Dynamics of the Singing Voice

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-04
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag

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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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Core singingp. 1
Key issues in singing todayp. 3
The approach to teaching and learningp. 3
The language of the mindp. 4
Developing talentp. 5
Learning to trust the voicep. 6
Awareness and responsibilityp. 6
The human energy field and singingp. 8
Defining the human energy fieldp. 8
Components of the human energy fieldp. 9
Invisible aspects of the energy fieldp. 10
Mental aspectsp. 10
Emotionsp. 11
Psychological influencesp. 13
Psychic aspectsp. 13
Spiritual aspectsp. 14
Physical aspectsp. 14
Singers as masters of their own energy fieldsp. 15
Take responsibility for learningp. 15
Take responsibility for thoughts and languagep. 15
Pay mindful attention to each practice and lessonp. 15
Treat all colleagues, peers and teachers with respectp. 16
Be centered and awarep. 16
Vocal pedagogy in the 21st Centuryp. 17
Working with the Whole studentp. 18
Right - left brain balance in teaching and learningp. 18
Co-responsibility in learning and the establishment of trustp. 20
Use of language that enriches teaching and learningp. 21
Self-development as the core of teaching and learningp. 22
The responsibility of the teacherp. 23
Continue to be a lifelong studentp. 23
Learn to coach the mental aspects of performancep. 24
Create a positive studio atmosphere for learning and performing by having a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual safe haven for every studentp. 24
Be grateful for each studentp. 25
Be professional about the business of singingp. 25
The responsibility of the studentp. 27
Objectivityp. 27
Extra-curricula development complementary to singingp. 27
Elimination of mind chatter and excessive self-criticismp. 28
Meaningful practice and rehearsalp. 28
Find ways to monitor progressp. 29
Have the courage to take performance risksp. 29
Be grateful for your talentp. 29
The future of vocal pedagogyp. 29
What every singer needs to know: Co-ordination, spontaneity and Artistryp. 31
Co-ordinationp. 32
Spontaneityp. 33
Artistryp. 37
Love of singingp. 37
Dedication to the work of singingp. 37
Individualityp. 37
Emotional involvementp. 38
Personality and magnetismp. 38
Performance that transcends the ordinaryp. 39
On becoming a dynamic singerp. 39
The role and function of the voice: an overviewp. 43
Communicationp. 43
Psychological factorsp. 45
Psychological factorsp. 46
Acoustic and environmental factorsp. 47
Psychological factors of communicationp. 48
Physiological factorsp. 50
Acoustic factorsp. 52
Perceptionp. 53
Posture and breathing in singingp. 56
Posture and physical alignmentp. 56
Respirationp. 63
Quiet respirationp. 64
Inspirationp. 65
The diaphragmp. 68
The intercostal musclesp. 71
Other muscles of inspirationp. 77
Expirationp. 79
The abdominal musclesp. 79
Other muscles of expirationp. 84
Subglottic pressurep. 84
Summary: breathing for singingp. 86
Phonationp. 89
The anatomy of the vibratory mechanismp. 90
The function of the vocal folds in singingp. 102
The onset of soundp. 103
Neurological factors of phonationp. 105
Physiological factors of phonationp. 105
Pitchp. 106
Rangep. 107
Vibratop. 108
Registersp. 109
Subglottic pressure and vocal intensityp. 113
Summaryp. 114
Resonation and vocal qualityp. 116
The anatomy and physiology of the pharynxp. 119
The constrictorsp. 121
the relatively slender longitudinal muscles which shorten the length of the pharynxp. 121
The muscles of the soft palatep. 123
A summary of the acoustics of the vocal tractp. 126
Vowel formationp. 130
Vocal qualityp. 136
Factors which affect vocal qualityp. 136
Overly active facial musclesp. 136
The position and movement of the lower jawp. 137
Rigidity of the tonguep. 138
Tension in the neckp. 138
Tension in the chestp. 138
Emotional tensionp. 138
Focus and intensityp. 139
Some misconceptions regarding resonancep. 142
Conclusionp. 144
Articulationp. 145
Vowels and consonants: a summaryp. 145
Vowelsp. 145
Consonantsp. 146
The mechanism of articulationp. 147
Anatomical aspects of articulationp. 148
Fixed structuresp. 148
Movable structuresp. 148
The mandiblep. 148
The lipsp. 151
The tonguep. 152
Summaryp. 155
Vocal healthp. 157
General health and nutritionp. 157
Hoarsenessp. 159
Allergiesp. 160
Respiratory diseasep. 160
Vocal misusep. 161
Hoarseness of psychogenic originp. 164
Drugsp. 165
Smokingp. 166
Special vocal problems of womenp. 166
Surgical procedures pertinent to singersp. 167
Singers and their doctorsp. 169
Complementary health professionals available to singersp. 170
Care of the voicep. 170
Research in singingp. 173
New areas of potential research in singingp. 174
The limitations of our current researchp. 175
Areas for the adventurous to investigatep. 176
Summary: Exciting possibilities aheadp. 177
Appendicesp. 178
A Classification of singers for researchp. 179
Categories of singersp. 179
Classification Chartp. 180
Study Outlines for Vocal Anatomyp. 184
Introductory notes on anatomyp. 184
Notes about muscle tissuep. 186
Muscle action and terms of movementp. 187
Respirationp. 189
Phonation - the larynxp. 191
Pharynx and soft palatep. 195
Soft palatep. 197
Muscles of masticationp. 198
The tonguep. 200
Muscles of facial expressionp. 202
Referencesp. 205
Author indexp. 219
Subject indexp. 221
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