The Vocal Athlete
Wendy D. LeBorgne, Marci Daniels Rosenberg
Details: 393 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"
© 2021 | Available
The Vocal Athlete, Second Edition and the companion book The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, Second Edition 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. This textbook is a “must have” for vocal pedagogy courses and speech-language pathologists, singing voice specialists, and voice teachers. Heavily referenced, this text is ripe with current research on singing science as it relates to the CCM voice. In addition to general singing science, 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 text distinguishes itself from other pedagogy texts by incorporating current peer reviewed literature in the area of CCM and its studio application. Also unique to this text are chapters on body alignment, traditional and holistic medicine, the lifecycle of the voice, and the physiology of belting.
New to the Second Edition
- New medical chapter on Common Pathologies in Vocal Athletes
- New comprehensive chapter on Perception, Aesthetics, and Registration in the Commercial Vocal Athlete
- Extended sections in Motor Learning and Exercise Physiology chapters
- Updated references throughout
- Access to a PluralPlus companion website with PowerPoint lecture slides
Wendy D. LeBorgne and Marci Daniels Rosenberg join the VocalFri Podcast to talk about The Vocal Athlete, a landmark voice pedagogy text that was the first of its kind to fully incorporate contemporary and musical theater singing pedagogy alongside classical voice pedagogy in a fully evidence based manner. Listen here.
The companion book, The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, Second Edition is a practical array of vocal exercises and techniques described by experienced CCM vocal pedagogues. This workbook features access to a PluralPlus companion website with singing exercises to further enhance understanding of techniques and skills used in training these singers.
The Vocal Athlete text and workbook are invaluable tools for anyone who uses or trains the singing voice or works with CCM singers.
"This comprehensive book provides an in-depth understanding of the vocal mechanism, specific care of the body and instrument, and the science behind the voice. It is organized into logical sections and the chapters cover key areas of interest, which makes it easy to skip to a desired topic [...] It is intended as a guide for those who work with the 21st-century vocal athlete. This book is needed in the field as there is often a gap of knowledge between traditional vocal pedagogy and current voice science, especially in contemporary commercial music (CCM). This is the only book available that synthesizes core knowledge of the vocal mechanism, vocal health, pedagogy, and accessible voice research in one publication."
—Jonelyn Langenstein, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Doody's Reviews (September 2019)
"The new second edition of The Vocal Athlete contains all the substance that made the first edition such a unique resource while also introducing additional and even more current material. Perusal of the table of contents reveals two entirely new chapters. [...] Readers will find many updates throughout this second edition in the form of additional sections of text, new references, and new information that was not yet available when the first edition was published. The compendium notebook, The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, has also been updated and expanded. This second edition is a collection of 78 vocal exercises from 65 contributors, constituting an additional 34 pages of content beyond those in the first edition (14 more exercises from 13 additional contributors)."
—Brian Manternach, DM, in Classical Singer (March 2020)
Section I. Structure & Function of the Voice
Chapter 1. The Singer’s Body: Alignment, movement, and Intention
Kinesthetic Awareness and the Somatic Rolodex
Tension versus Release
Posture and Alignment
Assessing Posture and Alignment
Chapter 2. Respiratory Kinematics
Historical Overview of Respiratory Pedagogy
Contemporary Respiratory Pedagogical Training
Respiratory Pedagogical Summary
Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory Mechanism for the Singer
Respiratory Kinematics for Vocal Athletes—What the Research Tells Us
Chapter 3. Laryngeal Anatomy, Physiology, and Function During Singing
Role of the Larynx
Basic Laryngeal Anatomy and Physiology
Review of Nerve Supply to the Intrinsic Muscles
Microstructure of the Vocal Folds
Vocal Fold Vibration
Chapter 4. Neurologic Control of Voice Production
Working from the Top Down: From the Singer’s Brain to the Singer’s Body
Central Nervous System
Peripheral Nervous System
Autonomic Nervous System
Summary of Neuromotor and Neurosensory Pathways for Voice Production
Musical Performance Anxiety and Emotional Aspects of Singing
Chapter 5. Resonance and Vocal Acoustics
Resonators and Resonance
Focus and Placement
Chapter 6. Perceptions, Aesthetics and Registration in the Commercial Vocal Athlete
History and Evolution of Vocal Registers
Registration as a Laryngeal Event
Registration ad a Vocal Tract/Timbre Event
Registration Transitions in Classical and Musical Theater Vocal Athletes
Voice Typing in Musical Theater Vocal Athletes
Section II. Vocal Health and Fitness
Chapter 7. Impact of Phonotrauma on Vocal Health and Singing
What Is Phonotrauma?
