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On the art of singing

Author: Richard Miller
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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This manual deals with all aspects of singing and includes vocal technique, style and interpretation, professional preparation, and vocal pedagogy.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Miller
ISBN: 9780195098259 0195098250
OCLC Number: 916033742
Notes: "New and previously published essays, in part revised"--Contraportada.
Target Audience: Pregrado
Description: xii, 318 p. : il. ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I : On training the singing voice. Imagery and the teaching of singing. --
Five principles for the successful teaching of singing. --
Covering in the singing voice. --
The open throat (La gola aperta). --
Breath management diction and the vocal legato. --
Diction and vocal technique. --
The performer as voice teacher. --
Pedagogical clothing for the emperor and empress. --
The tricky teacher. --
Woofy baritones and tinny tenors. --
McPedagogy. --
What you need is more support. --
Simplicity in singing. --
Teaching hearing the voice. --
Si canta come is parla. --
How singing is not like speaking. --
Thinking phonetically (values and pitfalls of the IPA). --
A parable of the foolish baker. --
The choral conductor as teacher of vocal technique. --
The law of contingency and vocal pedagogies. --
To admire or to teach. --
Patching the vocal garment. --
Mysteries and miracles. --
The flat earth school of vocal pedagogy. --
Sharpening up some old pedagogical saws. --
Open windows. Part II : On musical style and interpretation. Purely a matter of taste. --
The two poles of Bel Canto. --
Singing the mélodie. --
Self perception and performance reality. --
Liederwurst. --
Seit ich ihn gesehen ... kann ich jedoch singen. --
Words or sentences? Notes or phrases?. --
Sentiment or sentimentality. --
Singing the recitative. --
Reality and art. --
Pop music, non western European vocal styles and efficient vocal function. --
How is legato achieved in singing. --
Rhythm versus beat. --
Large and small strokes. --
The Gilda in the sack school of singing. --
The demise of the studio Baroque vocal sound. --
Vocal coach or vocal technician. --
Vocal tea parties of the private and public sorts. --
As the old Italians said. --
The lively dying art of singing. --
The sense of immediacy in singing. Part III : On preparation for the professional life. The seven pillars of performance success. --
Wrapping up the performance package. --
What to do on a performance day. --
Warming up the voice. --
The technique of marking. --
The vocal contestant and the judges. --
Twenty-one proven ways to alienate competition judges. --
Beginning with another teacher. --
Early and late bloomers. --
creative practicing. --
A stroll past the practice rooms. --
What technical work have you done today. --
The lonely soccer player. --
How to really bomb a master class. --
Developing independence in the student. --
Is there a cure for performance anxiety. --
Please tell me my fach. --
The aging singer. --
The wisdom of the body in singing. --
Studio procedures. --
Truth in advertising. --
A critical look. --
The practicality of creativity. Part IV : On the singing voice and vocal function. The singing teacher in the age of voice science. --
On the invasion of vocal pedagogy by science. --
The invisible instrument. --
Have you read the literature. --
Taming the terrible triplets of vocal tract : tongue / hyoid bone / larynx. --
The three musketeers of tension : tongue, neck and jaw. --
Gorillas giraffes lions and gazelles. --
Male and female created he them. --
In search of the tenth rib. --
Teaching voices of the opposite gender. --
Instinctive artistic singing. --
Let's build a straw man : the technique versus artistry debate. --
The misuses of scientific information in the teaching of singing. --
Relax and sing. --
Easily not lazily : tonicity in the singing instrument. --
The effect of tongue position on spectra in singing. --
The role of the jaw in singing. --
The incorrupt jaw and tongue of Saint Anthony of Padua. --
How big is the big sound. --
Feeling hearing and seeing the voice. --
Spectrographic analysis of the singing voice. --
Vowel definition in a performance by Jussi Bjoerling of Vesti la giubba. --
Spectral components of five cardinal vowels in the soprano singing voice considered by means of the sequential vowel diagonal. --
A brief spectral study of vowel differentiation and modification in a professional tenor voice. --
What the vocal arts laboratory can and cannot do. --
The singer and the Otolaryngologist.
Responsibility: Richard Miller.


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The content of the book is commendable, useful and illustrated with plenty of amusing anecdotes. * Elin Harries, Music Teacher, May 1997 * Richard Miller's eminence as a vocal pedagogue, is securely Read more...

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