Synopses & Reviews
A foundational text in music education, TEACHING KIDS TO SING, 2e delivers a developmental program of exercises and skills to help all students achieve confident, accurate, and expressive singing. Founded on the principle that singing is a "learned" skill and grounded in the latest physiological research, this popular text provides a groundbreaking, step-by-step methodology for energizing the body, breath, ear, voice, and song. Thoroughly revised and updated, the new Second Edition includes a revision of the basic methodology, updated research on young singers, a separate new section on vocal physiology, contemporary music selections, and much more.
About the Author
Kenneth H. Phillips, Professor Emeritus at The University of Iowa, is a graduate of Westminster College (BM), West Virginia University (MM), and Kent State University (Ph.D.). An award-winning researcher and teacher, Dr. Phillips is the author of four books--TEACHING KIDS TO SING (Cengage), BASIC TECHNIQUES OF CONDUCTING (Oxford University Press), DIRECTING THE CHORAL MUSIC PROGRAM (OUP), and EXPLORING RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION AND MUSIC THERAPY (OUP)--as well as more than 100 reviews, chapters, and professional journal articles. Professor Phillips has been honored with three outstanding teaching awards from The University of Iowa and is recognized by the National Association for Music Education as one of the nation's most accomplished music educators. A recipient of the Robert M. McCowen Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Choral Music, he holds the Distinguished Music Alumni Award from Kent State University and serves as an honorary board member of the Lowell Mason Foundation. Dr. Phillips has presented workshops throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, and New Zealand.
Table of Contents
Preface. PART I: THE YOUNG SINGER. 1. Vocal Pedagogy for Young Singers. Philosophical and Historical Perspectives. A Psychomotor Process. Study and Discussion Questions. References. Bibliography of Child Vocal Research Related to the Methodology. 2. The Psychomotor Process. Aural Acuity. Pitch Discrimination. Motor Coordination. Inaccurate Singing. Study and Discussion Questions. References. 3. Research on the Young Singer. The Elementary School Singer. The Secondary School Singer. Study and Discussion Questions. References. 4. The Child Singer. Characteristics of Vocal Development. Vocal Parameters. Teaching a Song. Study and Discussion Questions. References. 5. The Adolescent Singer. The Nature of Adolescents. Adolescent Female Voice. Adolescent Male Voice. Study and Discussion Questions. References. PART II: VOCAL PHYSIOLOGY. 6. Breathing and Laryngeal Mechanics. The Breath. Breathing Physiology. The Voice. Laryngeal Physiology. Study and Discussion Questions. References. 7. Resonator and Articulator Mechanics. Resonant Tone Production. Resonator Physiology. Developing Resonance. Articulator Physiology. Diction for Singing. Study and Discussion Questions. References. 8. The Healthy Voice. Knowing Your Voice. Worksheet: Knowing Your Voice. Study and Discussion Questions. References. PART III: VOCAL TECHNIQUE FOR YOUNG SINGERS. 9. The Method: An Overview. A Rationale for Teaching Kids to Sing. The Revised Curriculum. Singing Assessment. Study and Discussion Questions. 10. Level I Exercises: 1-40. Part 1: Energize the Body. Part 2: Energize the Breath. Part 3: Energize the Ear. Part 4: Energize the Voice. Part 5: Energize the Song. Study and Discussion Questions. 11. Level II Exercises: 41-80. Part 1: Energize the Body. Part 2: Energize the Breath. Part 3: Energize the Ear. Part 4: Energize the Voice. Part 5: Energize the Song. Study and Discussion Questions. 12: Singing Lessons. Summary Outline: Level I. Sample Singing Lessons: Level I. Exercise Record: Level I. Summary Outline: Level II. Sample Singing Lessons: Level II. Exercise Record: Level II. Postscript. Appendix A: Recommended Resources for Child and Adolescent Singing. Appendix B: Lists of Recommended Choral Repertory. Easy Literature for Elementary Choirs and General Music Classes. Basic Literature for Jr. High/Middle School Choirs. Basic Literature for High School Choirs. Index.