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Overview

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.

Covers posture & breathing, phonation, vocal quality & resonation, articulation, hoarseness, artistry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783211887288
  • Publisher: Springer Vienna
  • Publication date: 6/26/2009
  • Edition description: 5th ed. 2009
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 233
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface and Acknowledgements

1 Core Singing: New approaches to singing for the 21st Century



• Key issues in singing today
• The approach to teaching and learning
• The language of the mind
• Developing talent
• Learning to trust the voice
• Awareness and responsibility

2 The Human Energy Field and Singing



• Defining the human energy field
• Components of the energy field
• Invisible aspects of the energy field
• Mental aspects
• Emotions
• Psychological influences
• Psychic aspects
• Spiritual aspects
• Physical aspects
• Singers as masters of their own energy field
• Responsibility for learning
• Responsibility for thoughts and language
• Mindful attention to each practice and lesson
• Treat colleagues, peers and teachers with respect
• Be centered and aware

3 Vocal Pedagogy in the 21st Century



• Working with the whole Student
• Right-Left Brain Balance in teaching and Learning
• Co-responsibility in learning and the establishment of trust
• Use of language that enriches teaching and learning
• Self-development as the core of teaching and learning
• The responsibility of the teacher
• Continue to be a lifelong student
• Learn to coach the mental aspects of performance
• Create a positive studio atmosphere
• Be grateful for each student who arrives at your door
• Be professional about the business of singing
• The responsibility of the student
• Objectivity
• Extra-curricula development complementary to singin
• Elimination of mind chatter and excessive self-criticism
• Meaningful practice and rehearsal
• Find ways to monitor progress
• Have the courage to take performance risks
• Be grateful for your talent
• The future of vocal pedagogy

4. What Every Singer Needs To Know: Co-ordination, Spontaneity and Artistry



• Co-ordination
• Spontaneity
• Artistry


• a) Love of Singing
• b) Dedication to the Work of Singing
• c) Indivuality
• d) Emotional Involvement
• e) Personality and Magnetism
• f) Performance That Transcends the Ordinary

• On Becoming a Dynamic Singer

5. The Role and Function of the Voice: An Overview



• Psychological factors of communication
• Physiological factors
• Acoustic factors
• Perception

6 Posture and breathing in singing



• Posture
• Respiration
• Inspiration


• a) The diaphragm
• b) The intercostal muscles
• c) Other muscles of inspiration

• Expiration


• a) The abdominal muscles
• b) Other muscles of expiration

• Subglottic pressure
• Summary: breathing for singing

7 Phonation



• The anatomy of the vibratory mechanism
• The function of the vocal folds in singing
• The attack
• Neurological factors of phonation
• Physiological factors of phonation
• Pitch
• Range
• Vibrato
• Registers
• Subglottic pressure and vocal intensity
• Summary

8 Resonation and vocal quality



• The anatomy and physiology of the pharynx
• The constrictors
• The longitudinal muscles
• The soft palate
• A summary of the acoustics of the vocal tract
• Vowel formation
• Vocal quality
• Factors which affect vocal quality
• Focus and intensity
• Some misconceptions regarding resonance
• Conclusion

9 Articulation



• Vowels and consonants: a summary of their articulation
• Vowels
• Consonants
• The mechanism of articulation
• Anatomical aspects of articulation
• Fixed structures
• Movable structures


• a) The mandible or lower jaw
• b) The lips
• c) The tongue

• Summary

10 Vocal Health



• General health and nutrition
• Hoarseness


• a) Allergies
• b) Respiratory disease
• c) Vocal misuse
• d) Hoarseness of psychogenic origin

• Drugs
• Smoking
• Special vocal problems of women
• Surgical procedures pertinent to singers
• Singers and their doctors
• Complementary health professionals available to singers
• Care of the voice

11 Practical Considerations for FutureVoice Research

12 Appendices: Study Outlines for Vocal Anatomy



• References
• Author index
• Subject index

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