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1. Bel canto, a traditional vocal pedagogy known for its emphasis on vocal agility, is examined in detail in this paper. The traditional master-apprentice model of vocal instruction is customized and uses rich imagery to develop artistry. However, subjective biases and voice type matching issues hinder its effectiveness, and the lack of standard assessments hinders objective skill evaluation.

2. Vocal agility, a key aspect of bel canto's virtuosity, has declined since the 20th century. This skill involves swift and accurate pitch transitions, distinguishing professionals from amateurs. However, contemporary vocal education often overlooks this critical aspect, and research on its training remains limited.

3. Despite the surge of digital advancements in various fields, including vocal education, there is a noticeable delay in integrating cutting-edge knowledge and tools into the day-to-day teaching of vocal performance. Traditional pedagogical methods still dominate, causing hesitation among vocal instructors to incorporate digital technology into their teaching practices. However, integrating digital tools with traditional training methods has the potential to enrich vocal pedagogy by offering objective feedback and constant assessment opportunities through spectral analysis and spectrograms.

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