Academic journal article Journal of Singing

VOCAL FOLIOS. Songs and Theory Lessons for Singers

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

VOCAL FOLIOS. Songs and Theory Lessons for Singers

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A NEW TEACHING TOOL VOCAL FOLIOS. Songs and Theory Lessons for Singers. Volume One: High Voice and Medium or Low Voice editions. Volume for Men: High Voice and Medium or Low Voice editions. Charlotte Jackson and Janet Soller. Alpha Major Publishing House, 2015.

Both Charlotte Jackson and Janet Soller have extensive backgrounds in music education. Jackson is an award winning choral director in Great Britain and also a voice teacher and performing soprano. Soller, a co-owner of Alpha Major (a publishing house dedicated to music education, teacher resources, and new music), is a pianist with extensive teaching experience. They have collaborated on this project of designing theory lessons based on specific songs.

The theory lesson for each song focuses on five areas: text, rhythm, form, scales, and harmony, and putting it all together. "America, the Beautiful" is given as a sample lesson with answers in the back of each volume. Each volume also contains "Song Analysis Instructions: Tips for Teachers" and "Theory Lesson Vocabulary."

Volume One for high female voice contains Handel: "Art Thou Troubled?"; Mendelssohn: "I Will Sing of Thy Great Mercies"; Stanford: "A Soft Day"; A. Self: "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"; and "Loch Lomond" (arranged by Scott Wasserman). …

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