortlessly (especially in the higher register) using diaphragmatic and muscular elasticity, rather than strength.
ARS and Belcanto
I come from a family that belongs to the history of Italian opera with ancestors praised by Verdi and Puccini and as a soprano, I am a Belcanto singer. ARS, for these reasons, respects all the main rules of Italian Belcanto, but develops a completely new approach to voice and study.
A revolutionary didactic
From the first lesson you will realize how ARS revolutionizes the teacher-learner relationship (I do not use the term student deliberately). Singing is the expression of the very essence of a Person. You will be respected in your completeness and uniqueness. In the ARS method there are no hierarchies, but a spirit of collaboration, you and I will work in synergy to achieve the common purpose of freeing your voice from any resistance!
ARS trains singers-artists-actors with a high professional profile, competitive for today’s world of Opera.
ARS is taught in many languages: Italian, English, Spanish, German, and Chinese.
ARS was officially presented for the first time in 2011 at the Tongji University of Shanghai and until now, by choice, it has not had media disclosure, but has lived through the strength of the international word of mouth, based on the obtained results.