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Selected books from the library's collection
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Voice and the Alexander Technique: Active Explorations for Speaking and Singing by Jane Ruby Heirich
MT855 .H45 2005  Check Availability
Image:Voice_Voice_and_the_Alexander_Technique.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"This book is the culmination of decades of work integrating two approaches that will have a profound impact on your voice; the centuries-old Italian bel canto singing tradition and the FM Alexander Technique."
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Practical Method of Italian Singing by Nicola Vaccai
MT845.V33 1975  Check Availability
Image:Voice_Practical_Method_of_Italian_Singing.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"This singing method is used by many [teachers] as a tool for teaching proper Italian diction and singing style."



Sight Singing: Pitch, Interval, Rhythm by Samuel Adler
MT870.A354 S54 1997  Check Availability
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"Young musicians today are faced with a rapidly expanding and complex repertory of styles, tonal as well as pre- and post-tonal. By systematically examining each interval within the octave and providing a wealth of exercises from all periods, Sight Singing: Pitch, Interval, Rhythm teaches students to perform Western music of any style or harmonic organization."
Vocal Improvisation by Michele Weir
MT873.W45 V6  Check Availability
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"This book is designed for individual jazz singers, classroom students and teachers of vocal jazz. Exercises appropriate for all levels of experience, and can also be useful to instrumentalists for developing jazz articulation and connecting what they HEAR with what they PLAY."



It's Not on the Page!: How to Integrate Jazz and Jazz Rhythm Into Choral and Solo Repertoire by Stephanie Nakasian
MT892 .N53 2001  Check Availability
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"Learn to Swing! An interesting and innovative guide to utilizing jazz rhythms for beginning as well as advanced singers and teachers. Find out how to re-interpret quarter notes and eighth notes and to find 'hidden rests' so that the music swings. Includes improvisation, listening and rehearsal techniques and a sample CD with helpful practice exercises."
The Rock-n-Roll Singer's Survival Manual by Mark Baxter
MT820 .B398 1990  Check Availability
Image:Voice_The_Rock_n_Roll_Singer's_Survival_Manual.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"This book is perfect for the aspiring rock singer [who] needs improvement, but cannot or will not take lessons. It is a thorough, yet easy-to-understand presentation of the basic elements of singing, including vocal production, training, breathing, posture and diet."
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On Singing Onstage by David Craig
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MT820 .C73 1990
 
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A terrific take on theatre singing by a master teacher. "David Craig knows more about singing in the musical theatre than anyone in this country - which probably means the world." - Harold Prince
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The Ultimate Breathing Workout (Revised Edition) by Jaime Vendera
MT878 .V46 2009  Check Availability
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"This book provides a nine step breathing program designed to increase breath capacity, strengthen the breathing apparatus and enable you to hold out notes for over a minute. Contains 1 illustration and 10 audio examples."
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Care of the Professional Voice: A Guide to Voice Management for Singers, Actors and Professional Voice Users by D. Garfield Davies, Anthony F. Jahn; with additional material by Anat Keidar
RF511.S55 D38 2005  Check Availability
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"Singer and actors are a unique group of performers, relying almost entirely on their voice for the professional livelihood. Jet lag, amplification, allergens, stress, pollution, and vocal strain all affect vocal performance. Written for the performer, the teacher, and the vocal coach, Care of the Professional Voice offers clear explanations and medical advice on vocal problems and vocal health."
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Confessions of a Session Singer: Scandalous Secrets of Success Behind the Mic: Get Inside the Head of One of the Music Industry's Most Successful Session Singers by Mak Kaylor
ML3795 .K39 2007  Check Availability
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"...This book takes the reader from the first steps of researching, networking and preparing for a career as a session singer to building their career strategically. Tips for communicating effectively with the audio engineer, the client and the producer are covered, including definitions of commonly used studio terms. Specific techniques and gear that enhance a vocalist's performance are explained to the reader in detail. Interspersed between the tips and trade secrets are entertaining anecdotes to give the reader real world examples and insight as they relate to the pertinent chapter topics."
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The Professional Singer's Handbook by Gloria Rusch
ML70 .R87 1998  Check Availability
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"This book realistically prepares a singer for life in the world of professional music. Author Gloria Rusch gives candid advice on topics including: getting started, finding a vocal coach, defining one's voice, learning correct breathing, conquering stage fright, microphone techniques, connecting with an audience, common vocal ailments, recording studio pointers, finding a band, landing a record deal, and much more. The book includes extensive interviews with Kevon Edmonds of the group After 7, stage and television producer Ken Kragen, Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer, multi-platinum songwriter Andy Goldmark, and other knowledgeable session singers, sound engineers, and arrangers."
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The Singer's Ego: Finding Balance Between Music and Life, A Guide for Singers and Those who Teach and Work with Singers by Lynn Eustis
ML70 .E97 S56 2005  Check Availability
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"This book is extremely provocative, innovative, and, if I may say so, brave. Dr. Eustis uses her own 'walk' to try to draw insights into the singer's life. While the book is entertaining at times, its bittersweet message is one that needs to be heeded by anyone who works with singers, especially conductors and coaches... Based on my experience, it will transform the way you work with singers, and, more important, allow for their musical growth through a deeper understanding of the singer's self." - James Jordan, Westminster Choir College
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The Singing Voice by Robert Rushmore
ML1460 .R874  Check Availability
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"This book is an informal survey, written admittedly as a highly personal review, of some of the varying aspects of the subject by an author who has been devoted to the singing voice all his life and has had extensive vocal training. He tells the earliest history of singing from the first sounds made by mand to the place of song in the church, the castrati, and the evolution of bel canto."
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Training Tenor Voices by Richard Miller
MT820.M555 T7 1993  Check Availability
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"Training Tenor Voices presents a unique combination of historical and pedagogical information on how tenors sing. Designed as a practical program for singers, teachers, and voice professionals, the book places emphasis on the special nature of the tenor voice and the proper physiological functioning that leads to the establishment of vocal proficiency. It supplies practical information on instruction for each category of the tenor voice; recommends the kinds of literature to sing and to avoid; and provides an effective system for voice building, including registration factors, techniques for breath coordination, vowel modification ('covering'), resonance balancing, range extension, the development of vocal agility, and maintaining the high tessitura and sostenuto."
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Learning Videos for Voice

Selected learning videos from the library's collection
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Vocal Techniques For Old-Time Mountain Music taught by Cary Fridley with Frank Lee and The Freight Hoppers
LVD 334  Check Availability
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"Cary Fridley, the popular singer in the old-time string band The Freight Hoppers, teaches how to phrase and interpret beautiful old-time ballads and songs in authentic style."
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Lead Singing and Rhythm Guitar: Finding Your Bluegrass Voice taught by Peter Rowan
LVD 224  Check Availability
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"One of America’s greatest bluegrass musicians has made a lesson that will help you improve your singing and strengthen your rhythm guitar playing. Peter Rowan imparts wisdom and advice based on decades of experience playing with bands from Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys to Old and In the Way."
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The Singer's Toolbox Featuring Mark Baxter 
LVD 473  Check Availability
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"Presented by Mark Baxter, a renowned vocal therapist with an international roster of clients, The Singer's Toolbox is jam-packed with essential information, exercises and tips for any style singer."
Vocal Harmony Workshop: Bluegrass and Gospel Singing by Nashville Bluegrass Band
LVD 441  Check Availability
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"The Nashville Bluegrass Band has astonished audiences with their powerful vocals and precision musicianship since 1984. Here they break down and analyze their renowned harmony singing techniques for all aspiring group vocalists."