Vocal Science for Elite Singers (Paperback)
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Vocal Science for Elite Singers (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 01/05/2015
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Voice Science for Elite Singers is a companion to the author's History of Vocal Pedagogy: Intuition and Science. It addresses many of the issues spawned by the first book, but it does so through a deep knowledge of science and physiology. However, whereas the first book deals with historical characters and their ideas and techniques through a framework of contemporary vocal science, the second book has its foundation in the anatomy, physiology, acoustics and science of the vocal instrument, but in a reversal of process, it uses many of the proven techniques of the old masters to implement the knowledge spawned by vocal science. The book offers a number of practical solutions and techniques for elite singers. Many of these techniques evolve from the physiological and scientific examination of the instrument, whilst others are already embodied in the work of the old masters. They were just waiting to be reinterpreted in a creative and intelligent manner and in the light of new scientific knowledge. Finally, the book affirms the important contribution made by vocal scientists through their great proliferation of physiological and scientific knowledge. It also suggests that we can use this knowledge to either make us feel secure and a little complacent in the knowledge that we are complying with the parameters established for us by science. Alternatively we can combine this new body of scientific knowledge with the established techniques of the old masters to push the envelope and expand the parameters of both empiricism and science in such an imaginative way as to form a synergistic relationship between the old and the new. We then use this synergistic relationship to to accomplish something extraordinary. The book argues for the second solution, but it does so on the understanding that the only people who can stretch the parameters and on occasions even break the rules in a creative way are the artists who don't just know the rules, but have actually assimilated them into their artistic strategy through a deep knowledge and respect for them. It's only when we have assimilated this deep knowledge that we can move from being an interpretative artist into the realm of a creative one. From the Author Voice Science for Elite Singers is the second of two books (the first, A History of Vocal Pedagogy is published simultaneously) which present a complete body of knowledge by combining the techniques of old masters with the findings of vocal scientists in the second. Inherent in this structure is paying tribute to the old masters for their wondrous contribution to their vocal art, whilst at the same time acknowledging that there is all this new physiological and scientific knowledge out there that is waiting to be discovered and assimilated into our teaching. The point is that it doesn't matter that scientific research has changed the way we teach vocal technique today relative to how we did it fifty or even a hundred years ago. What matters is that it is available, it is accessible, it is reliable and it would be a shame to hide our head in the sand. The books present a complete body of work with authority, with color and on occasions with a style that is more reminiscent of one of the old masters such as Nicolo Porpora, Garcia Pere and the older Lamperti rather the measured academic and politically correct approach too often on display in the early twenty-first century. This is a unique approach in our times, when more and more people approach our art from a team teaching point of view, where everybody is good at something but nobody is great at anything. More importantly, very few teachers take responsibility for the final product as a whole, and even fewer believe it is their responsibility to inspire students towards greatness. The authority for these books comes from a deep knowledge and appreciation of historical pedagogy and a genuine affection for the old masters, but this alone would not be enough. What makes the work really important is a deep commitment to developing and incorporating new knowledge into the existing strategy. It does so, however, from the perspective of one of the old masters. It asks the question, What would Porpora, Garcia or Lamperti do with this knowledge?; and how would they teach it to their students? The answers to these questions can only be provided by a knowledgeable, passionate, historically aware, and accomplished vocal teachers.

Publisher: Compton Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781909082243
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm

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