What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body

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9781597563246: What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body

How well do you know your body? Well, the here's how and what's what of your vocal instrument -- your entire body -- not just the larynx, are contained succinctly, clearly, and simply in this practical book. What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body gives singers, their teachers, and coaches a Body Mapping resource: teaching readers how to embody anatomy and physiology to help them discover and correct their misconceptions about the way their bodies are built and the way they function.  In doing so, it provides maps with detailed descriptions of the structures and movement used in breathing, phonation, resonance, articulation and gesture illuminated with numerous illustrations and supported by many exploratory exercises.
 
The three authors Malde, Allen, and Zeller are licensed Andover Educators teaching the exciting and beneficial course: What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body. Barbara Conable, who created the course and Andover Educators, provides an Introduction to the book, and author Malde provides How to Use this Book.  As experienced voice teachers and licensed Andover Educators, the three authors offer a wealth of information in this book. Chapters include: Body Mapping, Kinesthesia and Inclusive Awareness, The Core of the Body and the Six Places of Balance, the Singer's Breath, Creating a Singing Sound, Resonating the Voice, Singing as Communication: Mapping the Structures of Articulation, and Physical Expression for Singers.  The two appendix are:  What To Do about Performance Anxiety, by Barbara Conable, and The Scientific Basis of Body Mapping, by T. Richard Nichols.

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Because the structures and movements inherent in the vocal instrument are the same for every singer, they apply equally to every kind of singing.  Difference in style result from differences in the choice of movement.  This book describes the movements of singing with accuracy and detail.

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Melissa Malde, D.M.A., is a licensed Andover Educator and an active performer in opera, concert, recital and musical theatre. She has presented papers and clinics at numerous national and regional conferences. She received her D.M.A. in Vocal Performance and Stage Direction from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Other degrees are from the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, Northwestern University and Oberlin. She taught at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and Luther College before returning to her home state of Colorado, where she now teaches Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
 
MaryJean Allen, M.M., A.D., is a licensed Andover Educator, has taught Body Mapping twelve years, and is also a certified Alexander Technique teacher. MaryJean has taught numerous workshops at universities, colleges, and high schools throughout the Midwest.  Many of her voice students sing professionally in classical, music theatre, or pop venues, while others teach voice or choral music.  She hold a Master of Music and Artist Diploma in vocal performance, along with a minor in piano performance.  Allen was competitively selected to sing in two Art Song Festivals, coaching with Dalton Baldwin, Elly Ameling, and Gerard Souzay.
 
Kurt-Alexander Zeller, D.M.A., is a licensed Andover Educator.  He currently serves as Director of Opera and Vocal Studies and Music Program Coordinator in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clayton State University. In addition to being an active performer, he is active throughout the country as a vocal adjudicator and clinician.  Dr. Zeller holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Theatre from Southern Methodist University, and graduate degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  He has done further study at the Early Music Institute of Indiana University and the 1995 National Association of Teachers of Singing Internship Program.

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