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Voice Work

The Art and Science of Changing Voices

By Christina Shewell

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Format: Paperback, 538 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 02 January 2009
"Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices" is a key work that addresses the theoretical and experiential aspects common to the practical vocal work of the three major voice practitioner professions - voice training, singing teaching, and speech and language pathology.

The first half of the book describes the nature of voice work along the normal-abnormal voice continuum, reviews ways in which the mechanism and function of the voice can be explored, and introduces the reader to an original model of voice assessment, suitable for all voice practitioners.

The second half describes the theory behind core aspects of voice and provides an extensive range of related practical voice work ideas.

Throughout the book, there are a number of case studies drawn from the author's own experiences and a companion website, providing audio clips to illustrate aspects of the text, can be found at

Table of Contents

Forewords vii Dawn French (professional voice user) vii Lesley Mathieson (speech and language therapist) viii Mark Meylan (singing teacher) ix Patsy Rodenburg (voice teacher) x Preface xi About the book .xiii Acknowledgements xv Part 1 Considering voice work 1 1 The voice work continuum 3 2 The nature of practical voice work 19 Part 2 Investigating voices 33 3 Seeing voices 35 4 Hearing voices 51 Part 3 The Voice Skills approach 69 5 Voice skills 71 6 The Voice Skills Perceptual Profile 82 Part 4 Voice work foundations 103 7 Bodywork foundations 105 8 Breath work foundations 122 9 Channel work foundations 144 10 Phonation work foundations 160 11 Resonance work foundations 175 12 Pitch work foundations 184 13 Loudness work foundations 195 14 Articulation work foundations 203 15 Voices and emotions .216 Part 5 Practical voice work 237 16 Practical voice care 239 17 General bodywork 258 18 Body voice exercises 271 19 Breath voice exercises 293 20 Channel voice exercises 310 21 Phonation voice exercises 335 22 Resonance voice exercises 346 23 Pitch voice exercises 356 24 Loudness voice exercises 367 25 Articulation voice exercises 377 26 Group voice exercises 393 Part 6 Voice disturbance 413 27 The disordered voice 415 28 The daily working voice 443 29 The acting voice 461 30 The singing voice 479 Afterword 498 Bibliography 499 Appendix I Organisations and websites 512 Index 515


Exciting, motivational and practical. If ever a book was written to re-ignite my passion as a voice practitioner, this is it. Christina Shewell's wealth of experience and active approach jump off the pages of this motivational and practical book. ( Speech & Language Therapy In Practice ,Autumn 2009) 'I whole-heartedly recommend that you invest in this book, as I am sure that you will find it an essential reference book and an inspiration for years to come'-- Sue Anderson, Journal of the Association of Teachers of Singing

EAN: 9780470019924
ISBN: 0470019921
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Dimensions: 24.5 x 19.3 x 2.9 centimetres (1.00 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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