Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice, Third Editioncontinues to be a beloved resource for singers and their teachers, speech-language pathologists, and laryngologists and an adopted text for instructors and students in voice, singing, and performing arts courses. Janice L. Chapman is able to draw on her experiences as a singer with some of the world's leading opera companies to present a teaching technique specifically focusing on voice in the areas of classical and opera singing. Interspersed with the concepts and components of Chapman's methods are vignettes from her life and career, animated by her conversational and vibrant style to guide (and entertain) the reader through the book in a step-by-step fashion. The philosophy of teaching presented combines three main facets: Holistic, Physiological, and Incremental. The Holistic segment emphasizes that the act of singing involves the whole person (i.e., body, mind, spirit, emotion, and voice); the Physiological segment stresses anatomy, muscular function, and effects of muscular interactions so that students and teachers alike can understand and visualize the functional workings of the torso, larynx, and the vocal tract and their impact on good singing practices; and the Incremental section shows that the act of singing can be broken down into manageable components that have a natural hierarchy that eventually interact and interlock. This teaching model provides a framework to master one element at a time, with the resulting effect of a complete and integrated mastery of technique. Chapman recommends this framework for rehabilitative work with the dysfunctional singer, for working with the developing singer, and for the ongoing development and maintenance of the technically able professional singer. Case studies, examples, exercises, and contributions from some of the world's best-known voice professionals further highlight the text. New to this edition: The addition of a completely new chapter: an interview with voice specialist osteopath Jacob Lieberman on the subject of manual therapy and voiceA rewriting of Marilyn McCarthy's chapters on teaching and learning in light of advances in the fields of neuroscience and educationUpdates to Pamela Davis's chapter on voice and the brain, as well as John Rubin's chapter on vocal and respiratory anatomy and physiologyClarifications by Ron Morris on the use of the accent method of breathing as a highly effective remedial and training techniqueRefinements to chapters on breathing and support, phonation, and resonance*Disclaimer: Please note that ancillary content (such as documents, audio, and video, etc.) may not be included as published in the original print version of this book.
Author: Scott D. Harrison
Release Date: 2014-05-14
This volume brings together a group of leading international researchers and practitioners in voice pedagogy alongside emerging academics and practitioners. Encompassing research across voice science and pedagogy, this innovative collection transcends genre boundaries and provides new knowledge about vocal styles and approaches from classical and musical theatre to contemporary commercial music. The work is sure to be valuable in tertiary institutions, schools and community music associations, suitable for use by private studio teachers, and will appeal to choral leaders and music educators interested in vocal pedagogy. “I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I am confident it will help bring all aspects of vocal pedagogy firmly into the 21st century. Refreshingly, many different areas of pedagogy are included in the text so we can all work together to more fully understand the singing voice. Up to the moment research is included along with an exploration of the evolving contemporary styles of singing. Further, areas regarding teaching and curriculum in higher education are also reviewed. All in all, this text a crucial addition to a professional's vocal library.” Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.
Author: Jean Callaghan
Release Date: 2000
Looking at voice sciences from the practioner's viewpoint, Singing and Voice Science is a unique text aimed towards singers and teachers of singing who are interested in how the singing voice works by combining modern voice science with teachers' and practioners' knowledge gained through musical judgement and experience of singing. Modern scientific knowledge of the mechanics of the vocal instrument allows what is heard to be associated with specific physical coordinators as well as providing a basis for teaching technical skills, for diagnosing and correcting vocal faults, and for ensuring efficient voice production. This book brings the scientific knowledge into a complete and applicable body of information using famaliar terms and putting it in the context of musical concerns to the teacher and singer. It includes breath management, phonation, resonance and articulation, and vocal health. The book was written by an experienced and accomplished singer and teacher of singing.
Author: Jenevora Williams
Publisher: Compton Publishing Limited
Release Date: 2012-08-01
Packed with case studies and research-based advice, the book covers the various stages of learning, from infant to undergraduate, with special considerations for age, gender, special needs, and musical style. Accessible to all music educators, from singing teachers in schools to choral directors, the book includes exercises, lesson plans and more.
