Syllabus

SINGING

General Goals: Ear Training – Vocal technique – Body coordination – Repertoire

Specific goals:

  1. Voice and style assessment, understanding references and goals
  2. The body as an instrument – physical warm ups
  3. Sounding the vowels and tunning the body
  4. Tunning/ Ear Training – scales, arpegios, vocalizes
  5. Breath work and support
  6. Articulation – jaw, tongue, mouth
  7. Voice qualities: head, mixed, chest
  8. Projection: ressonance areas.
  9. Speech voice: text.
  10. Repertoire development – different styles
  11. References: singers and styles
  12. Agility – fills and runs
  13. Range: increasing it
  14. Mixed voice – developing a balanced range on the passages
  15. Creating your own interpretation and style
  16. Improvisation and scatings
  17. Live performance: acting and singing; expression; stage presence
  18. Recording
  19. Microphone technique for live and for recording
  20. Editing your voice
  21. Reading music – solfeggio, operas.
  22. Music Theory
  23. Discovering new artists
  24. Songwriting
  25. Preparing for auditions, shows or recording an album

Methodology:

  • List of Apps and softwares
  • Books for reading
  • Books of repertoire, songbooks, exercise books
  • Videos, films and documentaries

PIANO

General Goals:  Piano technique – Reading Chords/Sheets – Developing repertoire

Specific goals:

  1. Technique and style assessment, understanding references and goals
  2. Reading sheet music – developing sight reading, understanding clefs
  3. Working with apps, youtube and metronome
  4. Reading chords – family 1 to 7 on triads.
  5. Repertoire development – different styles
  6. Timing and rhythm
  7. Chords progressions
  8. Music theory
  9. References: pianists and styles
  10. Agility – developing speed skills.
  11. Technique: scales, chords, arpeggios.
  12. Playing by ear
  13. Pedal action
  14. Improvisation
  15. Playing along with recordings
  16. Playing and singing
  17. Piano versus keyboard
  18. Playing together – duets, bands, orchestra.
  19. Live performance: expression; stage presence
  20. Recording – apps and softwares
  21. Discovering new artists
  22. Composing
  23. Preparing for auditions, shows, concerts or recording an album.

Methodology:

  • List of Apps and softwares
  • Books for reading
  • Books of repertoire, songbooks, exercise books
  • Videos, films and documentaries

COMPOSITION |  SONGWRITING

General Goals:  Melody – Chord Progressions – Rhythm and styles – Lyrics

Specific goals:

  1. Technique and style assessment, understanding references and goals
  2. How to start a composition
  3. Writing lyrics
  4. Tonality: major and minor
  5. Chords, scales, progressions
  6. Creating melodies
  7. Putting chords on your melody
  8. Developing the rhythm
  9. Forms of a song and others
  10. References: composers and lyricists
  11. Writing chords or sheet music
  12. Working with apps, youtube and metronome
  13. Repertoire development – different styles
  14. Voices and instruments
  15. Arranging
  16. Recording – apps and softwares
  17. Performing
  18. Preparing for auditions, shows, concerts or recording an album.

Methodology:

  • List of Apps and softwares
  • Books for reading
  • Books of repertoire, songbooks, exercise books
  • Videos, films and documentaries

REFERENCES

Vocal Pedagogy Resource Materials

Historic Vocal Pedagogy Surveys and Comparisons

  Burgin, John. Teaching Singing. Scarecrow Press 1973 MT820 .B94
  Fields, Victor Alexander. Training the Singing Voice, King’s Crown Press 1947 MT820 .F43
  Monahan, Brent Jeffrey. The Art of Singing. Scarecrow Press 1978. MT820 .M75
  Miller, Richard. English, French, German and Italian Techniques of Singing. Scarecrow Press 1977 MT823 .M55

Vocal Pedagogy: Sample of Contemporary Writings

  Vennard, William. Singing, the mechanism and the technic, New York: C. Fischer, 1968 [q.] MT825. V4 1968
  Miller, Richard. The Structure of Singing. Schirmer Books. 1986 MT 825 .M646 1986
  McKenney, James C. The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults. Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press, 1982. MT820 .M44 1982
  David, Marilee. The New Voice Pedagopgy. Lanham, Md.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1995. MT 820 .D245 1995
Conable, Barbara. How to learn the Alexander technique : a manual for students. Andover Press, 1995. [q.] BF172 .C66 1995
Thurman, Leon. Welch, Graham. Bodymind & Voice: foundations of voice education. Voicecare Network; National Center for Voice and speech 1997 [q.] MT820 .B63 1997

