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Managing Vocal Health: The human instrument

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Authors Robert Caldwell
ISBN 1934477410
Length 174 pages
Price $41.00
Kate McCaffrey

“The authors of numerous singing manuals, Caldwell and Wall (voice, Texas Woman’s University) present a remarkable resource for voice teachers, bringing together and building on much of the current and historical theory of vocal technique and training. Singers, coaches, and choir directors will also find much of value if they are not daunted by the quantity of information presented. Each volume includes many vocal exercises and interesting case studies. The first two volumes will be especially useful for beginning teachers. In a field rife with jargon and elusive imagery, the authors share suggestions to improve communication with students. In addition, the sections on teaching anatomy, acoustics, and the science of sound are very detailed. Volume 1 – Beginning the Process, investigates teaching and learning at various levels. Volume 2 – Mastering the Fundamentals, covers breath management, muscle awareness, and the use of resonators. Volume 3 – Advancing the Technique, offers exercises and information of value to the advanced student. There is also an excellent section on teaching belt tone for musical theater students. Volume 4 – Becoming an Artist, addresses important areas for aspiring professionals, including learning a score, preparing texts, and communicating with an audience. Volume 5 – Managing Vocal Health, gives advice on when to send students to a physician and what to expect from a physical exam. Medical procedures for treating various vocal disorders are also dis used. Vocal study is a lifelong process as the “instrument” matures and then ages, and teachers and students work at a wide range of abilities – something this work’s multilevel approach effectively addresses. There are many more concise (and less expensive) books on vocal technique available, but nothing as comprehensive or as potentially rewarding for the serious voice teacher. Highly recommended for academic libraries and large music collections.”
Library Journal
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Joanne Sydney Lesser

“Excellence in Singing is impressive in its scope. Ten years in the making, this five-volume instructional tome is an ambitious undertaking that takes teacher and student deep into the singer’s craft. With extended pedagogical chapters followed by corresponding exercises, the books are geared toward singers and instructors looking to expand their repertoire of teaching learning tools…The series, to its credit, includes explorations of all physical and artistic aspects of singing, rather than limiting its focus strictly to vocal technique. Volume Two: Mastering the Fundamentals gets down to the brass tacks of singing, offering useful, basic exercises…. Volume Three: Advancing the Technique explores in great detail, sophisticated concepts of tone, resonance, and transitions among registers, with an even more impressive array of exercises and a well-conveyed and unbiased section on musical theater “belting” for the female singer. The many valuable ideas and exercises in Volume Four: Becoming an Artist provide the sort of refresher from which even advanced teachers and students will benefit. In addition to skill builders in musical interpretation, these exercises include many of the same dramatic tools an actor might use. Volume Five: Managing Vocal Health discusses behaviors, substances and medical conditions that can cause vocal problems, explains potential treatments and offers several case studies of working singers responding to crises in vocal health.”
Reviewer Opera News
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Kate McCaffrey

“The authors of numerous singing manuals, Caldwell and Wall (voice, Texas Woman’s University) present a remarkable resource for voice teachers, bringing together and building on much of the current and historical theory of vocal technique and training. Singers, coaches, and choir directors will also find much of value if they are not daunted by the quantity of information presented. Each volume includes many vocal exercises and interesting case studies. The first two volumes will be especially useful for beginning teachers. In a field rife with jargon and elusive imagery, the authors share suggestions to improve communication with students. In addition, the sections on teaching anatomy, acoustics, and the science of sound are very detailed. Volume 1 – Beginning the Process, investigates teaching and learning at various levels. Volume 2 – Mastering the Fundamentals, covers breath management, muscle awareness, and the use of resonators. Volume 3 – Advancing the Technique, offers exercises and information of value to the advanced student. There is also an excellent section on teaching belt tone for musical theater students. Volume 4 – Becoming an Artist, addresses important areas for aspiring professionals, including learning a score, preparing texts, and communicating with an audience. Volume 5 – Managing Vocal Health, gives advice on when to send students to a physician and what to expect from a physical exam. Medical procedures for treating various vocal disorders are also dis used. Vocal study is a lifelong process as the “instrument” matures and then ages, and teachers and students work at a wide range of abilities – something this work’s multilevel approach effectively addresses. There are many more concise (and less expensive) books on vocal technique available, but nothing as comprehensive or as potentially rewarding for the serious voice teacher. Highly recommended for academic libraries and large music collections.”
Library Journal
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Robert DeSimone

“Excellence in Singing is an outstanding, comprehensive five-volume work devoted to the practice of healthy, joyful, technically secure singing. Each volume offers valuable insights, examples and learning tools for singers, teachers, coaches, conductors, directors and anyone interested in the 'art of singing.' Expertly and clearly written, each volume provides an understanding of effective vocal teaching. Particularly outstanding is Becoming an Artist. This volume, as well as the whole series, is fine reference information for all vocal educators.”
Director of Opera University of Texas at Austin
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Roderick B. Menzies