Author: Richard Miller
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2004-01-08
While many texts and courses on the art of singing offer comprehensive overviews of technique and performance, few have time to delve into the specific questions they spawn. Solutions for Singers explores these unanswered questions, filling in gaps that professional performers, students of singing, and voice teachers have long sought to close. Fielding over 200 questions, distinguished teacher and performer Richard Miller tackles problems raised during hundreds of his master classes and pedagogy courses. He deliberately avoids abstract generalities, concentrating instead on specific, recurring questions: What are some good exercises to loosen or relax tension in the back of the tongue? Do you apply the same principles regarding breathing to a younger student that you do to older students? What is meant by voiced and unvoiced consonants? Is there a female falsetto? Through such specialized questions, Miller probes the very essence of artistic expression. The questions are organized under ten broad topics, which Miller considers from various angles. He couples traditional and modern philosophies to present the most relevant and precise solutions. The result is an invaluable handbook for singers, which, read either sequentially or selectively, provides a unique and pragmatic approach to vocal artistry and technique.
Author: Jan E. Bickel
Publisher: Plural Publishing
Release Date: 2016-12-31
Vocal Technique: A Physiologic Approach, Second Edition builds upon the premise firmly established in its first edition -- a singer who understands how his or her body functions when speaking and singing will necessarily be a better singer and teacher of singing. As such, it is the ideal text for voice classes and lessons at the university level as well as for voice lessons in the independent studio. Because it is so comprehensive, including anatomy, posture, breath management, physiology of tone production, achieving resonance, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), classification of voices, health care for singers, a logical method for learning repertoire, stage deportment, and technology in the voice studio, it is also an excellent book for teaching vocal pedagogy. This text provides the essential information regarding anatomic and physiologic functions connected with the speaking and singing process so that singers will learn to develop their technique fully and thus maintain optimal technical skill and vocal health throughout a long singing and/or teaching career. The technical aspects of singing are discussed in detail, giving the singer the tools to apply this technique to a wide variety of repertoire and languages. The author provides a thorough introduction to the IPA and its application to the English, Italian, French, German, and Castilian Spanish languages. New to this edition: A new chapter on Science and Technology in the Voice Studio, including links to sites providing equipment and software for the voice studioUpdated illustrations detailing anatomy and physiologic functionEvery chapter has been updated to improve comprehensibility, especially the chapter covering the use of the IPASignificantly updated information on health and nutrition to reflect recent research in the fieldA list of recommended sources where singers and teachers can download free and/or inexpensive music for use in the voice class or studio
Author: Brian Winnie
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Release Date: 2018-04-01
(Meredith Music Resource). 57 experts from across the U.S. working as professors, studio teachers, professional singers, choral directors, composers, vocologists, and speech-language pathologists have all contributed to this amazing collection of quick-to-read, yet deeply insightful strategies. It's like finding expert trade secrets all placed in one easy source. With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership, and teaching, the authors provide their favorite "recipes" that will expand your current knowledge and inspire all levels of voice teachers and singers.
Author: W. Stephen Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2007-03-15
In The Naked Voice, W. Stephen Smith invites all singers to improve their vocal technique through his renowned and time-tested wholistic method. Focusing not only on the most important technical, but also on the often overlooked psychological and spiritual elements of learning to sing, his book allows readers to develop their own full and individual identities as singers. With philosophies and techniques drawn from a lifetime of teaching voice, Smith demonstrates how one can reveal the true unique sound of one's own voice by singing with the whole self. The master's method, presented in concrete and comprehensible terms with helpful illustrations, is enhanced by a CD containing exercises performed by singers from Smith's own studio-singers whose talent and training bring them across the country and around the world. The clear and easy style of The Naked Voice welcomes the reader into Smith's teaching studio, and into conversation with Smith himself as he presents the six simple and elegant exercises that form the core of his method. These exercises provide a foundation for free singing, and lead singers through the step-by-step process of mastering the technique. Throughout, Smith speaks sympathetically and encouragingly to the singer in search of an unencumbered and effective approach to the art. The Naked Voice is a must-read for all singers, giving teachers and students, amateurs and professionals, access to the methods and concepts that have earned Smith his reputation as one of the most highly-sought-after vocal instructors in the international arena today.
