Excellence in Singing: Multilevel Teaching & Multilevel Learning (5-Volume Boxed Set)

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While offering specific, detailed exercises, Excellence in Singing points to the larger issues of becoming an artist. By weaving the deeper issues with pragmatic exercises, you and your students develop a sense of how to draw meaning from your work, to make the whole process richer and more artistically satisfying. While each volume tightly weaves key concepts throughout the series, each book is also a complete text individually.

Volume I: Beginning the process Learn about vocal theories through beautifully written essays and exercises. Topics include the fundamental issues of anatomy, physiology, acoustics, and aerodynamics of the voice. 272 pages

Volume II: Mastering the fundamentals Develop your singing technique with easy to follow exercises for all voice ranges. Topics include the flexibility of the body, breath, phonation and resonance. Exercises in this volume are designed to allow the singer to discover the fundamental sensations that are key to singing with excellence. 357 pages

Volume III: Advancing the technique Using the concept of tonal landscape, learn how to smooth rough spots in your singing. Exercises in this volume allow the student to develop sostenuto, legato, trill, rapid scales, and messa di voce. 572 pages

Volume IV: Becoming an artist Students can use the tools, concepts and exercises to understand this process and feel comfortable with their role–on and off stage. Also included is a section on how to rise above artistic plateaus and reach even higher for new ideas, sensations, and concepts. 270 pages

Volume V: Managing vocal health Learn how to maintain vocal flexibility. Topics include nutrition, allergies, sinusitis, menstruation and menopause, with an emphasis on identifying trouble, medical intervention and how to work with an injured or recovering voice. 195 pages

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Robert Caldwell is president and CEO of Caldwell Publishing Company, which he founded in 1999. The company's mission is to make difficult ideas easier to teach and understand, particularly ideas in human anatomy and physiology.

Caldwell Publishing Company is now the parent company of PST...Inc., which he founded in 1987 to produce books for professional musicians.

He has authored and coauthored several best-selling books, including The Performer Prepares, Diction for Singers, the Singers' Edition Series, and his latest, the five-volume Excellence in Singing.

He has written, produced, directed, and animated several successful films, including the Human Voice series and Human Hearing series. These books and films are staples in colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, including the Juilliard School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Indiana University.

An accomplished pianist and singer, having earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in music, he also lectures and conducts master classes. A native of southern Louisiana, he now resides in Redmond, Washington with his daughter, Katelyn.

Joan Wall is a voice professor at Texas Woman's University, where she has taught diction courses for more than twenty years.

She was a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), presenting seminars and workshops, and has had a celebrated international performing career, singing as a principal with the Metropolitan Opera, the Deutche Opera Berlin, and in concerts, operas, and recitals throughout the United States.

She has sung under the direction of such conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Boris Goldovsky, Alfred Wallenstein, Jean Morel, Fausto Cleva, Anshel Brusilow, and Paul Hindemith.

Wall is the author of International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers and coauthor of Diction for Singers, The Singer's Voice video series, Sing! Text and songs for voice class, and the Excellence in Singing.

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The authors of numerous singing manuals, Caldwell and Wall (voice, Texas Woman's Univ.) present a remarkable resource for voice teachers, bringing together and building on much of the current and historical theory of vocal technique and training. Singers, coaches, and choir directors will also find much of value if they are not daunted by the quantity of information presented. Each volume includes many vocal exercises and interesting case studies. The first two volumes will be especially useful for beginning teachers: in a field rife with jargon and elusive imagery, the authors share suggestions to improve communication with students. In addition, the sections on teaching anatomy, acoustics, and the science of sound are very detailed. Volume 1, Beginning the Process, investigates teaching and learning at various levels. Volume 2, Mastering the Fundamentals, covers breath management, muscle awareness, and the use of resonators. Volume 3, Advancing the Technique, offers exercises and information of value to the advanced student. There is also an excellent section on teaching belt tone for musical theater students. Volume 4, Becoming an Artist, addresses important areas for aspiring professionals, including learning a score, preparing texts, and communicating with an audience. Volume 5, Managing Vocal Health, gives advice on when to send students to a physician and what to expect from a physical exam. Medical procedures for treating various vocal disorders are also discussed. A separate index volume (not seen) will accompany the set. Vocal study is a lifelong process as the "instrument" matures and then ages, and teachers and students work at a wide range of abilities something this work's multilevel approach effectively addresses. There are many more concise (and less expensive) books on vocal technique available, but nothing as comprehensive or as potentially rewarding for the serious voice teacher. Highly recommended for academic libraries and large music collections. [This can be purchased as a set or by volume. Ed.] Kate McCaffrey, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.
- Kate McCaffrey, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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