The Singing Book

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Unlike other texts, The Singing Book gets students singing on the very first day of class. The authors' "Sing first, talk later" philosophy encourages beginning students to sing without judging or constraining themselves, which is an essential prerequisite for learning repertoire and the more technical aspects of the vocal mechanism. The Singing Book's thoughtfully crafted three-part structure begins with motivational chapters, then systematically builds vocal strength and skill through carefully chosen repertoire, and finally introduces important information on the major aspects of developing healthy vocal techniques. Suitable for all skill levels and voice types, The Singing Book provides an anthology of over sixty songs, chosen specifically for the beginning singer. A 2-CD set (sold separately) provides melody, rhythm guides, and piano accompaniments for all selections in the anthology (with additional keys available on the Student Web Site), and the text's useful appendices feature methods for preparing song texts, extra warm-ups and vocalises, a guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet, and a brief primer on reading music.

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Meribeth Bunch is director of LifeWise International Ltd and works as a Voice and Communication Specialist in the arts and business. A respected authority on the science of the singing voice, she has given master classes in singing throughout the United States, UK, and Europe, and regularly teaches courses in the vocal arts and workshops in self-development for singers and teachers of singing, and management training courses for major corporations. She is the author of Dynamics of the Singing Voice and Creating Confidence. Cynthia Vaughn (Colorado State University) is a nationally known voice teacher and author who teaches class voice, applied voice, and basic pedagogy. For twenty years she has also taught beginning to advanced singers in her private studio and is an active performer in concert, opera, and musical theater. She writes for Classical Singer Magazine and was a columnist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing newsletter. She currently hosts NATS CHATS, an international online discussion forum for voice teachers and singers.

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