Vaccai Project Resources

The method

Vaccai’s Metodo pratico de canto italiano per camera (first published in 1832) has been republished in numerous editions, keys, and languages.

Vaccai purposely limited the range of the voice in his lessons to afford the singer the opportunity to focus on the skills. You will find that you can sing the lessons in most published keys (and some others!) Sing it in whatever key/s you find most comfortable.

You can find most of them for free at IMSLP. If you’d prefer a hard copy, several editions are available on Amazon.


Accompaniment

We encourage you to sing the lessons unaccompanied and try to learn them by sight singing them instead of “plunking out the notes on the piano.” They offer a great opportunity to improve this essential skill as well. Find freedom in singing them at slightly varying tempos and with imaginative rubato.

If you want to improve your piano skills, try to accompany yourself!

If you REALLY want to sing with recorded piano accompaniment, the table below has recordings in the most often used keys. The voice group designations are a guide only—sing them in as many keys as you wish. And then return to singing them unaccompanied with freedom!

Voice typeLower keyHigher key
Soprano/Tenor
Key of C

Key of D
Mezzo/Baritone
Key of Bb

Key of C
Contralto/Bass
Key of A

Key of Bb

Most of these recordings are also available on Spotify.