Vocal Techniques for the Instrumentalist - 2nd edition
Amy Rosine, Kansas State University
Copyright Year: 2018
ISBN 13: 9781944548193
Publisher: New Prairie Press
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Rosine was very concise and created an easy to read book. However, the book does not cover a variety of topics that might be considered essential for the pre-service educator. Specifically, the Rosine does not really address the changing male... read more
Rosine was very concise and created an easy to read book. However, the book does not cover a variety of topics that might be considered essential for the pre-service educator. Specifically, the Rosine does not really address the changing male voice and how to address this pedagogically, nor does the author address techniques for teaching in choral settings.
The content of this book is accurate and unbiased.
This book is up-to-date and incorporates citations and relevant references. Additionally, the book includes relevant hyperlinks to additional content, including videos and websites.
One of the things that I really like about this book is that it is written in easy to understand, conversational text. The book is not overly academic in nature and is obviously geared towards an undergraduate level music student.
This book is consistent throughout in that the author utilizes minimal text while incorporating an appropriate mixture of graphics, colors, and links to keep students engaged.
The first four chapters of this text could probably be condensed into one chapter while the latter chapters address more specific techniques and academic information. With only 47 pages total, including the title pages and table of contents, I feel that this text is lacking much needed chapters on pedagogical techniques, specifically addressing choirs and how to work with adolescent's changing voices.
The order in which the content was presented was logical and presented in a way that was clear and concise.
This text was easy to navigate and the links were helpful.
There are several misprints and typographical errors present throughout this text. While it is usually easy to figure out what the author meant, the errors are a bit distracting.
This text addresses bel canto, operatic, and folk-singing, but does not address more modern styles and does not incorporate other non-Western cultures. Specifically, there was not any discussion of jazz or other African music traditions, pop music, musical theatre, or any cultures or musics outside of the Western cannon.
This textbook refers to the vocal techniques "class" and contains specific references to the class structure within which the author envisions this book being used. For example, on page 4, the text reads, "This course uses group meetings to provide feedback between class meetings," and page 12 reads, "The final exam for this class is a public recital..." If you plan to use this textbook, you'll want to keep this in mind when planning your course! Also, for a book that is specifically geared towards "instrumental music education students," I wish that the book dedicated as much time to pedagogical approaches as it does to the excellent information it presents about phonation, resonance, and articulation.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 Why are you here?
- Chapter 2 Healthy Singing
- Chapter 3 Motivation
- Chapter 4 Learning and Performing Vocal Music
- Chapter 5 Respiration
- Chapter 6 Phonation
- Chapter 7 Voice Range
- Chapter 8 Resonance
- Chapter 9 Articulation
About the Book
Vocal Techniques, the course title used at many institutions, is essentially a voice class for instrumentalists, and is a required course for instrumental music education majors seeking all-level certification. Students take at least one Vocal Techniques course to learn proper singing technique along with basic pedagogy and can include teaching techniques as they apply to adolescent singers. The focus of the course is the development of the individual singing voice. This includes breathing, tone production, articulation, musicality and textual expression and understanding. Students also develop confidence in front of groups, improve their general vocal quality, and learn that a healthy voice serves them well in the general and performance classroom.
The purpose of this text is to teach instrumental music education students about vocal production as it applies to solo singing. Beginning with a foundational understanding of breathing, singers will learn about the vocal instrument (anatomy), how to create clear, pleasant, tone (phonation and resonance), pronounce words clearly (articulation and diction) and how singing is similar, and different, from playing an external instrument. This is the first textbook to explore teaching voice as it directly pertains to playing an instrument.
About the Contributors
Amy Rosine, Kansas State University