The Vocal Athlete and the companion workbook The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer are written and designed to bridge the gap between the art of contemporary commercial music (CCM) singing and the science behind voice production in this ever-growing popular vocal style. These books are a must have for the speech pathologist, singing voice specialist, and vocal pedagogue.
The Vocal Athlete is the first book of its kind to address the unique vocal and physiologic demands of commercial singing from a sound scientific and pedagogical standpoint. Historical review of classical vocal pedagogy is interwoven and transitioned to current pedagogy of CCM. Anyone who trains singers will gain insight into the current research and trends regarding the commercial music artist.
The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer is a practical array of vocal exercises and techniques described by experienced CCM vocal pedagogues. This book comes with a CD of the singing exercises to further enhance understanding of techniques and skills used in training these singers.
The Vocal Athlete contents:
Section I. Structure and Function of the Voice
Chapter 1. The Singer’s Body: Alignment, Movement, and Intention
Chapter 2. Respiratory Kinematics
Chapter 3. Laryngeal Anatomy, Physiology, and Function during Singing
Chapter 4. Neurologic Control of Voice Production
Chapter 5. Resonance and Vocal Acoustics
Section II. Vocal Health and Fitness
Chapter 6. Impact of Phonotraumatic Behaviors on Vocal Health and Singing
Chapter 7. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux: What the Singer Needs to Know
Chapter 8. The Singer’s Guide to Anesthesiology and Voice
Chapter 9. The Life Cycle of the Singing Voice
Chapter 10. Medicine, Myths, and Truths
Chapter 11. Multidisciplinary Care of the Vocal Athlete
Section III. Vocal Pedagogy for the 21st-Century Vocal Athlete
Chapter 12. History of Classical Voice Pedagogy
Chapter 13. Belting Pedagogy: An Overview of Perspectives
Chapter 14. Belting: Theory and Research
Chapter 15. Exercise Physiology Principles for Training the Vocal Athlete
Chapter 16. Application of Motor Learning Principles to Voice Training
Chapter 17. The Art of Perfection: What Every Singer and Voice Teacher Should Know about Audio Technology
If you are interested in receiving a complimentary copy of this book for review in your publication, please contact Jessica Pollard at Jessica@pluralpublishing.com.
About The Authors
Wendy DeLeo LeBorgne, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a voice pathologist, a singing voice specialist, and director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation, and The Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati. Additionally, she holds an adjunct faculty position at Cincinnati College-Conservatory. Dr. LeBorgne’s original, peer-reviewed research on the performing voice has been published in multiple scientific journals and she presents nationally and internationally on the professional performing voice.
Marci Daniels Rosenberg, BM, MS, CCC, is a trained singer and senior speech-language pathologist at the University of Michigan Departments of Otolaryngology and Speech-Language Pathology. As the lead speech pathologist and voice and singing specialist at the Vocal Health Center, Ms. Rosenberg rehabilitates injured voices. She lectures nationally in the areas of management of vocal injuries for professional voice users and vocal athletes, and application of exercise physiology and motor learning principals to voice therapy.