The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer

Second Edition

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, Wendy D. LeBorgne

Details: 150 pages, B&W, Spiral Bound, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-164-3

© 2021

Release Date: 08/01/2019

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The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, Second Edition is a compilation of voice exercises created and used by well-known voice pedagogues from preeminent colleges, established private studios, and clinical settings. The exercises focus on various aspects of contemporary commercial music (CCM) including bodywork, mental preparation, registration, and much more.


New to the Second Edition

  • 20 new singing exercises
  • Updated and expanded exercises, figures, and references throughout
  • Access to a PluralPlus companion website with audio and video files to enhance understanding of exercises

 

Related Textbook

The book is designed to accompany the textbook, The Vocal Athlete, Second Edition, a first of its kind in singing science and pedagogy developed for singers of all styles with a particular emphasis on CCM.

The Vocal Athlete text and workbook are invaluable tools for anyone who uses or trains the singing voice or works with CCM singers.


 

Preface           

Acknowledgments      

Contributors   

 

Section I. Preparing the Singer’s Mind and Body

Introduction and Overview    

 

Chapter 1. Exercises for Mental Focus     

Centering the Breath [insert companion site icon]    

Barbara J. Walker
 

The Voice Scan [insert companion site icon]            

Robert C. Sussuma

 

Dialogue with Your Voice     

Joanna Cazden

 

Your Voice in Real Life: A Vocal Exploration Through Laughing and Crying       

Jeremy Ryan Mossman

 

Mental Focus and Vocal Preparation 

Martin L. Spencer

 

Scale of Vocal Effort 

Marci Daniels Rosenberg

 

Notes  

 

Chapter 2. Physical Stretches and Alignment       

Body Movement to Achieve Vocal Freedom

Sarah L. Schneider

 

Semi-Supine with Spinal Jiggle and Pelvic Bowl Slosh/Slide          

Marya Spring Cordes

 

Freeing the Neck and Shoulders

Marina Gilman

 

Balancing Your Head [insert companion site icon]   

Marina Gilman

 

Climbing the Ladder 

Caroline Helton

 

Anterior Chest Openers to Improve Posture

Jill Vonderhaar Nader

 

Lower Back Expansion

Sarah Maines

 

Postural Alignment, Core Strength, and Breath Support

Suzan Postel

 

Re-Organizaing the Entire Vocal Tract [insert companion site icon]           

Robert Sussuma

 

Notes  

 

Chapter 3. Stretches and Exercises for Breathing

Physical Stretching for Optimal Rib Cage and Respiratory Muscle Expansion       

Erin N. Donahue and Wendy D. LeBorgne

 

Finding the Abs         

Joan Melton

 

Breath Management Strategy for Vocal Percussion  

Bari Hoffman Ruddy and Adam Lloyd

 

Breathing Body Release Visualization [insert companion site icon]

Suzan Postel

 

Breath Stamina Exercise for Aging Singers

Barbara Fox DeMaio

 

References     

Notes  

 

Chapter 4. Stretching and Relaxation for Tongue and Jaw        

Jaw Exercises for Singing      

Miriam van Mersbergen

 

Jaw Opening/Tongue Tension Isolation        

Miriam van Mersbergen

 

Reducing Jaw Region Tension and Cramping

Walt Fritz

 

Tongue Stretches for Singers 

Maria Cristina A. Jackson-Menaldi

 

Staccato and Legato Tongue Release

Tracy Bourne

 

Increasing Vocal Resonance by Decreasing Facial Tension

Catherine A. Walker

 

Guy-La Tongue Release and Flexibility

Edrie Means Weekly

 

Reference       

Notes  

 

Section II. Training the Hybrid Singer      

Introduction and Overview    

 

Chapter 5. Vocal Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs     

The Motor Boat [insert companion site icon]            

Caroline Helton

 

Blowfish [insert companion site icon]           

Marci Daniels Rosenberg

 

Descending 5-Tone on Lip Trill [insert companion site icon]                      

Norman Spivey

 

Middle Voice Palate Stretch [insert companion site icon]                

Beverly A. Patton

 

Mirening         

Thomas Francis Burke, III

 

The Gargle Exercise: Calibrate and Condition         

Jennifer C. Muckala

 

Straw Phonation to “Floaty” /u/ for Vocal Cool-Down

Kari Ragan

 

Vocal Cool-Down Exercise for the Hybrid Singer [insert companion site icon]                  

Renee O. Gottliebson

 

Lifting the Palate

J. Austin Collum, Emily Dunn, and Bari Hoffman Ruddy

 

References     

Notes  

 

Chapter 6. Laryngeal Strength and Coordination           

Connecting the Voice to the Body and Breath [insert companion site icon]            

