Keep Your Voice Healthy

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Keep Your Voice Healthy


Greschner, Debra, Journal of Singing


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 uninspiring introduction by Olin Downes.

Dr. Brodnitz has included much valuable and factual information, based on a broad experience, for the voice teacher, singer and layman, written in simple, clear language and very much to the point. There are numerous photographs and plates of the vocal cords and their operation, and studies of the head, throat, neck and mouth. Much of this specific data has been projected previously through other channels, and has become a part of the overall knowledge of the average legitimate teacher of singing, and which is being disseminated by him as part of the every-day studio routine, although as to this latter statement, the author does not seem to be in complete accord.

The plates, when properly explained to the student by the teacher, are illuminating and extremely serviceable.

In the second portion of the book, the author has written down some sage advice in Chapters VII on hygiene and VIII on common-sense self-treatment of colds, and in Chapter X on the infections of nose, throat and chest. …

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