Dynamics of the Singing Voice

ISBN-10: 3211887288
ISBN-13: 9783211887288
Edition: 5th 2009
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Book details

List price: $79.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 5/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 233
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

This title 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.

Introduction
Core singing
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
The human energy field and singing
Defining the human energy field
Components of the human 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 fields
Take responsibility for learning
Take responsibility for thoughts and language
Pay mindful attention to each practice and lesson
Treat all colleagues, peers and teachers with respect
Be centered and aware
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 for learning and performing by having a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual safe haven for every student
Be grateful for each student
Be professional about the business of singing
The responsibility of the student
Objectivity
Extra-curricula development complementary to singing
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
What every singer needs to know: Co-ordination, spontaneity and Artistry
Co-ordination
Spontaneity
Artistry
Love of singing
Dedication to the work of singing
Individuality
Emotional involvement
Personality and magnetism
Performance that transcends the ordinary
On becoming a dynamic singer
The role and function of the voice: an overview
Communication
Psychological factors
Psychological factors
Acoustic and environmental factors
Psychological factors of communication
Physiological factors
Acoustic factors
Perception
Posture and breathing in singing
Posture and physical alignment
Respiration
Quiet respiration
Inspiration
The diaphragm
The intercostal muscles
Other muscles of inspiration
Expiration
The abdominal muscles
Other muscles of expiration
Subglottic pressure
Summary: breathing for singing
Phonation
The anatomy of the vibratory mechanism
The function of the vocal folds in singing
The onset of sound
Neurological factors of phonation
Physiological factors of phonation
Pitch
Range
Vibrato
Registers
Subglottic pressure and vocal intensity
Summary
Resonation and vocal quality
The anatomy and physiology of the pharynx
The constrictors
the relatively slender longitudinal muscles which shorten the length of the pharynx
The muscles of the soft palate
A summary of the acoustics of the vocal tract
Vowel formation
Vocal quality
Factors which affect vocal quality
Overly active facial muscles
The position and movement of the lower jaw
Rigidity of the tongue
Tension in the neck
Tension in the chest
Emotional tension
Focus and intensity
Some misconceptions regarding resonance
Conclusion
Articulation
Vowels and consonants: a summary
Vowels
Consonants
The mechanism of articulation
Anatomical aspects of articulation
Fixed structures
Movable structures
The mandible
The lips
The tongue
Summary
Vocal health
General health and nutrition
Hoarseness
Allergies
Respiratory disease
Vocal misuse
Hoarseness of psychogenic origin
Drugs
Smoking
Special vocal problems of women
Surgical procedures pertinent to singers
Singers and their doctors
Complementary health professionals available to singers
Care of the voice
Research in singing
New areas of potential research in singing
The limitations of our current research
Areas for the adventurous to investigate
Summary: Exciting possibilities ahead
Appendices
A Classification of singers for research
Categories of singers
Classification Chart
Study Outlines for Vocal Anatomy
Introductory notes on anatomy
Notes about muscle tissue
Muscle action and terms of movement
Respiration
Phonation - the larynx
Pharynx and soft palate
Soft palate
Muscles of mastication
The tongue
Muscles of facial expression
References
Author index
Subject index

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