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Parsons Music Library has a number of books on vocal health and wellness topics relevant to singers. Parsons and Boatwright Library have books on Alexander Technique and other methods of body awareness for performers.
At Parsons Music Library
Caring for the Whole Musician by
Call Number: ML3838 .H464 2023
Publication Date: 2023
Provides practical tools to address key personal challenges faced by emerging musicians as they develop their artistic and professional practices
A Dictionary for the Modern Singer by
Call Number: REF ML102.V6 H63 2014
Publication Date: 2016-09-02
Includes chapters titled "Medications and Their Effects on the Voice," "The Singer's Ten Steps to Wellness," and "Coping with Musical Performance Anxiety"
The Solo Singer in the Choral Setting by
While there are many similarities between solo and choral singing, they are not the same discipline, and it is important to realize the different approaches necessary for each. In The Solo Singer in the Choral Setting: A Handbook for Achieving Vocal Health, Olson presents the unique perspective of choral singing from a soloist's viewpoint, providing a clear outline of several issues facing the solo singer in the choral setting. She discusses concepts as diverse as body position in rehearsal and acoustic sound production, and she offers practical ideas for solving these challenges. Teaching examples and case studies help illustrate the problems and offer potential solutions for handling the challenges of the choral environment.After a general overview of vocal technique, the chapters address the physiological, psychological, pedagogical, acoustic, and interpretive issues facing the solo singer in the choral setting. Concepts, such as phonation; resonation and timbre; approaches to diction; voice classification; choral blend; interpreting emotion; relationships among choral conductor, singer, and teacher of singing; and the use of vibrato are examined in detail. Concluding with a conversation with two choral conductors, as well as a glossary, bibliography, and index, this volume is beneficial to singers, teachers, and conductors alike.
Call Number: MT875 .O47 2010
Publication Date: 2010-11-04
At Boatwright Library
Indirect Procedures by
The problems of a musician may have many causes and many possible solutions. While working conditions, stress, and instrument and furniture design are all significant factors, the most important aspect of a musician's life remains not what is done to them, but what they do to themselves. F.M.Alexander (1869-1955) saw the individual as a whole, and talked not of `the body' but of `the self'; not of `posture', but of `use'. The aim of his technique is not to teach you to do what is right, but to help you stop doing what is wrong, through a series of practical procedures which awaken yourawareness and allow you to develop your innate potential. The Alexander Technique applies to all areas of musical activity, from technique, sound production, and interpretation, to daily practice, rehearsal routines, and the mitigating of stage fright and health problems. This book, by anexperienced professional musician and Alexander teacher, is the first to deal specifically with the applications of the Technique to music making.
Call Number: RC965.P46 A43 1996
Publication Date: 1997-04-24