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Research on Elementary and Secondary School Singing

Kenneth H. Phillips and Sandra M. Doneski

in MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning: Volume 2: Applications

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199754397
eISBN:
9780190268190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199754397.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This chapter presents research on elementary and secondary school singing to invalidate the notion that systematic vocal instruction for children is harmful and inappropriate. Teaching children to ... More


Open Windows

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0026
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter presents the transcript of a keynote address delivered by the author at the National Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, ... More


What the Vocal Arts Laboratory Can and Cannot Do

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0094
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers what the vocal arts laboratory can and cannot do in the teaching of singing. Expectations are sometimes unrealistic as to what can be learned from objective measurements of the ... More


Interpreting the Italian Voice in London (and Elsewhere)

Claudio Vellutini

in London Voices, 1820-1840: Vocal Performers, Practices, Histories

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226670188
eISBN:
9780226670218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226670218.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

An enduring and ever-changing trope, Italian singing became a contentious subject in the opera discourse across Europe during the first half of the nineteenth century. While the dissemination of ... More


The Law of Contingency and Vocal Pedagogies

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the law of contingency within the context of vocal pedagogy. It tells the story of a rabbit, a hunter, and a young lover. When the hunter takes aim and fires at the rabbit, the ... More


On the Invasion of Vocal Pedagogy by Science

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0071
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter comments on the idea that science has made undesirable inroads into the domain of vocal pedagogy in recent years, and that the voice teacher should not be concerned with physical and ... More


The Misuses of “Scientific Information” in the Teaching of Singing

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0082
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers how “scientific information” is misused in the teaching of singing. Certain singing techniques produce results in direct opposition to normal modes of physiological behavior, ... More


Let’s Build a Straw Man! (The Technique-versus-Artistry Debate)

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0081
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the technique-versus-artistry debate in singing. The increasing interest in functional aspects of the singing voice may be expected to cause a degree of apprehension among ... More


Diction and Vocal Technique

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the importance of diction and vocal technique in singing. The production of vocal sound deals with the acoustic phenomena of vowel differentiation. Physiologically, laryngeal ... More


The Invisible Instrument?

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0072
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the “unseen” vocal instrument, that is, the vocal folds cannot be directly viewed. The finger of the pianist can be placed in exactly the desired position on the keyboard, the ... More


Easily, Not Lazily (Tonicity in the Singing Instrument)

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0084
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter focuses on tonicity in the singing instrument. Voice teachers are right to guard against “pushing” voices. “Pushing,” or pressed phonation, results from an excessively long closure phase ... More


Feeling, Hearing, and Seeing the Voice

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0089
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the three proprioceptive devices by which the vocal instrument is trained: feeling, hearing, and seeing. Singers are sometimes told that they cannot hear themselves sing. This ... More


Master Singers: Advice from the Stage

Donald George and Lucy Mauro

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199324170
eISBN:
9780199397280
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324170.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This book contains the results of interviews with twenty-one of today’s top international opera singers. With questions centered on what must be done to perform on the major stages of the world, the ... More


The Open Throat (La gola aperta)

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the universally accepted position of the open throat (gola aperta) in singing. The potential for varying the shape of the vocal tract (the resonator tube that acts as an ... More


Sharpening Up Some Old Pedagogical Saws

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0025
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers a number of expressions in vocal pedagogy that can be placed under the heading “old saws” and can be sharpened up. Old voice-teaching saws exist because they embody concepts ... More


The Flat-Earth School of Vocal Pedagogy

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0024
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers “flat-earthing” as a way to teach singing. Theories of voice production that are dependent upon what appears to be logical do not always have a basis in physical fact. Many of ... More


The Two Poles of Bel Canto

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0028
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the two factors that continue to form the basis of all good technical singing throughout the period known as “bel canto”: sostenuto and coloratura. There is a tendency today ... More


Vocal Tea Parties of the Private and Public Sorts

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0044
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that having a good time at private or public instruction is commendable, but that the teaching of singing is at its best when teacher and student have specific goals in mind. It ... More


Warming Up the Voice

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0051
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the process of warming up the voice prior to singing. Listening to singers warm up can be amusing to the uninitiated bystander. What takes place during the warm-up process may ... More


Have You Read the Literature?

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0073
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that the voice teacher should read the literature to gain more knowledge. Within the past decade, vocal investigation has produced considerable literature as to how the voice ... More


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