Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Private Voice Studio Handbook: A Practical Guide to All Aspects of Teaching

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Private Voice Studio Handbook: A Practical Guide to All Aspects of Teaching

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Boytim, Joan Frey. The Private Voice Studio Handbook: A Practical Guide to All Aspects of Teaching (Revised Edition). Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, 2014. Paper, xv, 195 pp., $18.99. ISBN 978-0-634-04738-1 www.halleonard.com

The influence exerted by Joan Boytim in the field of voice pedagogy is farreaching. In 1980, she edited an annotated bibliography, Solo Vocal Repertoire for Young Singers, that was published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has compiled and edited more than forty volumes of vocal repertoire, including the immensely popular First Book of Solos and The Second Book of Solos series. Boytim also wrote a column for the NATS Inter Nos that offered advice to the private voice teacher. In 2003, those essays became the basis of The Private Voice Studio Handbook, a guidebook to the establishment and maintenance of a private studio.

In this revised edition, the focus of the volume is unchanged. Boytim offers advice about the daily business of running a private voice studio. She leads the fledgling teacher through the process, from advertising for students to keeping tax records. While the volume has been updated and now includes references to email, YouTube, the Internet, and smart phones, it is as unfailingly sensible and as useful as the first edition. Boytim draws upon her fifty-five years of teaching experience to proffer tutelage on relevant topics, from pedagogic methods and repertoire selection to writing letters of recommendation for graduating students. …

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