Here is a list of books that have helped form my views on singing and teaching. Although it is far from comprehensive, it continues to be updated. Happy reading!
Anderson, James. We Sang Better, Volume 1: How We Sang: 250 Tips on How to Sing from Singers 1800 to 1960. Beuthen, 2012.
Anderson, James. We Sang Better: Volume 2: Why It Was Better: Further Evidence & Reasoning From Singers 1800 to 1960. Beuthen, 2012
Bassini, Carlo, and Stephen F. Austin. Bassini’s Art of singing: an analytical, physiological and practical system for the cultivation of the voice. Plural Pub Inc, 2007.
Baxter, Mark. The Rock-n-roll Singer's Survival Manual. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Pub., 1990. Print.
Bennett, Gloria. Breaking Through: From Rock to Opera: The Basic Technique of Voice. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, 1994. Print.
Bloem-Hubatka, Daniela. The Old Italian School of Singing: A Theoretical and Practical Guide. McFarland, 2012.
Botume, John Franklin. Modern Singing Methods: Their Use and Abuse (1885). Gregory Blankenbehler, 2010.
Bozeman, Kenneth W. Practical vocal acoustics. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2013.
Bozeman, Kenneth. Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency. Inside View Press, 2017.
Burgin, John Carroll. Teaching singing. Scarecrow Press, 1973.
Bybee, Ariel, and James E. Ford, eds. Modern Singer Master: Essays In Honor Of Cornelius L. Reid. Scarecrow Press, 2005.
Caccini, Giulio. Giulio Caccini: Le Nuove Musiche. Vol. 9. AR Editions, Inc., 2009.
Caine, Michael. Acting in Film. Applause, 2000.
Celletti, Rodolfo. A history of bel canto. Clarendon press, 1991.
Celoni, Anna Maria Pellegrini. Grammar, Or, Rules for Singing Well. Ed. Edward Foreman. Pro Musica Press, 2001.
Clippinger, David Alva. The Head Voice and Other Problems: Practical Talks on Singing. Oliver Ditson Company, 1917.
Clippinger, David Alva. Fundamentals of voice training. Oliver Ditson Company, 1929.
de Alcantara, Pedro. Integrated practice: coordination, rhythm, & sound. Oxford University Press, 2011.
de Alcantara, Pedro. Indirect procedures: a musician’s guide to the Alexander Technique. OUP USA, 2013.
de Alcantara, Pedro. The Integrated String Player: Embodied Vibration. Oxford University Press, 2017.
Craig, David. On Singing Onstage. Applause, 1990.
Dayme, Meribeth Bunch. Dynamics of the Singing Voice. Wien: Springer-Verlag, 1982. Print.
Dimon Jr, Theodore. Elements of Skill: A Conscious Approach to Learning. North Atlantic Books, 2003.
Dimon Jr, Theodore. Anatomy of the moving body: a basic course in bones, muscles, and joints. North Atlantic Books, 2008
Dimon Jr, Theodore. The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design. North Atlantic Books, 2011.
Dimon Jr, Theodore. Your Body, Your Voice: The Key to Natural Singing and Speaking. North Atlantic Books, 2011.
Dimon Jr, Theodore. Anatomy of the Voice. North Atlantic Books, 2018 (to be released in April).
Faure, Jean-Baptiste. La voix et le chant. Au Ménestrel, H. Heugel, 1886.
Doidge, Norman. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. Viking, 2007.
Dornemann, Joan, and Ciaccia, Maria. A Guide to Auditioning for Opera. Excalibur Pub., 1992.
Elliott, Martha. Singing in Style: A Guide to Vocal Performance Practices. Yale University Press, 2008.
Ffrangcon-Davies, David Thomas. The singing of the future. J. Lane, 1907.
Fields, Victor Alexander. “Training the singing voice.” New York: King’s (1947).
Foreman, Edward. The art of bel canto in the Italian baroque: a study of the original sources. Vol. 11. Pro Musica Press, 2006.
Foreman, Edward. Authentic Singing: The history of singing. Vol. 10. Pro Musica Press, 2001.
Foreman, Edward. A bel canto method: or, How to Sing Italian baroque music correctly based on the primary sources. Vol. 12. Pro Musica Press, 2006.
Foster, Walter Charles. Singing redefined: a conceptual approach to singing that includes a study of the emotional process and the imaginative capacity, linguistic awareness and musical awareness, singing concepts based on the responsive nature of the instrument, and exercises designed to promote a technically correct, artistically expressive singing tone. Recital Pubns, 1998.
Friedlander, Claudia. Complete Vocal Fitness; A Singer's Guide to Physical Training, Anatomy, and Biomechanics. Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, 2018.
Frisell, Anthony. The baritone voice. Crescendo Publishing Company, 1972.
Frisell, Anthony. The soprano voice. B. Humphries, 1966.
Frisell, Anthony. The tenor voice. B. Humphries, 1964.
Garcia, Manuel, and Donald V. Paschke. A complete treatise on the art of singing: complete and unabridged. Vol. 2. Da Capo Pr, 1975.
