Teaching Kids to Sing

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Schirmer Books, 1992 - School music - 392 pages
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Singing is a basic means of human expression. From the spontaneous play songs of childhood to the polished recitals of concert artists, singing fulfills a human need to express thoughts and feelings. Moreover, music teachers have long agreed that children can and should learn to sing. It is the process that remains open to question, as teachers judge whether it is appropriate to train young voices and, if so, which approach is most beneficial. Teaching Kids to Sing is the first research-based text to present a systematic approach to vocal techniques designed exclusively for the needs of the young singer. It synthesizes the most recent findings in the literature and presents them in a practical and usable format. Helping teachers of young singers to understand the nature of the child voice and the adolescent voice, the book provides a new vocal-technique method for grades 1-12. The book is organized into two parts. Part I, "The Young Singer", is an introduction to 90 sequential singing exercises detailed in Part II. Here, Phillips provides historical and philosophical perspectives on procedures of vocal training for children and adolescents. Included are discussions on the physiology of the singing voice, proper vocal techniques, the vocal parameters of pitch, registers, and range, and a special section on common vocal disorders and proper vocal hygiene. Part II, "Vocal Technique for Young Singers", examines aspects of vocal technique by grouping the exercises into five major areas: respiration, the foundation for good singing technique; phonation, developing children's speaking voices as a natural part of voice training; resonant tone production; diction, emphasizing uniform vowels andrapid consonant articulation; and expression, studying how phrasing, dynamic and tempo variation, and mood lead to meaningful interpretation. Designed as a step-by-step vocal-technique method for children and adolescents, Teaching Kids to Sing will lead students through a developmental program of psychomotor skills that will result in confident and expressive singing.

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A Psychomotor Approach
Tonal Memory
Vocal Parameters

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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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