Author: Pearl Shinn Wormhoudt
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2001
With a Song in My Psyche studies the psychology of singing and teaching singing. It describes the musical brain, the singer's mind/body interaction, the crucial early musical development, the adolescent singer, gender factors, psychology of performance, and the psychological basis for attaining greater artistry. In these descriptions, a number of psychologically motivated factors are explored that lead either to poor singing or to excellent healthy singing: personality, temperament, managing the singer's life-style, building a character, perfectionism, performance anxiety, motivation, memorizing, breathing, stage movement, body messages, body image, timing, musical and poetic meanings, self-image, confidence, concentration, consistency, creativity. ForeWord Clarion Review ARTS & MUSIC With a Song in My Psyche: On the Psychology of Singing and Teaching Singing Pearl Shinn Wormhoudt Xlibris 202 pages Softcover $19.98 978-1-4010-4094-9 Four Stars (out of Five) Thorough knowledge of the psychological and physical underpinnings of great singing is essential for voice teachers and for singers at all stages of their careers, whether they are already welcomed on the great stages of the world or just beginning the often laborious climb to peak performance and public recognition. Pearl Shinn Wormhoudt's excellent volume, With a Song in My Psyche, takes the mystery out of both success and failure in pursuing one's singing goals and offers voice teachers a well-stocked arsenal of tools and wisdom to successfully help students resolve the issues, both personal and professional, that are critical to their success. Wormhoudt presents a template for guiding budding musical talent, from descriptions of what happens in the brain of a musician, and what it is that calls certain people to a musical career in the first place, through the developmental stages of the brain, body, and soul, including the critical stages of growth that must be navigated at the correct times in order to achieve the full realization of one's potential. Although her work is dedicated to singers, and its physiological information is geared to the production of beautiful vocal sound, the principles she expounds are applicable to all musicians. Some of her revelations may surprise readers, including the results of research showing that performing musicians are more likely to be introverted in nature than are teachers of music, and that, rather than favoring the male gender, true creativity is most often found in those who exhibit androgynous traits. The author's discussion of the importance of the difficult adolescent years to a musician's development will be especially helpful to teachers and to young people who may be struggling to conform to a world which may not appreciate the characteristics they possess. "Not only are the musically gifted strong in intuition and feeling," Wormhoudt writes, "they may share with other gifted adolescents traits of curiosity, good memory, energy, thirst for knowledge, adaptability, sense of humor, imagination, and problem-solving ability." Wormhoudt elucidates not only what personal qualities, training, and support one needs to develop a healthy, whole musical personality, but she includes information on "how this musical personality, with the musical brain, its marvelous mind/body functioning, its childhood musical experiences, goes to work to make a performance," and describes what is needed in talent, training, temperament, and environment to build a successful career. Her guidance is educated, insightful, firm, and compassionate, and will aid in removing hidden stresses and blockages that all too often keep singers and other performing musicians from achieving their full potential. Pearl Shinn Wormhoudt is a professor emerita at William Pe
Author: Meribeth A. Dayme
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2009-05-18
During the past decades, "Dynamics of the singing voice" has successfully been established as a reference text for teachers of singing, singers, choral conductors and organists, speech and voice therapists, laryngologists and other health professionals, psychologists and those in linguistics. It discusses the physiological, psychological, musical and emotional aspects of the voice, particularly as they relate to singing but also to speaking. The book provides a greater understanding of how the voice works and the many factors involved in singing as well as an objective discussion of singing without reference to specific techniques. In this fifth edition, the author has now updated and rearranged the content. Furthermore she has added a new chapter on vocal pedagogic aspects in order to meet the requirements of the art of singing of the 21st century. Thus this new book provides the reader with the established concepts in combination with the latest knowledge about modern approaches to the singing voice.
Author: James C. McKinney
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release Date: 1994
Practical reference manual and accompanying audiotape deal with the vocal problems encountered daily in the teaching studio and choral rehearsal Accompanying audiotape contains 14 voice samples cross-referenced to text Male and female voice samples help to identify basic characteristic sounds associated with each fault