Garcia, Manuel. Hints on singing. E. Ascherberg & Company, 1894.
Gilman, Marina. Body and Voice: Somatic Re-Education. Plural Publishing, 2014.
Godwin, Joscelyn. The mystery of the seven vowels: in theory and practice. Red Wheel/Weiser, 1991.
Harrison, Peter T. The human nature of the singing voice: exploring a holistic basis for sound teaching and learning. Dunedin Academic Pr Ltd, 2006.
Harrison, Peter T. Singing: Personal and performance values in training. Dunedin Academic Pr Ltd, 2014.
Heirich, Jane Ruby. Voice and the Alexander technique: active explorations for speaking and singing. Books that Change, 2005.
Helding, Lynn. The Musician's Mind. Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, 2020.
Hemsley, Thomas. Singing and imagination: a human approach to a great musical tradition. Peterson’s, 1998.
Henderson, William James. The Art of the Singer: Practical Hints about Vocal Technics and Style. C. Scribner’s sons, 1906.
Henderson, William James. Early history of singing. New York: Longmans, Green, 1921.
Herbert-Caesari, E. “The Pharyngeal Voice.” The Musical Times 91.1287 (1950): 178.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F. The voice of the mind. R. Hale, 1951.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F. Tradition and Gigli, 1600-1955. Hale, 1958.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F., Noel Aubrey Bonavia-Hunt, and Dinh Gilly. The science and sensations of vocal tone: a school of natural vocal mechanics. Crescendo Publishers, 1968.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F. Vocal truth: some of the things I teach. Hale, 1969.
Herbert-Caesari, E. The Science and Sensation of Vocal Tone. 1971.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F. The alchemy of voice. Alma Caesari-Gramatke and Rolf Gramatke, 2011.
Herman, Reinhold. An open door for singers, hints to vocalists, by Reinhold L. Herman, 1912.
Hines, Jerome. Great Singers on Great Singing. Limelight, 2004.
Hunt, Gordon. How to Audition: For TV, Movies, Commercials, Plays, and Musicals. Collins Reference, 1995.
Husler, Frederick, and Yvonne Rodd-Marling. Singing: The physical nature of the vocal organ: A guide to the unlocking of the singing voice. Hutchinson, 1976.
Jones, Earl William. Sound, self, and song: essays on the teaching of singing. Scarecrow Pr, 1989.
Kohlhaas, Karen. How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition and Other Thoughts for Actors. Big & Slow, Inc., 2015.
Kohlhaas, Karen. The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors. Limelight, 2000.
Leonard, George. Mastery: The keys to long-term success and fulfillment. Dutton, 1991.
Litante, Judith, and Richard Lewis. A Natural Approach to Singing. Judith Litante. Illustrated by Teresa Lindbery, with a Preface by Richard Lewis. Oxford University Press, 1962.
Love, Roger, and Donna Frazier. Set Your Voice Free. Boston: Little, Brown, 1999. Print.
Lucca, LizBeth. Acting Techniques for Opera. Vivace Opera, 2007.
Lunn, Charles. The philosophy of voice. 1875.
Mancini, Giambattista. Practical reflections on the figurative art of singing. RG Badger, 1912.
Marchesi, Mathilde. Bel canto: a theoretical and practical vocal method. Dover Publications, 1970.
McClosky, David Blair. Your voice at its best. Little, Brown, 1959.
McCoy, Scott. Your Voice: An Inside View. Inside View Press, 2019.
McGee, Timothy J. The sound of medieval song: ornamentation and vocal style according to the treatises. Clarendon Press, 1998.
McGill, David. Sound in Motion. Bloomington: Indiana university press, 2007.
Miller, Richard. On the Art of Singing. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Miller, Richard. The Structure of Singing. Schirmer Books, 1986.
Miller, Richard. Training Tenor Voices. Cengage Learning, 1993.
Monahan, Brent Jeffrey. The art of singing: a compendium of thoughts on singing published between 1777 and 1927. Scarecrow Pr, 1978.
Myer, Edmund John. Vocal reinforcement. Recital Publications, 1984.
Myer, Edmund John. The Voice from a Practical Stand-point... WA Pond & Company, 1886.
Myer, Edmund John. The Renaissance of the Vocal Art: A Practical Study of Vitality, Vitalized Energy, of the Physical, Mental and Emotional Powers of the Singer, Through Flexible, Elastic Bodily Movements. Schirmer, 1902.
Parente, Thomas J. The positive pianist: How flow can bring passion to practice and performance. Oxford University Press, 2015.
Peckham, Anne. The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique. Boston, MA: Berklee, 2000. Print.
Potter, John. The Cambridge Companion to Singing. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Reeves, Sims. On the Art of Singing. Boosey, 1900.
Reid, Cornelius L. Bel canto: principles and practices. J. Patelson Music House, 1974.
Reid, Cornelius L. Voice: psyche and soma. J. Patelson Music House, 1975.
Reid, Cornelius L. The free voice: a guide to natural singing. Joseph Patelson Music House, 1978.
