Synopses & Reviews
Suitable for all voices, this comprehensive introductory text uses a variety of pedagogical approaches to introduce students to the art and pleasure of singing. The text is flexibly organized, presenting the basic principles of voice production, musicianship, song interpretation, and vocal health in a format that can be adjusted to meet the needs of the classroom and the individual. The text consists of two parts. Part One discusses such topics as breathing, basic vocal health, learning to read music, how to learn a song, and performance techniques. Part Two is an anthology of 50 songs - folk, musical theater, art songs, and rounds (for group performance).
This comprehensive introductory text has helped a generation of non-singers find their voice and thousands of amateur singers sing even better just as it will help you. In Part One, you will learn about principles of voice production, breathing, basic vocal health, learning to read music, how to learn a song, performance techniques, musicianship, and song interpretation. Part Two provides you with an anthology of 60 songs--folk, musical theater, art songs, songs of faith, duets, and rounds (for group performance). A separate CD set is available that includes all the melodies and accompaniments for the song anthology.
This comprehensive introductory text has helped hundreds of thousands of new singers and experienced singers find their voice or sing even better. The text consists of two parts. Part One discusses practicing, vocalizing, breathing, learning and dramatizing songs, maintaining your vocal health, and reading music. Part Two is an anthology of 52 songs, from folk songs, movies and musical theater, art songs and arias, songs of faith, duets, and rounds (for group performance). A companion 2-CD Set (ISBN 0495115320) includes all the melodies and accompaniments for the song anthology, plus pronunciation for foreign language songs.
Table of Contents
Part I: TECHNIQUE. 1. Practicing. 2. Vocalizing. 3. Breathing. 4. Learning a Song. 5. Basic Principles of Vocal Technique. 6. Vocal Health. 7. Theatrics of Singing. 8. Music Reading. Part II: SONG ANTHOLOGY. 1. Background and Performance Notes. 2. Folk Songs. A la Claire Fontaine. Amar, Amar. Canción Mixteca. Carrickfergus. The Coconut Tree. How Can I Keep from Singing? I Live Not Where I Love. If You Will Love Me. Maranoa Lullaby. Marianina. The Meadowlands. Oh Danny Boy. Scarborough Fair. See the Waters A-Gliding. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. 3. Songs from Movies and Musical Theater. The Book of Love. A Change in Me. The Colors of My Life. Hey, Look Me Over. If Ever I Would Leave You. Long Ago. The Moon and I. On My Own. Once upon a Dream. Simple. Since I Gave My Heart Away. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Unexpected Song. When I Fall in Love. You Made Me Love You. 4. Art Songs and Arias. Beneath a Weeping Willow's Shade. Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind. Come Away. Come Ready and See Me. Im Frühling. L'aurore. Linden Lea. Noche Serena. Non lo dir col labbro. Pastoral. Sure on This Shining Night. There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind. Un moto di gioia. Wehmut. Will There Really Be a Morning? 5. Songs of Faith. Ave Maria. Be Thou My Vision. Eternal Life (Prayer of St. Francis). Gaelic Blessing (May the Road Rise up to Meet You). The God of Abraham Praise. Great Day! He Shall Feed His Flock. O Rest in the Lord. Panis Angelicus. Psalm 23. 6. Duets. 7. Rounds. Dona Nobis Pacem. Let Us Sing Together. Shalom Chaverim (Farewell, Good Friends). Sample Vocal Exercises. For Further Study. Glossary of Musical Terms and Symbols. Glossary of Technical Terms. Glossary of Song Styles. International Phonetic Alphabet. eSources. Bibliography. Index.