Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice

Fourth Edition

Janice L. Chapman, Ron Morris

Details: 620 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-339-5

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Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice, Fourth 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. Now expand to include joint authorships with Dr. Ron Morris, the fourth edition draws on his experience as a speech and language therapist, audiologist, and singer, and widens the scope of the book to view current studio teaching practices through a scientific lens.

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 and the teaching 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.

This highly-readable text includes contributions from renowned voice professionals, case studies, evidence-based and practical examples, exercises, and videos.

New to the Fourth Edition

  • New editor and co-author, Ron Morris, BSpThy (Hons); MMusStud (Voice), MSPAA, MASA (CC), PhD
  • The addition of completely new chapters on Laryngeal Registration, Vocal Acoustics and Acoustic Registration
  • Clarifications and exercises by Dr. Ron Morris on the use of the Accent Method breathing as a highly effective remedial and training technique
  • Expanded and updated information on Breathing and Support, Vocal Acoustics, Registers (Laryngeal and Acoustic), Teaching and Learning, Hearing and Singing, and Manual Therapy
  • Exercises have been significantly expanded and now are contained in a chapter of their own, which includes some information on lesson structure and practice
  • Significant updates reflect the current state of research and the latest advances in voice science and pedagogy have been referenced throughout
  • A new glossary has been added for ease of reading and clarification of pedagogical terms used in the text

Foreword to the First Edition

Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA

Preface to the Fourth Edition    

Janice L. Chapman & Ron Morris

Contributing Authors

Janice L. Chapman

1    Pedagogical Philosophy 

Janice L. Chapman

2    Primal Sound 

Janice L. Chapman

3    Postural Alignment 

Janice L. Chapman

4    Breathing and Support 

Janice L. Chapman, Ron Morris, and James Platt

5    Phonation and the Speaking Voice 

Janice L. Chapman, Ron Morris, and James Platt

 6    Laryngeal Registration

Janice L. Chapman, Ron Morris, and James Platt

7    Resonance

Janice L. Chapman, Ron Morris, and James Platt

8    Articulation 

Ron Morris and Janice L. Chapman

9    Applied Vocal Acoustics and Acoustic Registration

James Platt and David M. Howard

10    The Exercises

  Janice L. Chapman, Ron Morris, and James Platt

11    Artistry and Performance 

Janice L. Chapman

12    Working with the Professional Singer 

Janice L. Chapman

13    Voice and the Brain 

Pamela Davis 

14    Teaching and Learning with the Brain in Mind

Marilyn McCarthy

15    Reflective Practice and the Capabilities Profile for Singing Teachers

Marilyn McCarthy

16    Vocal and Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology 

John S. Rubin 

17    Hearing and Singing 

Adrian Fourcin and David M. Howard

18    Manual Therapy in the Management of Voice Disorders and a Conversation with Janice Chapman

Jacob Lieberman

19    From Performer to Pedagogue: A Multidisciplinary Route

Janice L. Chapman

Appendix: Priorities in Developing the Young Adult Classical Singer at Music College

Janice L. Chapman

Vocal Exercises Index
Glossary of Terms

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 and scholarships to study in London at the Royal college of Music. She won the coveted Kathleen Ferrier competition in London and went on to sing
lyrico-spinto roles for all the major opera companies in the United Kingdom and in europe. Professor chapman appeared in broadcasts for the BBc and sang concerts and recitals worldwide. her career as a singer spanned 35 years and overlapped with a 40-year research and teaching career, which includes major presentations at international conferences. For many years she taught at the Royal academy 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. She is a Fellow of the guildhall School, the British Voice association, and was awarded the medal of the Order of australia “for service to music as an operatic singer and teacher of voice, and as a contributor to research into human sound production and vocal health.”

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Ron Morris

Ron Morris, BSpThy (Hons), MMusStud (Voice), MSPAA, MASA (CC), PhD, is a senior lecturer in vocal pedagogy and vocal health at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University in australia. he has trained as a speech therapist and audiologist as well as a classical singer. he is in demand for lecturing and teaching in australia and the United Kingdom. dr. Morris has also had a performance career, singing at St Stephen’s and St John’s cathedrals in Brisbane, as a member of the Opera Qld chorus and as a soloist in oratorio and opera. His PhD research evaluated the efficacy of accent Method Breathing in young and developing singers. he is a long time student of Janice chapman and has contributed to Singing and Teaching Singing since the first edition.

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