What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body
Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen, Kurt-Alexander Zeller
Details: 285 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"
What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body, Third Edition gives singers and teachers a Body Mapping resource - from anatomy and physiology to body awareness - that helps them discover and correct misconceptions about how their bodies are designed and how they function. This book provides detailed descriptions of the structures and movements necessary for healthy and efficient body awareness, balance, breathing, phonation, resonance, articulation, and gesture. Many voice books focus on the anatomical facts, but leave singers asking, "How can I apply this to my singing?" What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body helps to answer that question, providing practical exercises and detailed illustrations.
For the third edition, the authors have updated and expanded the content throughout the book. Some specific additions include:
- Updates throughout in response to reader feedback.
- Author recommended websites and resources to clarify Body Mapping concepts.
- Audio and video recordings of the exploratory exercises available on a PluralPlus companion website.
This book provides the technical foundation for singers of all styles. The authors do not espouse a single method or attempt to teach singing techniques or styles. Rather, they describe the movements of singing with accuracy and detail so that singers may experiment on their own and communicate with each other in a common language.
In the words of Lynn Helding, Associate Professor of Practice in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and author of the "Mindful Voice" column in the Journal of Singing:
"What sets this book apart are the detailed exercises designed to inculcate accurate kinesthesia in singers. This facet of the book is critically important, because it is not sufficient to simply possess 'declarative' knowledge of voice physiology. Singers must develop 'body sense' on how to marshal all the components of the five systems of the voice (respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation and cognition) to work together to create efficient, artistic singing."
"In my college days (before GPS phone apps) I would regularly buy new maps of the states between school and home in the hopes of finding a route that would shave some time off the multi-hour drive. Having taken wrong turns, encountered unexpected construction, and muddled my way through confusing directions from local gas station attendants, I understood the importance of a detailed, up-to-date road map.
The same can be said of Body Mapping. Even for those of us who have been singing for years, if our mental conceptions of how our bodies function are contrary to biological reality, our singing efficiency may suffer. Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen, and Kurt-Alexander Zeller dispel many of these misconceptions in their book What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body. Its already matchless information has recently been further enhanced, expanded, and elaborated upon in a new third edition.
The most significant additions are the extensive and meticulously compiled online resources, which are practically an entire course unto themselves. The chapter-by-chapter guided exercises, demonstrations, and testimonials appear on a companion website as video and audio clips, most of which feature the authors as narrators and test subjects.
These in-house resources, which are unique to this book, are supplemented by numerous outside sources, cited throughout the book and collected on the "web resources" document found on the website. Even more web content has been promised as it becomes available.
The authors write that no book can serve as the final word on the subject of Body Mapping since continued brain-body research is ongoing and ever evolving. With this in mind, the online component may replace the need for further editions of the book, as new information may be added to the website or updated as necessary.
Just as GPS apps undergo system updates to incorporate new roads and to better locate the smoothest path from point A to point B, the third edition of What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body provides information on Body Mapping that is more current and extensive than that of the previous editions. Authors Malde, Allen, and Zeller have created and compiled a vast array of new instructional resources that complement and reinforce the information from the text, further uncovering the physical awareness and freedom needed for effective and enjoyable singing."
—Brian Manternach, University of Utah in the Musical Theatre Program, in Classical Singer (December 2017)
Introduction by Barbara Conable
How to Use This Book by Melissa Malde
Chapter 1. Body Mapping, Kinesthesia, and Inclusive Awareness
Chapter 2. The Core of the Body and the Six Places of Balance
Chapter 3. The Singer's Breath
Chapter 4. Creating a Singing Sound
Chapter 5. Resonating the Voice
Chapter 6. Singing as Communication: Mapping the Structures of Articulation
Chapter 7. Physical Expression for Singers
Appendix A. What to Do About Performance Anxiety
Appendix B. The Scientific Basis of Body Mapping
T. Richard Nichols
Purchasers of this book receive complimentary access to supplementary materials hosted on a PluralPlus companion website.
- Web resources
- Audio and video companions
- PDF images
To access the materials, log in to the website using the URL and Access Code located inside the front cover of your copy of What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body, Third Edition.
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