The Vocal Athlete

Second Edition

Wendy D. LeBorgne, Marci Daniels Rosenberg

Details: 393 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-163-6

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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

Related Workbook

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.

Reviews

"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

Preface

Acknowledgements

Contributors

 

Section I.  Structure & Function of the Voice

Chapter 1. The Singer’s Body: Alignment, movement, and Intention

Introduction   

Kinesthetic Awareness and the Somatic Rolodex

Tension versus Release

Tensegrity

Posture and Alignment          

Assessing Posture and Alignment     

Beyond Posture          

Body Mapping

Yoga

Chapter Summary      

References     

 

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 Summary      

References     

 

Chapter 3. Laryngeal Anatomy, Physiology, and Function During Singing

Introduction   

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 

Phonatory Onset        

Vibrato           

Chapter Summary      

References     

 

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                        

References

 

Chapter 5. Resonance and Vocal Acoustics

Introduction                                                                                                            

Resonators and Resonance                                                                                     

Focus and Placement                                                                                              

Chapter Summary                                                                                                   

References

 

Chapter 6. Perceptions, Aesthetics and Registration in the Commercial Vocal Athlete

Introduction

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

Summary

References

 

Section II. Vocal Health and Fitness

Chapter 7. Impact of Phonotrauma on Vocal Health and Singing

Introduction

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                                                                                

Behavioral Intervention                                                                                          

Direct Voice Therapy                                                                                             

Medical and Surgical Management                                                                        

Chapter Summary                                                                                                   

References

 

Chapter 8. Common Vocal Pathologies in Vocal Athletes: A Medical Perspective

Introduction

Muscle Tension Dysphonia

Other Laryngeal Disorders

Evaluation and Diagnosis of Vocal Pathology: What to Expect During a Visit?

Treatment

Chapter Summary

References

 

Chapter 9. Multidisciplinary Care of the Vocal Athlete

Leda Scearce

Introduction

The Voice Care Team

The Voice Evaluation

Roles and Responsibilities of the Voice Care Team

Collaborative Interaction and Decision Making

Chapter Summary

References

 

Chapter 10. Laryngeal Reflux: What the Singer Needs to Know

Adam D. Rubin and Cristina Jackson-Menaldi

Introduction                                                                                                            

Symptoms                                                                                                               

Complications of Reflux                                                                                        

How Do I Know if I Have Reflux?                                                                        

Treatment                                                                                                               

Chapter Summary                                                                                                   

References

 

Chapter 11. The Singer’s Guide to Anesthesiology and Voice

Samuel A. Schechtman and Andrew Rosenberg

Introduction                                                                                               

Basics of Anesthesia                                                                                  

Procedures that Require Airway Devices                                                  

Singer Concerns                                                                                         

Other Common Airway and Vocal Tract Complications and Preventive Considerations    

Chapter Summary                                                                                      

References

 

Chapter 12. Life Cycle of the Voice

Overview                                                                                                    

The Pediatric Performer: Considerations for Vocal Performing in Children Through Adolescence

Aspects of the Aging Voice and the Nonclassical Singer                          

Chapter Summary                                                                                      

References

 

Chapter 13. Medicine, Myths and Truths

Introduction                                                                                               

Medications and the Voice                                                                        

Reflux Medications                                                                                    

Herbal Supplements and Vitamins                                                            

Chapter Summary                                                                                      

References                                                                                                  

 

Section III. Vocal Pedagogy for the 21st Century Vocal Athlete

Chapter 14. History of Classical Voice Pedagogy

Overview

Classical Vocal Pedagogy

Early Vocal Pedagogues                                                                                  

Chapter Summary                                                                                            

References                                                                                                       

Appendix 14–A. Classical Vocal Pedagogy Resources

 

Chapter 15. Belting: Pedagogical Considerations

Introduction                                                                                                     

Increasing Demand for Commercial Pedagogy and Belting                           

Overview of History and Pedagogical Approaches for Belting                      

Chapter Summary                                                                                               

References

 

Chapter 16. Physiology of Belting: Research and Theory

Introduction                                                                                                       

Belting—Perceptual Research                                                                           

Laryngeal Muscle Activity and Action during CCM Singing                           

Voice Source Information on Belting                                                                

Formants and Harmonic Findings/Singers Formant/Formant Tuning               

Intensity Findings                                                                                               

Vibrato Findings                                                                                                

Timbre/Spectral Slope Findings                                                                        

Nasality Findings                                                                                               

Registration Findings                                                                                         

The Science Behind the Singing: Inertance and Compliance Theories             

Chapter Summary                                                                                               

References

 

Chapter 17. Exercise Physiology Principals for Training the Vocal Athlete

Introduction                                                                                                       

Muscle Fibers and Laryngeal Function                                                              

Skeletal (Limb) Muscles

Muscle Fuel                                                                                                        

Basic Training Principles for Exercise Science                                                 

Research on Exercise Science for Voice                                                           

Application of Exercise Physiology Principles for Training Vocal Athletes    

Vocal Warm-Ups                                                                                                

Voice Fatigue                                                                                                     

Monitoring Vocal Effort                                                                                    

Chapter Summary                                                                                               

References

 

Chapter 18. Application of Motor Learning Principals to Voice Training

Introduction                                                                                                       

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 Summary                                                                                               

References

 

Chapter 19. The Art of Perfection: What Every Singer Should Know About Audio Technology

Matthew Edwards

Introduction

The Roots: Wax Cylinder Recordings                                                                       

Modern Recording Methods                                                                      

Live Performance                                                                                       

Opera                                                                                                          

Listening Levels                                                                                         

The Equipment Behind the Product                                                          

Signal Processing                                                                                       

Live Sound Systems                                                                                   

Teaching with Audio Equipment                                                               

Chapter Summary                                                                                      

References
 

Index

Wendy D. LeBorgne

Wendy D. 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. Dr. LeBorgne teaches workshops and master classes on vocal health and belting at major music schools and conservatories throughout the United States. Her clients can be found on local and national stages as well as TV and film. Dr. LeBorgne also maintains an active professional performing career.

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Marci Daniels Rosenberg

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, BM, MS CCC-SLP is a singer and clinical singing voice specialist at The University of Michigan, Vocal Health Center specializing in rehabilitation of injured voices.

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