Performing is tough on relationships, he continues. “It’s a life alone on the road. But I have no regrets. I loved the applause and I got paid.”
Teaching, though, has never been about the money, he says.
And it goes without saying that with teaching, there’s sustainability and permanence.
“I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see young people succeed,” Noble says effusively. “I feel so validated as a performer and giving the tools I have.”
Such validation reached an apex last spring when one of his students, Michael Brandenburg, won the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
“I agonized as I watched him perform,” Noble recalls. “It was one of the most rewarding things in my life. It outweighs performing.”
Other students have won the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions at the district, regional and semifinal levels, according to an IU website. His students have also garnered honors at the Palm Beach Vocal Competition, Bel Canto Competition, Dallas Opera Competition and Matinee Musicale Competition.
Noble teaches 19 students one-on-one in his studio. He also teaches a master class for no credit on Wednesday nights for 90 minutes. It’s open to all students.
And thanks to technology, he can teach from just about anywhere. His office is equipped with a 60-inch, Sharp surround sound screen hooked up to his computer.
So how do you teach voice?
“The biggest thing is breath control,” Noble says. “It’s lower breath control.”
Noble prefers the Italian method, which he was taught. He’s tried other methods, but he believes the Italian technique creates a better air method.
“You inhale the sound. The name for it is ‘inalare’, which means to inhale the air and sound,” he explains.
That’s when he provided a brief demonstration, which transformed the interview from standard to special.