This book reveals the benefits of Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis's revolutionary listening training techniques. Tomatis's training is directed primarily at singers and artists, though it has been seen to have profoundly theraputic effects on those who suffer from hearing loss and psychological problems. The translation and adaptations provided by the editors of this first English version of Tomatis's work make the content easily accessible to a broad audience, and each of the book's three Parts can be read fruitfully seperately, or together, and in any order. The book will appeal to everyone who wants to understand and experience the benefits of conscious listening.
Alfred A. Tomatis (1920-2001) practiced as an ear, nose, and throat doctor in Paris, and specialized in the treatment of singers. Contralto Roberta Prada is president of Vox Mentor, LLC and is an active concert and recital performer. Baritone Francis Keeping is a performing and graphic artist, who teaches voice in New York. Pierre Sollier trained with Dr. Tomatis in Paris and is a family counselor in Oaxaca, Mexico. More information can be found at the author's webpage, www.vocalimages.com
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 To the Reader Part 4 How to Use This Book Part 5 Acknowledgments Part 6 Part I: Some Reflections on Singing Chapter 7 1 Treating the Voice Chapter 8 2 Singing, the Source of Energy Chapter 9 3 What is a Beautiful Voice? Chapter 10 4 Singing and the Right Ear Chapter 11 5 About Singers Chapter 12 6 The Art of Singing Part 13 Part II: How the Ear Works Chapter 14 7 About Listening Chapter 15 8 Anatomy and Physiology Chapter 16 9 The Ear and the Nervous System Chapter 17 10 The Ear's Control of the Voice Part 18 Part III: Vocal Technique Chapter 19 11 How to Sing Chapter 20 12 Listening Posture: Ear and Body Chapter 21 13 Bone Conduction Chapter 22 14 Breathing Chapter 23 15 Vowels Chapter 24 16 Falsetto Chapter 25 17 What is Needed to Sing Well? Chapter 26 18 Conclusion Part 27 Selected Bibliography Part 28 Index Part 29 About the Authors