Foundations in Singing w/ Keyboard fold-out

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2005-10-18
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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A practical, effective combination of textbook and song anthology,Foundations in Singinghelps students master the essentials of vocal technique. Addressing the particular needs of beginners, the positive language provides encouragement while the solid pedagogy and wide selection of songs promote understanding. In the new eighth edition, vocal health, formerly Chapter 11, has been moved to an earlier position, Chapter 6, and song contents were expanded. Twelve titles, several in two keys, are new to this edition, including Jeanine Tesori, who wrote new songs for the 2001 production ofThoroughly Modern Millie, poet Langston Hughes and composers H. T. Burleigh, Margaret Bonds and Duke Ellington. A Mexican popular standard, "Sabor agrave; mi," is included for the first time.

Table of Contents

Note: Song Contents listing follows Chapter 12 in the textbook.
Song Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Author

Chapter 1 Freedom to Sing

Can I learn to sing?

How will I improve my singing?

Private lessons or classes?

What will I need?

Physical freedom

How muscles work


Chapter 2 Breath and the Body

Singing posture

Head alignment

Learn to breathe

The breathing mechanism



Breath support


Ideas about breath support

Interaction between posture and breath action

Upside-down breathing


Chapter 3 Free Tone

Tone quality

Descriptive words

Vocal acoustics

Tonal goals

Onsets and releases

What the vocal bands do

Three methods of onset

Three methods of release


Increasing your Resonance

Feeling and hearing

How to vocalize

What pitches to sing

Chapter 4 Changing Resonances in Your Voice

Chest or head?

Blending registers

Your speaking pitch level

What kind of voice?

Voice types

Belt and pop singing


Chapter 5 Preparing a Song

Choosing a song

Learning the music

Vocalizing the melody

Learning the words

About breathing

Catch breaths

Take enough breaths!


Working with the words

Chapter 6 Understanding Your Vocal Instrument

The voice as a musical instrument

What's behind your Adam's apple?

Vocal health

Vocal overuse

Damaged voices

Defense against colds


Chapter 7 Vowels and Vocal Color

Speaking as a basis for singing

What is diction?

Thinking phonetically


Seven Italian vowels

Bright vowels

Dark Vowels

Pure Ay and Oh in English

Eight English vowels

Summary of fifteen vowels

Equalizing the vowels

Vocalizing on English vowels

Coloring your voice for expression

Chapter 8 Consonants and Clarity




Voiced and voiceless pairs

Special consonants

R: the variable sound

Clusters and legato singing

Chapter 9 Double and Triple Vowels

Five common diphthongs

Schwa diphthongs

Schwa triphthongs

Chapter 10 Performing a Song

Musical styles

Beginning, middle, and end

Strophic songs

Through-composed songs

Pop-song form

The pianist

Poise, confidence and overcoming stage fright

Preparation is the best confidence builder


What about mishaps?

If you are ill

Chapter 11- Extending Your Voice

Vocal strength


Increasing resonance

Improving breath control



Low notes

High notes

Chapter 12 Notes for Nonmusicians

What is a musical ear?


Measures and bar lines

Rhythmic values




Major scales

Minor scales

Looking at music

Melodies for note-reading

Song Contents

*new to this edition

15 Songs for Group Singing

America the Beautiful

Auld Lang Syne Christmas Is Coming (round)

De colores

Dona nobis pacem (round)*


Greeting Song

Hinay Ma Tov (round)

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Scarborough Fair

Sing and Rejoice (round)

The Star-Spangled Banner

This Little Light of Mine

Viva la musica! (round)

12 Traditional Songs

All the Notes of All the Earth

Auprs de ma blonde


Cielito lindo

Deep River

Down by the Sally Gardens

Drink to Me Only

Love Will Find Out the Way

Sakura, Sakura

The Turtle-Dove


24 Art Songs and arias

O Mistress Mine*

Since First I Saw Your Face

The Silver Swan

The Anglers Song*

Dolce scherza

Io le dir che l'amo

Spring Song

Who Is Sylvia?

Beautiful Dreamer

Santa Lucia

Willow, Tit-Willow

In Haven


The Sky above the Roof


By the Sea


Calma di mare*


The Lord Has a Child

To a Brown Girl, Dead

Lo, How a Rose

Sunshine Again*

19 Musical Theater Songs and Popular Song Classics

It Don't Mean a Thing

Love is Here to Stay, from The Goldwyn Follies

Over the Rainbow, from The Wizard of Oz

They Say It's Wonderful, from Annie Get Your Gun

I'll Know, from Guys and Dolls*

Whistle a Happy Tune, from The King and I*

All for You, from Saturday Night*

One Hand, One Heart, from West Side Story

Sabor a m

Soon It's Gonna Rain, from The Fantasticks

Consider Yourself, from Oliver*

Make Someone Happy, from Do Re Mi

In My Life

Happiness, from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Believe in Yourself, from The Wiz

What I Did for Love, from Chorus Line*

Once Upon a Dream, from Jekyll and Hyde

Whistle Down the Wind, from Whistle Down the Wind

I Turned the Corner, from Thoroughly Modern Millie

Appendix A Notes on the Songs
Appendix B The International Phonetic Alphabet
Index of Authors, Composers and Song Sources
Index of Vocal and Musical Terms

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