“Excellence in Singing is remarkable for its sweeping scope, clear presentation, and effective combination of practical pedagogical advice and inspiring artistic vision. Teachers and performers alike will find it valuable for everything from gaining a more detailed understanding of complex technical problems, to fine-tuning the creative elements of interpretation. Concepts are seamlessly integrated with practice; basic information with sophisticated insight. This is a very usable book, nothing less than an encyclopedic examination of the vocalist's art and craft.”
University of Southern California
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Martina Arroyo

“Excellence in Singing is one of the most comprehensive books on the voice that could be used by vocal pedagogues, by the developing artist, and by the listener who would like to understand a little more about the process and development of a singer. It's clearly written, well-explained, and the closest one may come to discussing the development of an artist without knowing each individual. The detailed illustrations are particularly useful and beautifully presented. It's a pleasure knowing that book is made available to the public.”
Metropolitan Opera, New York Distinguished Professor of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington
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Karen Murphy

“As one who grew up with music educators, I find Excellence in Singing to be of great interest on several levels. It is, of course, instructive and includes an underlying attitude of respect and joy in the teacher/student relationship. Equally important, it is also beautiful in its choice of words and in the images it creates. The writers’ voices are supportive, encouraging, expansive, sensitive and colorful, well-informed, organized, clear and imaginative, engendering an intense involvement in the learning/teaching process. On a broad level, this series is full of original thinking, which one can apply to any number of life’s situations and challenges. I can’t imagine a more exciting tool for helping a teacher or singer achieve excellence than to use this series.”
Teacher/Counselor Private Studio
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Michael Greene

“…a valuable resource for cultivating the vocal artists of the next generation, and for inspiring people of any age to fulfill their musical dreams. As educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens strive to keep music a priority of our educational system, tools like Excellence in Singing are essential to encouraging and developing the artistic expression that makes us fuller individuals and a stronger society. Sweeping in its synthesis of teaching approaches, scholarly in its scope, but understandable to the average reader, this five-book series is a must-read for teachers and students.”
President/CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., best known for presenting the GRAMMY Awards
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Vincent Metallo

“As a choral conductor in today’s society, it is imperative to have a basic understanding of the human voice. Excellence in Singing provides the conductor, teach, and educator with this knowledge in five volumes of vocal pedagogy that are essential for all learning environments. I highly recommend this series for all levels of teaching, and admire the clear and concise approach that is presented to the reader.”
Associate Music Director of American Boychoir
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George Shirley

“The scope of Excellence in Singing is all-encompassing, embracing every aspect of the singer’s artistic odyssey from the initial stages of preparation through the life-long commitment to maintenance of vocal health. In text and stunning graphics, both physio-acoustical and interpretative processes are thoroughly and clearly outlined, making optimum use of the latest data available to us from the domains of voice science and artistic scholarship. I shall look forward to including this five-volume source of vocal and artistic wisdom in my own personal library, and will see to it that it joins the holding of our library here at Michigan.”
Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music
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Marvin Keenze

“The Excellence in Singing series provides a sweeping view of what it means to be a singer and an effective teacher of singing in this century. The five volumes offer profound and practical insights into the psychology of teaching, the structure of the vocal instrument, the technical development of that instrument, the singer’s artistic development, and the health of the voice. This remarkably comprehensive series will be of invaluable use in voice studios and pedagogy classes, and will be treasured by all of those who are passionate about the singing voice.”
Professor of Voice and Pedagogy The Westminster Choir College of Rider University
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Angelique Kidjo

“Every human culture has its own specific way of singing and of learning how to sing. But there’s something universal that Excellence in Singing is pointing out through its five volumes: the singing process is not just about the technical skills; it’s an activity that requires the participation of the whole body and personality. Learning how to sing is not just about practicing scales all day long, it’s also about feeling the meaning of the songs, controlling your body sensations. For me, the main quality of this work is that it always keeps in mind the whole picture and provides wide information on the many aspects of the learning process.”
Recording Artist
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Debra Greschner

“Excellence in Singing is neither tentative nor brief; it spans the breadth of subjects related to teaching voice, from vocal health to stage gestures. . . . [It] is as much about teaching and learning as it is about singing. . . . In addition to the extensive discussion about teaching and learning in the first volume, the authors model good instructional skills by presenting a plethora of pedagogical options for any specific learning goal. Exercises throughout all of the volumes are written in a step-by-step procedure in much the same way that any education student is taught to write lesson plans. The exercises are numerous, varied, and integrated into the vocal repertoire; they lead the teacher through everything from finding a relaxed onset to teaching the belting voice.”
Journal of Singing
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