Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 76, No. 1, September/October

1944: Can We Reconcile Pedagogic Paradoxes? 2019: Probably Not!
As the National Association of Teachers of Singing was created, the United States was embroiled in WWII. Fifteen year old Anne Frank was captured by Germans and put in a concentration camp. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected for his fourth term in...
75 Years Wealth of Knowledge for Collabs as Well as Singers
Since collaborative pianists have been proud members of NATS for probably less than ten of its 75 years, when Journal of Singing Editor in Chief Richard Sjoerdsma suggested to all his associate editors and column managers that we look to the written...
A Conversation with Marvin Keenze: 75th Anniversary of NATS
In keeping with the theme of this anniversary issue of Journal of Singing, I was asked to interview Marvin Keenze, International Coordinator for NATS and long-time member of the Association. Marvin, who was honored with the NATS Lifetime Achievement...
A History
Review columns in various incarnations of NATS journals have long been a valued part of their contents. Material chosen for review by the managers of these columns target selections toward a particular constituency. In the Journal of Singing, for example,...
Charlatans and Quacks: Motivation for NATS's Creation
prov-e-nance (prov'a-nans) n. Place of origin, source. [Lat. Provenire, to originate.]Charlatan (noun)char-la-tan | \ 'shar-la-tan \1: QUACK2: one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability: FRAUD, FAKER1In 1915, W. Warren Shaw was not fearful...
Early Articles on Language and Diction in NATS Journals
IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY of the founding of The Bulletin/The NATS Bulletin/The NATS Journal/Journal of Singing, this article will itemize the contributions made over the first 58 years of its existence. A major restructuring of the Journal...
Emergent Voice
"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...
Handy Household Hints: To Sing or Not to Sing
Associate Editor's comments: My first article in The NATS Bulletin was published in November/December 1984, and I joined The NATS Journal as Associate Editor for the "LaryngoSCOPE" section beginning with the September/October 1985 issue. Over the ensuing...
Heritage and Heroes
Long before the Association's 75TH birthday on March 23, 2019, much thought, discussion, and preparation were directed toward ways to commemorate this remarkable milestone. I had anticipated, of course, that the Journal of Singing would play a significant...
How Mind Governs Voice: PART 2: A BASIC APPROACH IN THE TEACHING OF SINGING
Associate Editor's comments: "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." The old maxim reminds us all that, regardless of our position in the work to sow pedagogic success, our harvests are due in part to the work of those...
Keep Your Voice Healthy
The Bulletin X, no. 4 (May 1954): 23 "Keep Your Voice Healthy," by Friederich S. Brodnitz, M.D. (Harper & Bros. $3.50).This excellent book is intended to be a guide to the intelligent use and care of the singing and speaking voice. There is a rather...
Native Song-A Thumbnail Sketch
Editor's Note: The following is the first full-length article found in a NATS periodical, having appeared early in our publication history (The Bulletin I, no. 2 [January 1945]: 3). Author Leon Carson was one of the five "founders" ofNATS, the Association's...
Present Day Teacher Reviews Lamperti
The Bulletin VIII, no. 2 (November/ December 1951): 21 PRESENT DAY TEACHER REVIEWS LAMPERTI by Anthony Guarino, Boston, MassachusettsSome months ago a friend presented me with an old, discolored book that he quite by chance picked up at a second-hand...
Reinventing the Wheel
In preparing to celebrate NATS's Diamond Jubilee, I've been perusing the archives of the Journal of Singing, exploring the evolution of pedagogic thought and practice over our 75 year history. It is fascinating reading, in large part because so little...
The Challenge to the Voice Teacher of Today
Associate Editor's comments: Ruth Miller Chamlee (1892-1983) served NATS in many capacities, including organizing the Los Angeles chapter, serving as Regional Governor of what was then called the California-Western Region, and chairing the ad hoc Committee...
The Effect of Tongue Position on Spectra in Singing
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind.But the tongue can no man tame: it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:7,8)Although St. James's charge against...
The Fundamentals of Singing by Charles Kennedy Scott
The Bulletin XIII, no. 1 (October 1956): 29 "The Fundamentals of Singing," by Charles Kennedy Scott, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 2 West 45th Street, New York, 1954, xxxii, 439 pp„ $8.50. An inquiry into the mechanical and expressive aspects of the...
The Listener's Gallery
Even a casual student of twentieth century history knows something of the precarious state of the world in 1944. Nearly every corner of the planet was caught in the brutal jaws of war and there was no way to be certain of who (if anyone) would eventually...
The Singer's Art
The Bulletin XIV, no. 4 (May 1958): 25 "The Singer's Art," by Richard De Young, Mus. D., an analysis of vocal principles, De Paul University, Chicago 1958, 174 pp„ $3.75; distributed by North Shore Press, 535 S. Sheridan Rd„ Waukegan, Illinois.The catholicity...
To Belt or Not to Belt ... That Is the Question
Associate Editor's Note: In 1985, then Editor in Chief Richard Miller decided to enlarge The NATS Bulletin's pedagogic umbrella to cover "nonclassical" vocal music in a regular featured column. Richard reached out to me and "The Bach to Rock Connection"...
Toward an Objective Vocabulary for Voice Pedagogy
Dr. Janwillem van den Berg directs research in the physiology laboratory of the State University, Groningen Holland. The Bulletin of May 15, 1958, carried a laic version of his paper, "On the Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Theory of Voice Production," which...
Training the Vocal Instrument
A statement of the Laws and Precepts about which there should be universal agreement among Teachers of Singing(Note.-This first draft is submitted by the Editorial Committee to the members for their comment and any suggestions for revision)Associate...
Your Voice
"Your Voice," by Douglas Stanley, M.S., Mus. D., Pitman Publishing Corporation, 2 West 45 Street, New York, 157, third edition, revised, 374 pp., $7.50.It may well be questioned if, in the annals of vocal history, there has ever appeared a more polemic...
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