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Singing and Teaching Singing
A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice

Third Edition
Janice L. Chapman
400 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10" 1 lbs
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Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice, Third Edition continues to be a beloved resource for singers and their teachers, speech-language pathologists, and laryngologists and an adopted text for instructors and students in voice, singing, and performing arts courses. Janice L. Chapman is able to draw on her experiences as a singer with some of the world's leading opera companies to present a teaching technique specifically focusing on voice in the areas of classical and opera singing. Interspersed with the concepts and components of Chapman's methods are vignettes from her life and career, animated by her conversational and vibrant style to guide (and entertain) the reader through the book in a step-by-step fashion.

The philosophy of teaching presented combines three main facets: Holistic, Physiological, and Incremental. The Holistic segment emphasizes that the act of singing involves the whole person (i.e., body, mind, spirit, emotion, and voice); the Physiological segment stresses anatomy, muscular function, and effects of muscular interactions so that students and teachers alike can understand and visualize the functional workings of the torso, larynx, and the vocal tract and their impact on good singing practices; and the Incremental section shows that the act of singing can be broken down into manageable components that have a natural hierarchy that eventually interact and interlock. This teaching model provides a framework to master one element at a time, with the resulting effect of a complete and integrated mastery of technique. Chapman recommends this framework for rehabilitative work with the dysfunctional singer, for working with the developing singer, and for the ongoing development and maintenance of the technically able professional singer. Case studies, examples, exercises, and contributions from some of the world's best-known voice professionals further highlight the text.

New to this edition:

  • The addition of a completely new chapter: an interview with voice specialist osteopath Jacob Lieberman on the subject of manual therapy and voice
  • A rewriting of Marilyn McCarthy's chapters on teaching and learning in light of advances in the fields of neuroscience and education
  • Updates to Pamela Davis's chapter on voice and the brain, as well as John Rubin's chapter on vocal and respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • Clarifications by Ron Morris on the use of the accent method of breathing as a highly effective remedial and training technique
  • Refinements to chapters on breathing and support, phonation, and resonance
  • A PluralPlus companion website with supplemental videos that demonstrate some of the exercises from the teaching model


  • Video 1. Janice Introduction
  • Video 2. Primal Sound
  • Video 3. Abdominal Support
  • Video 4. Basic In-Breath
  • Video 5. Dial-a-Vowel

Sample video from companion website:

Contributing Authors:

  • Pamela Davis, LACST, PhD
  • Adrian Fourcin, PhD
  • Jacob Lieberman, DO, MA
  • Marilyn McCarthy, MEd (HRD); Grad Dip. Group Work., Dip T.
  • Ron Morris, BSpThy (Hons); MMusStud (Voice), MSPAA, MASA (CC), PhD
  • John S. Rubin, MD, FACS, FRCS

Foreword to the First Edition
Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA

Preface to the Third Edition
Janice L. Chapman


Contributing Authors

Multimedia List

Janice L. Chapman

Chapter 1. Pedagogical Philosophy
Janice L. Chapman

Chapter 2. Primal Sound
Janice L. Chapman

Chapter 3. Postural Alignment
Janice L. Chapman

Chapter 4. Breathing and Support
Janice L. Chapman and Ron Morris

Chapter 5. Phonation and the Speaking Voice
Janice L. Chapman and Ron Morris

Chapter 6. Resonance
Janice L. Chapman and Ron Morris

Chapter 7. Articulation
Ron Morris and Janice L. Chapman

Chapter 8. Artistry and Performance
Janice L. Chapman

Chapter 9. Voice and the Brain
Pamela Davis

Chapter 10. At the Heart of Teaching and Learning
Marilyn McCarthy

Chapter 11. Teachers as Learners
Marilyn McCarthy

Chapter 12. Vocal and Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology
John S. Rubin

Chapter 13. Hearing and Singing
Adrian Fourcin

Chapter 14. Working With the Professional Singer
Janice L. Chapman

Chapter 15. From Performer to Pedagogue: A Multidisciplinary Route
Janice L. Chapman

Chapter 16. Manual Therapy in the Management of Voice Disorders: In Conversation With Janice Chapman
Jacob Lieberman

Appendix 1. Exercises
Janice L. Chapman

Appendix 2. Priorities in Developing the Young Adult Classical Singer at Music College
Janice L. Chapman



Video 1. Janice Introduction
Video 2. Primal Sound
Video 3. Abdominal Support
Video 4. Basic In-Breath
Video 5. Dial-a-Vowel

About The Author

Janice L. Chapman

Professor Janice L. Chapman, AUA, FGS, OAM, is a singing teacher of world renown. Born and educated in Australia, she won a number of major competitions, including The Sun Aria and the ABC Concerto and Vocal Competition, before migrating to the United Kingdom and winning the coveted Kathleen Ferrier Competition. She performed for, among others, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Sadler's Wells Opera, Scottish and Welsh National Operas, and the English Opera Group, and appeared in broadcasts for the BBC and concerts and recitals worldwide. Her operatic roles included Aida, Abigaille, Countess (Figaro), Donna Anna, Vitellia, Elettra, Sieglinde, Third Norn, Leonore (Forza del Destino), Agathe, Lady Billows, Ellen Orford, and Mrs. Grose, and at Covent Garden, she created the role of Mrs. Julian in the world stage premiere of Britten's Owen Wingrave.

For many years, she has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music, and is currently Professor of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In private practice, she works with many of the world's leading opera, concert, and recording artists, including singers who regularly travel from other countries for their lessons. She is also mentoring young singing teachers and developing a collaborative approach to the teaching of singing.

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