During the past decades, "Dynamics of the singing voice" has successfully been established as a reference text for teachers of singing, singers, choral conductors and organists, speech and voice therapists, laryngologists and other health professionals, psychologists and those in linguistics. It discusses the physiological, psychological, musical and emotional aspects of the voice, particularly as they relate to singing but also to speaking. The book provides a greater understanding of how the voice works and the many factors involved in singing as well as an objective discussion of singing without reference to specific techniques.
In this fifth edition, the author has now updated and rearranged the content. Furthermore she has added a new chapter on vocal pedagogic aspects in order to meet the requirements of the art of singing of the 21st century. Thus this new book provides the reader with the established concepts in combination with the latest knowledge about modern approaches to the singing voice.
Foreword Preface and Acknowledgements 1 Core Singing: New approaches to singing for the 21st Century Key issues in singing today The approach to teaching and learning The language of the mind Developing talent Learning to trust the voice Awareness and responsibility 2 The Human Energy Field and Singing Defining the human energy field Components of the energy field Invisible aspects of the energy field Mental aspects Emotions Psychological influences Psychic aspects Spiritual aspects Physical aspects Singers as masters of their own energy field Responsibility for learning Responsibility for thoughts and language Mindful attention to each practice and lesson Treat colleagues, peers and teachers with respect Be centered and aware 3 Vocal Pedagogy in the 21st Century Working with the whole Student Right-Left Brain Balance in teaching and Learning Co-responsibility in learning and the establishment of trust Use of language that enriches teaching and learning Self-development as the core of teaching and learning The responsibility of the teacher Continue to be a lifelong student Learn to coach the mental aspects of performance Create a positive studio atmosphere Be grateful for each student who arrives at your door Be professional about the business of singing The responsibility of the student Objectivity Extra-curricula development complementary to singin Elimination of mind chatter and excessive self-criticism Meaningful practice and rehearsal Find ways to monitor progress Have the courage to take performance risks Be grateful for your talent The future of vocal pedagogy 4. What Every Singer Needs To Know: Co-ordination, Spontaneity and Artistry Co-ordination Spontaneity Artistry a) Love of Singing b) Dedication to the Work of Singing c) Indivuality d) Emotional Involvement e) Personality and Magnetism f) Performance That Transcends the Ordinary On Becoming a Dynamic Singer 5. The Role and Function of the Voice: An Overview Psychological factors of communication Physiological factors Acoustic factors Perception 6 Posture and breathing in singing Posture Respiration Inspiration a) The diaphragm b) The intercostal muscles c) Other muscles of inspiration Expiration a) The abdominal muscles b) Other muscles of expiration Subglottic pressure Summary: breathing for singing 7 Phonation The anatomy of the vibratory mechanism The function of the vocal folds in singing The attack Neurological factors of phonation Physiological factors of phonation Pitch Range Vibrato Registers Subglottic pressure and vocal intensity Summary 8 Resonation and vocal quality The anatomy and physiology of the pharynx The constrictors The longitudinal muscles The soft palate A summary of the acoustics of the vocal tract Vowel formation Vocal quality Factors which affect vocal quality Focus and in