Stephanie Samaras

 

Clari-Bees      

Katherine McConville

 

Messa di Voce for Musical Theatre/CCM Singers    

Mary Saunders Barton

 

Cup Phonation: A Semioccluded Vocal Tract Exercise        

Marci Daniels Rosenberg

 

The Elusive Whistle Register: Hanging Out Up High [insert companion site icon]             

Jonelyn Langenstein and Brian E. Petty

 

Finding Efficient Vocal Fold Closure with Glottal Fry and Creaky Voice

Amelia A. Rollings

 

Notes  

 

Chapter 7. Registration and Vocal Tract Modification   

Head Voice Stability [insert companion site icon]                

Sarah Maines

 

Head Voice in the Passaggio 

Beverly A. Patton

 

You Send Me [insert companion site icon]   

Kathryn Green

 

Pinball Wizard           

Kathryn Green

 

Released Vocal Regulation    

Martin L. Spencer

 

Swing Arpeggio         

Michelle Rosen

 

Speech-Like Arpeggios [insert companion site icon]            

Norman Spivey

 

Sustained (2nd, 3rd, 5th, and Octave) Glide 

Bari Hoffman Ruddy and Adam Lloyd

 

Accessing “Mix” [insert companion site icon]                      

Jeannette L. LoVetri

 

Vocalizing the Speaking Mix [insert companion site icon]   

Mary Saunders Barton

 

Four Exercises for Simple Speech [insert companion site icon]                   

Beverly A. Patton

 

Register Transition Exploration         

Aaron M. Johnson

 

Honking [insert companion site icon]            

Sarah L. Schneider

 

Meow Mix [insert companion site icon]                    

Kelly M. Holst

 

Fix It in the Mix         

Starr Cookman

 

Slidy aa’s [insert companion site icon]                      

Lisa Popeil

 

Hoot-n-Hollar [insert companion site icon]               

James Curtis and Brian E. Petty

 

A Three-Part Exercise for Bright Vowels in High Tenor Voices

Billy Gollner

 

Belt Tactics: Physical Cues for Success [insert companion site icon]          

Ann Evans Watson

 

The Three Birds [insert companion site icon]           

David Harris and Laurel Irene

 

References     

Notes  

 

Chapter 8. Training Vocal Styles   

Bratty Twang  [insert companion site icon]   

Norman Spivey

 

Closed Position for High Conversational Music Theater [insert companion site icon]        

Benjamin Czarnota

 

Woah Yeah! [insert companion site icon]                 

Patricia M. Linhart

 

Belted “Hey” [insert companion site icon]                

Joan Ellison

 

Belt High Notes Like Oprah Winfrey

Jennifer DeRosa

 

Blissful Belting [insert companion site icon]            

Joan Lader

 

Layla and the Canadian Surfer—Belting in Four Easy Steps [insert companion site icon]  

Chris York

 

Boom Ba Chicka [insert companion site icon]          

Matthew Edwards

 

Phrase Shifting

Marcelle Gauvin

 

R&B Riff Exercise [insert companion site icon]       

Jeffrey Evans Ramsey

 

Multiple Personalities Vocal Exercise           

Wendy D. LeBorgne

 

Register Isolation for Choral Singers

Edward Reisert

 

Light Chest Mix for Mixed Choir      

Thomas Arduini

 

Acting Through Song: Discovering Connections to Express Ourselves Clearly as Artists

Naz Edwards

 

The Ultimate Rock Sound     

Sheri Sanders

 

Verbal Diadochokinesis Exercise for Postmenopausal Women and Aging Male Voices

Barbara Fox DeMaio

 

Creating the Logical 16-Bar Audition Cut    

Robert Marks

 

References

Notes  

 

Conclusion

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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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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The Vocal Athlete

First Edition

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, Wendy D. LeBorgne

Details: 328 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-458-8

© 2014

Release Date: 06/06/2014

Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act

First Edition

Norman Spivey, Mary Saunders Barton

Details: 151 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-037-0

© 2018

Release Date: 05/21/2018

Vocal Health and Pedagogy: Science, Assessment, and Treatment

Third Edition

Robert T. Sataloff

Details: 984 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-860-9

© 2017

Release Date: 09/07/2017

Vocal Technique: A Physiologic Approach

Second Edition

Jan Bickel

Details: 248 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-94488-333-1

© 2017

Release Date: 12/30/2016

Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice

Third Edition

Janice L. Chapman

Details: 400 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-891-3

© 2017

Release Date: 10/24/2016

What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body

Third Edition

Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen, Kurt-Alexander Zeller

Details: 285 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-790-9

© 2017

Release Date: 06/24/2016