Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers

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PEDAGOGY ISSUES

ESTABLISHING OR ALTERING A TONAL CONCEPT

QUESTION

How does a singer develop a concept of beautiful tone, and how can a tonal concept be established or altered?


COMMENT

This thoughtful question has to do with the psychology of teaching and learning. Could a comprehensive answer be readily discovered, teaching singing would be a much easier profession. Most singers are drawn to the art of singing by hearing beautiful timbre and artistry from some model or models they admire. Although the means of artistic communication are discernible, no one can clarify with exactitude how the brain establishes an aesthetic goal or why a specific tonal concept becomes preferable to the exclusion of all others. Cultural milieu plays a determining role, but environment alone cannot explain why a singer may choose to accept, reject, or modify a specific aesthetic aim. With regard to form and structure, the elements of music are identifiable. How the mind processes the quality of ideal sound is not.

The chief task of the singing teacher is to devise and articulate ways that permit an individual performer to uncover dormant physical and acoustic potentials, and to harness them in the production of sound that is optimal for that particular

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xiii
  • Solutions for Singers *
  • Breath Management 1
  • Posture 35
  • Laryngeal and Intralaryngeal Function 47
  • Resonance Balancing 63
  • Nasal Continuants and Nonnasal Consonants 111
  • The Phenomenon of Vibrato 121
  • Registration 129
  • Healthy Singing 169
  • Pedagogy Issues 187
  • Performance Concerns 225
  • Glossary of Terms 249
  • Appendix I - Pitch Designations 257
  • Appendix II - Ipa Symbols for Vowels, Semivowels, and French Nasal Vowel Sounds 259
  • Appendix III - Ipa Symbols for Consonant Sounds 261
  • Appendix IV - Repertoire for Younger or Beginning Singers 263
  • Select Bibliography 273
  • Index 281
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