Friday, November 4th, 2011
Richard Alderson, Parker Publishing Co., NY, 1979. 240 pages of body content.
- This text references the early scientific voice studies by a well established voice teacher at Northwestern University’s School of Music.
- Useful for a discerning voice teacher, or voice student studying vocal pedagogy. I use the word “discerning” because there are definitely questionable items that should not be ‘swallowed hook line and sinker.’ Look for them, you will find them.
- Chapter headings include: Seven key principles of voice training; How to develop breathing as the foundation for singing; How to make proper sound; Develop a rich voice; How to form the best vowel sound; How to train singers to change registers smoothly; Making Sense out of sound—how to teach the communication of ideas, emotions and situations; strategies and techniques for developing a rich choral sound; effective procedures for choral rehearsals; an individualized approach to class voice; How to train changing voices.
- Except for the warning above, quite practical.