Voice Science

Benninger, Michael S.; Jacobson, Barbara H.; Johnson, Alex F. Vocal Arts Medicine: The Care and Prevention of Professional Voice Disorders. New York, N.Y. :Thieme, 1994 RF 511 .S55 V63 1994
Bunch, Maribeth. Dynamics of the Singing Voice. Springer-Verlag. 1993. QP 306 .B86 1993
Dejonckere, P. H., Hirano, Minoru, Sundberg, J. Vibrato. London: Singular Publishing Group, 1995. QP 306 .C74 1995.
Kent, Ray D.; Read, Charles. The Acoustic Analysis of Speech. San Diego, Ca. : Singular Publishing Group, 1992. P 221.5 .K46 1992
Sundberg, Johan. The Science of the Singing Voice. Northern Illinois University Press. 1987. MT821 .S913 1987
Sundberg, Johan. The Science of Musical Sounds. San Diego: Academic Press, 1991. ML3807 .S9513 1991
Hixon, Thomas J. Respiratory Function in Speech and Song. San Diego: Singular Publishing Group, 1991. QP121 .H66 1991
Sataloff, Robert Thayer. Professional Voice: the science and art of clinical care. Raven Press. 1991. RF510 .S28 1991
Sataloff, Robert Thayer. Journal of Voice. Raven Press. 1987-present. In Bound Periodicals
Saxon, Keith G., Schneider, Carole M.. Vocal Exercise Physiology. San Diego, Cal.: Singular Publishing Group, Inc. 1995. QP 306 .S29 1995
Ladefoged, Peter. Elements of Acoustic Phonetics. University of Chicago Press. 1962. QP306 .L33 1962
Rossing ,D. Thomas. The Science of Sound. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1982. QC225.15 .R67

Anatomy

Quiring, Daniel Paul The Head, Neck, and Trunk. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1947. QM 531 .Q5
Rohen/Yorichi. Color Atlas of Anatomy. New York: Igakusi-Shoin, 1993. QM 25 q.R55 1993

Video Tapes

The Singer’s Voice. Dallas. Texas. : Pst…Inc., 1991

#1: Breath (22 minutes)

#2: Vocal Folds (27 minutes)

#3: Fiberoptic View of Folds (18 minutes)

#4: Vocal Tract (23 minutes)

#5: Resonance (42 minutes)

MT 821 .S56 1991
Voice Production: the vibrating larynx. University Park, PA. : Penn State Audio Visual Services, 198?. (45 minutes) QP306 .V65
The Voice Source as analyzed by inverse filtering. Englewood, Colo.: Denver Dubbing, Inc. 1985. (19 minutes) PN4162 .V65
Normal Speech Articulation. Iowa City, Iowa: Audiovisual Center, University of Iowa, 198?. (25 minutes) QP306 .N66
The Regulatory Mechanism of Voice in Singing. New York, N.Y.: Voice Foundation. QP 306 R43
Vocal Cord Vibration. New York, N.Y.: Voice Foundation. . RF 460 V62
Barresi on Adolescent Voice. Madison, Wis.: The University of Wisconsin Madison. (2 hours)

Web Links

Vocal Health, Anatomy and Physiology

The National Center for Voice and Speech; an excellent resource for voice science and medicine. It contains, for example a list of medications and their effect on voice.

Offers a lovely primer on vocal anatomy, physicology and function.

Voice Classification

Information on the German Fach System.

Teaching Organizations

The Nation Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.

Literature Resources

The Aria Database is a diverse collection of information on over 1000 operatic arias. Designed for singers and non-singers alike, the Database includes translations and aria texts of most arias as well as a collection of MIDI files of operatic arias and ensembles.

An Archive of Texts to Art Songs (Lieder, Mélodies, etc.) and Other Classical Vocal Pieces

Online dictionaries for German, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, French, Frisian, Spanish, Afrikaans, Portugues, Hungarian, Italian, Czech, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Latin, Turkish, and Esperanto as well as links to others.

“Diction Domain”

Vocal repertoire lists

A site that plays the accompaniments of the 24 Italian Songs and Arias