Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Emergent Voice

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Emergent Voice

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"Emergent Voice," by Kenneth N. Westerman, Mus. D., A.B., M.A., Sc.D., 1955, second edition, revised and augmented, 170 pp„ $5.00. Procurable at music dealers and by addressing Carol F. Westerman, P.O. Box 62, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"The voice teaching profession is at the beginning of its final development, i.e., the age of examined data. It has passed the infancy of imitation, the youth of empirical findings, and is now starting on the maturity of scientific investigation." This somewhat abridged excerpt from the volume's foreword accurately keynotes both intent and scope of all that follows. Anyone willing to take time and energy incident to encompassing complete, non-partial investigation of the author's meticulously collated findings cannot but be ineluctably impressed with his sincerity and learning. Mind you, such an one is not confronted with the customary series of individual lessons characterizing most kindred books. Rather is he guided through three progressively unfolding main divisions of SKILLS [Chapters I-IX], THEORY [Chapters X-XIII] and LITERATURE [Chapter XIV], all based on the major premise that good singing is the result of blending five body action patterns into a balanced flexible functioning revealing the human voice in its best estate. …

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