Risk for Phonotrauma
Impact of Phonotraumatic Behaviors on Voice and Singing
When Is Vocal Rest Indicated?
Voice Rest and Vocal Fold Surgery
Wound Healing Physiology
Vocal Rest Versus Vocal Exercise
Vocal Load and Phonotrauma
Management of Phonotrauma
Direct Voice Therapy
Medical and Surgical Management
Chapter 8. Common Vocal Pathologies in Vocal Athletes: A Medical Perspective
Muscle Tension Dysphonia
Other Laryngeal Disorders
Evaluation and Diagnosis of Vocal Pathology: What to Expect During a Visit?
Chapter 9. Multidisciplinary Care of the Vocal Athlete
The Voice Care Team
The Voice Evaluation
Roles and Responsibilities of the Voice Care Team
Collaborative Interaction and Decision Making
Chapter 10. Laryngeal Reflux: What the Singer Needs to Know
Adam D. Rubin and Cristina Jackson-Menaldi
Complications of Reflux
How Do I Know if I Have Reflux?
Chapter 11. The Singer’s Guide to Anesthesiology and Voice
Samuel A. Schechtman and Andrew Rosenberg
Basics of Anesthesia
Procedures that Require Airway Devices
Other Common Airway and Vocal Tract Complications and Preventive Considerations
Chapter 12. Life Cycle of the Voice
The Pediatric Performer: Considerations for Vocal Performing in Children Through Adolescence
Aspects of the Aging Voice and the Nonclassical Singer
Chapter 13. Medicine, Myths and Truths
Medications and the Voice
Herbal Supplements and Vitamins
Section III. Vocal Pedagogy for the 21st Century Vocal Athlete
Chapter 14. History of Classical Voice Pedagogy
Classical Vocal Pedagogy
Early Vocal Pedagogues
Appendix 14–A. Classical Vocal Pedagogy Resources
Chapter 15. Belting: Pedagogical Considerations
Increasing Demand for Commercial Pedagogy and Belting
Overview of History and Pedagogical Approaches for Belting
Chapter 16. Physiology of Belting: Research and Theory
Laryngeal Muscle Activity and Action during CCM Singing
Voice Source Information on Belting
Formants and Harmonic Findings/Singers Formant/Formant Tuning
Timbre/Spectral Slope Findings
The Science Behind the Singing: Inertance and Compliance Theories
Chapter 17. Exercise Physiology Principals for Training the Vocal Athlete
Muscle Fibers and Laryngeal Function
Skeletal (Limb) Muscles
Basic Training Principles for Exercise Science
Research on Exercise Science for Voice
Application of Exercise Physiology Principles for Training Vocal Athletes
Monitoring Vocal Effort
Chapter 18. Application of Motor Learning Principals to Voice Training
Motor Performance Versus Motor Learning
Stages of Motor Learning
Establishing Training Goals
Structuring a Lesson
The Forgetting Hypothesis
Feedback and Cueing
Reducing Learner Dependency
Implicit versus Explicit Learning
Directing Learners’ Attention
Chapter 19. The Art of Perfection: What Every Singer Should Know About Audio Technology
The Roots: Wax Cylinder Recordings
Modern Recording Methods
The Equipment Behind the Product
Live Sound Systems
Teaching with Audio Equipment
Instructors of this book receive complimentary access to supplementary materials hosted on a PluralPlus companion website.
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