Titles in the Dictionaries for the Modern Musician series offer both the novice and the advanced artist key information designed to convey the field of study and performance for a major instrument or instrument class, as well as the workings of musicians in areas from conducting to composing. Each dictionary covers topics from instrument parts to technique, major works to key figures-a must-have for any musician's personal library!
A Dictionary for the Modern Singer is an indispensable guide for students of singing, voice pedagogues, and lovers of the art of singing. In addition to classical singing, genres, and styles, musical theatre and popular and global styles are addressed. With an emphasis on contemporary practice, this work includes terms and figures that influenced modern singing styles. Topics include voice pedagogy, voice science, vocal health, styles, genres, performers, diction, and other relevant topics. The dictionary will help students to more fully understand the concepts articulated by their teachers.
Matthew Hoch's book fills a gap in the singer's library as the only one-volume general reference geared toward today's student of singing. An extensive bibliography is invaluable for students seeking to explore a particular subject in greater depth. Illustrations and charts further illuminate particular concepts, while appendixes address stage fright, tips on practicing, repertoire selection, audio technology, and contemporary commercial music styles.
A Dictionary for the Modern Singer will appeal to students of singing at all levels. For professionals, it will serve as a quick and handy reference guide, useful in the high school or college library and the home teaching studio alike; students and amateurs will find it accessible and full of fascinating information about the world of the singing.
Matthew Hoch is associate professor of voice and coordinator of voice studies at Auburn University. He is the author of several books, including Welcome to Church Music & The Hymnal 1982 (2015) and Voice Secrets (2016). He holds a BM from Ithaca College, MM from the Hartt School, and DMA from the New England Conservatory. Dr. Hoch is the 2016 winner of the Van Lawrence Fellowship, awarded jointly by the Voice Foundation and NATS. He actively performs art song, opera, chamber music and in professional choral settings.
Foreword by Donald Simonson The Dictionary Essays Classical and Contemporary Commercial Music: A Comparison by Jeannette LoVetri Criteria for Selecting Repertoire by John Nix Practicing 101: Ten Tips for Making the Most of Your Time Between Lessons by Dean Southern Coping with Musical Performance Anxiety by Heather Hunnicutt What Every Singer Needs to Know About Audio Technology by Matthew Edwards Appendices Appendix 1. IPA Vowel Chart, Consonant Chart and Symbol Chart Appendix 2. Anatomy Diagrams Appendix 3. Fach Chart Appendix 4. Bel Canto: A Definition Appendix 5. Timeline: The History of Singing Appendix 6. The Pulitzer Prize and Grawemeyer Award: Vocal Works Appendix 7. The Tony Award for Best Musical Appendix 8. 100 Operas to Know Appendix 9. Major Song Cycles, Collections, and Sets Appendix 10. Listening to Singers Appendix 11. Top Ten Steps to Wellness Appendix 12. Medications and Their Effects on the Voice