This book presents a systematic approach to vocal techniques geared exclusively for the younger singer. This research-based text synthesizes the most recent findings in the literature, and presents it in a practical and useable format. It should help teachers of young singers to better understand the nature of the child and adolescent voice, and to provide for a sequence of developmental instruction of vocal skills. The first part provides information on the historical and philosophical perspectives on procedures of vocal training for children grades 1-12. The second part consists of 90 sequential techniques grouped in five major areas: respiration, phonation, resonant tone production, diction, and expression.
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Kenneth H. Phillips, Professor Emeritus at The University of Iowa, is a graduate of Westminster College (BM), West Virginia University (MM), and Kent State University (Ph.D.). An award-winning researcher and teacher, Dr. Phillips is the author of four books--TEACHING KIDS TO SING (Cengage), BASIC TECHNIQUES OF CONDUCTING (Oxford University Press), DIRECTING THE CHORAL MUSIC PROGRAM (OUP), and EXPLORING RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION AND MUSIC THERAPY (OUP)--as well as more than 100 reviews, chapters, and professional journal articles. Professor Phillips has been honored with three outstanding teaching awards from The University of Iowa and is recognized by the National Association for Music Education as one of the nation's most accomplished music educators. A recipient of the Robert M. McCowen Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Choral Music, he holds the Distinguished Music Alumni Award from Kent State University and serves as an honorary board member of the Lowell Mason Foundation. Dr. Phillips has presented workshops throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, and New Zealand.
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