Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Anatomy of the Voice: An Illustrated Guide for Singers, Vocal Coaches, and Speech Therapists

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Anatomy of the Voice: An Illustrated Guide for Singers, Vocal Coaches, and Speech Therapists

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Dimon, Theodore. Anatomy of the Voice: An Illustrated Guide for Singers, Vocal Coaches, and Speech Therapists. Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2018. Illustrated by G. David Brown. Paper, xi, 102 pp., $24.95. ISBN 978-1-62317-197-1. www.northatlanticbooks.com

Although the number of educational materials about the anatomy and physiology of the voice has increased exponentially in recent years, the information is often couched in volumes devoted to other topics, such as speech therapy or voice pedagogy. This publication is an illustrated explanation of the anatomy of the voice and how it works. Author Theodore Dimon, a certified Alexander Technique teacher, has collaborated with illustrator G. David Brown to provide a clear and concise guide to the structures and function of the voice.

The volume consists of six chapters. Five are devoted to the basic systems responsible for vocal production: the respiratory system, the intrinsic muscles of the larynx, the extrinsic muscles of the larynx, the vocal tract, and the muscles of the face that are involved in voice production. The sixth chapter offers a brief overview of the evolution and function of the larynx. The text is augmented by ninety-six illustrations, almost all of which are in color.

The text consists of carefully edited descriptions of the structures and their functions. Explanations are accurate and succinct. …

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