Reid, Cornelius L. A dictionary of vocal terminology: an analysis. Joseph Patelson Music House, 1983.
Reid, Cornelius L. Essays on the Nature of Singing. Recital Publications, 1992.
Rice, Robin et al. Great Teachers On Great Singing. Inside View Press, 2017.
Riggs, Seth, and John D. Carratello. Singing for the Stars: A Complete Program for Training Your Voice. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Pub., 1998. Print.
Rodenburg, Patsy. The right to speak: working with the voice. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.
Rundus, Katharin. Cantabile - A Manual about Beautiful Singing for Singers, Teachers of Singing and Choral Conductors. Pavane Publishing, 2009.
Sataloff, Robert. Vocal Health and Pedagogy: Science, Assessment, and Treatment. Plural Publishing, Inc., 2017.
Sataloff, Robert. Vocal Health and Pedagogy: Advanced Assessment and Treatment. Plural Publishing, Inc., 2006.
Searce, Leda. amzn.to/3uXcsG7Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness. Plural Publishing, Inc., 2016.
Shigo, Daniel James. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based Upon the Famous School of Manuel García. New York; Voice/Talk Publications, 2013.
Silver, Fred. Auditioning for the Musical Theatre. Penguin Books, 1988.
Smith, W. Stephen. The naked voice: a wholistic approach to singing. Oxford University Press, 2007.
Spivey, Norman, and Mary Saunder Barton. Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act. Plural Publishing, 2018.
Stark, James A. Bel canto: a history of vocal pedagogy. University of Toronto Press, 2003.
Talia, Joseph. History of Vocal Pedagogy: Intuition and Science. Australian Academic Press, 2017.
Talia, Joseph. Vocal Science for Elite Singers: A Tribute to the Unrelenting Pursuit of Excellence in the Art of Singing. Australian Academic Press, 2017.
Taylor, David Clark. New Light on the Old Italian Method: An Outline of the Historical System of Voice Culture, with a Plea for Its Revival. HW Gray, 1916..
Taylor, David Clark. The psychology of singing: a rational method of voice culture based on a scientific analysis of all systems, ancient and modern. The Macmillan Company, 1917.
Thurmond, James. Note Grouping: A Method for Achieving Expression and Style in Musical Performance. Meredith Music Publishers. 2000.
Titze, Ingo, and Abbott, Katherine Verdolini. Vocology: The Science and Practice of Voice Habilitation. National Center for Voice and Speech, 2012.
Titze, Ingo. Principles of Voice Production. National Center for Voice and Speech, 2000.
Tomatis, Alfred A. The ear and the voice. Scarecrow Press, 2005.
Tosi, Pier Francesco, and John Ernest Galliard. Observations on the Florid Song, Or, Sentiments on the Ancient and Modern Singers. William Reeves, 1743
Vennard, William. Singing: The Mechanism and Technic. N.Y., 1968. Print.
Westney, William. The perfect wrong note: Learning to trust your musical self. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006.
Witherspoon, Herbert. Singing. New York: G Schirmer, 1925.
The Talent Code
Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually. In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured.
Talent Is Overrated
Happily, the real source of great performance is no longer a mystery. Bringing together extensive scientific research, bestselling author Geoff Colvin shows where we go wrong and what actually makes world-class performers so remarkable. It isn’t specific, innate talent, nor is it plain old hard work. It’s a very specific type of work that anyone can do—but most people don’t.
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities.
Voice And The Actor
"Speaking is part of a whole: an expression of inner life." Cicely Berry has based her work on the conviction that while all is present in nature our natural instincts have been crippled from birth by many processes--by the conditioning, in fact, of a warped society. So an actor needs precise exercise and clear understanding to liberate his hidden possibilities and to learn the hard task of being true to the 'instinct of the moment'.
The Actor Speaks
Patsy Rodenburg takes actors and actresses, both professional and beginners, through a complete voice workshop. She touches on every aspect of performance work that involves the voice and sorts through the kinds of vexing problems every performer faces onstage: breath and relaxation; vocal range and power; communication with other actors; singing and acting simultaneously; working on different sized stages and in both large and small auditoriums; approaching the vocal demands of different kinds of scripts.
The Actor And The Text
These words of Cicely Berry the voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company speak to anyone who needs to speak his or her piece ä in any arena at sales meetings or religious revivals. Berry's book will insure that the speaker and the text gets heard ä accurately and with true emotional range. Never again will one be accused of simply reading a prepared statement. Berry's exercises to develop relaxation breathing and muscular control will literally help everyone breathe easier when confronting the printed page.
Acting The Song
Acting the Song offers a contemporary, integrated approach to singing in musicals that results in better-trained, smarter performers everyone wants to work with.
This is a Voice: 99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice
This is a Voice is a practical toolkit of step-by-step vocal exercises to help speakers and singers of all abilities transform the quality of their voice.
All You Need to Know About the Music Business
For more than twenty-five years, All You Need to Know About the Music Business has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to the music industry. Now in its tenth edition, Donald Passman leads novices and experts alike through what has been the most profound change in the music business since the days of wax cylinders and piano rolls
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