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Sing! Song & Text for Voice Class

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Authors Joan Wall and Pamela Stout
ISBN 1934477014
Length 256 pages
Price $49.95
Geraldine Hartice

“I have just recently purchased the new text book, “Sing!” It is a wonderful publication. I teach music, voice especially, at all ages and levels and I think that it will be a very valuable resource in my studio…”
Voice Class Instructor

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Sing! rounds out the vocal pedagogy multimedia platform with materials for voice class—a balanced, well-rounded text, sheet music, and two CDs to help you lead a class of singers into satisfying and successful singing experiences.

Table of Contents and sample pages

Sing! supports you with text that is integrated with the multimedia platform, which allows you to cover more material more efficiently than possible otherwise. The text portion contains a clear, accessible, but not too technical section on how voices work, a discussion based on Breath, Vocal Folds, Vocal Tract, Resonance, and The Human Voice, which gives you smooth continuity from the much-loved media material to hands-on teaching material. With this combination of materials, you can leave your students with a rich understanding of the voice. In the same essay-with-exercises layout, the text includes a balanced set of exercises for the body, breath, phonation, and resonance, allowing you to leave your students with exploratory routines they can successfully accomplish and continue long after class has ended. It includes a clearly-written chapter for smoothing transitions between light and heavy registers, differentiating the exercises for males or females. The next chapter helps you lead them through learning the basics of learning a song—how to approach and interpret one—with fun and interesting exercises. Next, it talks about vocal health, helping you round out an awareness of how to take care of a voice for singing. For those with no music reading skills, the text also includes a short section on music notation, covering the notes and staff and methods for practicing intervals. It also includes a glossary of singing terms, allowing you to leave your class with a nice vocabulary of voice. Finally, the text section includes a chapter on how to warm up, giving you a way to offer your class complete warm-up routines, which is especially useful with the warm-ups accompaniments on the CDs.

The sheet music portion includes a balanced selection from musical theater, pop music, and folk music—selections nearly everyone can find pleasure in learning. Each song includes two parts: 1) an accompaniment with two sections, one for a typical pianist, and one that is super-easy and scaled down for non-pianists to play, and 2) vocalises specifically for learning the song. The accompaniments on the CDs also offer several versions—one with the vocal line played in the piano, and one without it, in both high and low keys. The CDs also include the accompaniments for the vocalises.

When your students leave your voice class, you will have delivered the following using this text:

  1. a solid understanding of how the voice works, with imagery from platform's multimedia

  2. a clear set of exercises for developing flexibility in the voice

  3. an understanding and set of exercises for smoothing register transitions in the major passages

  4. grounding in musical symbols for reading music

  5. a vocabulary for understanding the voice

  6. an understanding of how to take care of their voices

  7. a method and accompaniment CD for how to warm-up their voices

  8. a collection of desirable songs, with accompaniments on the CDs

  9. and exercises specifically for learning each song and accompaniments on the CDs for those rehearsals.

Overall, the authors have delivered sophisticated principles in a simple, useful, easy-to-teach-from text so that you can leave your students in voice class with a fun, rich, and memorable experience with singing.

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To see how Sing! fits into the larger multimedia platform, click on the following links:

overview of the pedagogy multimedia platform

organization of the pedagogy multimedia platform

reviews from across the multimedia platform

why multimedia?

sample chapter 8 “Breath” (from Mastering the Fundamentals)

sample clip of “sound at the vocal folds” (from The Human Voice)

sample clip of “formants” (from The Human Voice)

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