The Functional Unity of the Singing Voice

The Functional Unity of the Singing Voice

by Barbara Doscher

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Overview

An understanding of how the singing voice functions should be a prerequisite for all those who wish to teach singing. And fundamental to any safe and efficient teaching method is the recognition that the singing voice is a functional unit. Consequently, this second edition, like the first, describes the anatomy and physiology of breathing and phonation and examines the acoustical laws necessary for an understanding of resonation. It is designed primarily as a textbook for college vocal pedagogy courses.
The updated edition includes more detailed illustrations and an expansion of the appendix on vocal misuse and abuse, including data on subglottic air pressure/air flow ratios, the phonatory mode known as belting, and the aging voice, especially as it is affected by hormonal changes in the body. With extensive bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461664123
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/1993
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,048,696
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Barbara M. Doscher (DMA) was Professor of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder, where she was department chairperson and taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. Her students are singing professionally throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. and have held apprenticeships at well-known opera companies. One of her students was the only American winner of the prestigious Mozart Concours Internationale de Chant. Another was a 1992 Pavarotti Competition winner. Doscher has presented master classes at colleges and universities and has been featured at several national conventions of NATS. Her articles have appeared in several journals.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface
Part 2 International Phonetic Alphabet/Frequency Key
Part 3 INTRODUCTION
Part 4 Technique and Art
Part 5 Rationale for the Study of Physiology
Part 6 Anatomical and Physiological Terminolgy
Chapter 7 The Functional Unity of Singing
Chapter 8 1. RESPIRATION
Part 9 Basic Functions
Part 10 The Skeletal Structure
Part 11 The Respitory System
Part 12 The Lungs
Part 13 The Thorax
Part 14 The Inspiratory Muscles
Part 15 The Diaphragm
Part 16 The External Intercostals
Part 17 The Expiratory Muscles
Part 18 The Internal Interncostals
Part 19 The Abdominals
Part 20 Auxilary Respitory Muscles
Chapter 21 The Breathing Cycle
Part 22 The Concept of Breath Support
Chapter 23 2. ANATOMY OF THE LARYNX
Part 24 The Hyoid Bond and Major Cartilages of the Larynx
Part 25 The Hyoid Bone
Part 26 Cartilages of the Larynx
Part 27 Definition of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Muscles
Part 28 The Intrinsic Muscles
Part 29 The Vocal Folds
Part 30 The Falso Vocal Folds
Part 31 The Crico-Thyroid Muscle
Part 32 The Crico-Arytenoid Muscles
Part 33 The Extrinsic Muscles
Part 34 The Depressors
Part 35 The Elevators
Part 36 Benefits of Extrinsic Equilibrium
Chapter 37 3. PRONATION
Chapter 38 4. POSTURE
Chapter 39 5. tHE PHYSICAL NATURE OF SOUND
Part 40 Characteristics of a Sound Wave
Part 41 Properties of a Musical Sound
Part 42 Frequency
Part 43 Amplitude
Part 44 Timbre
Part 45 The Phenomenon of Resonance
Part 46 Vocal Resonance
Part 47 Acoustical Damping
Part 48 Acoustical Laws Concerning Cavities
Chapter 49 6. VOCAL RESONANCE
Part 50 The Voice as a Wind Instrument
Part 51 The Resonance Cavities
Part 52 Tuning the REsonators
Part 53 The Pharynx
Part 54 The Tongue
Part 55 The Palate
Part 56 Jaw and Mouth Opening
Part 57 Timbre or Tone Quality
Chapter 58 7. FIXED FORMANTS AND VOWEL MODIFICATION
Part 59 What are Formants?
Part 60 The Fixed Formant Law
Part 61 Vowel Formants and Harmonic Overtones
Part 62 The Singing Formant
Part 63 Vowel Modification
Part 64 Tuning the Vowel Formants
Part 65 The Importance of the First Formant
Part 66 Matching Formants and the Harmonic Series
Part 67 The First Vowel Formant and the Soprano Voice
Part 68 Vowel Modification and Intelligibility
Part 69 Vowel Modification and Dynamic Level
Part 70 The Mirror Image
Part 71 Speaking and Singing
Part 72 The Pure Vowel
Chapter 73 8. VOWEL REGISTERS
Part 74 How Many Registers?
Part 75 The Female Registers
Part 76 The Male Registers
Part 77 Belting
Part 78 Blending Registers
Part 79 Voice Classification
Part 80 Vibrato
Part 81 Major Characteristics
Part 82 The Trill
Part 83 Causes of Vibrato
Chapter 84 9. THE FUNCTIONAL UNITY OF THE SINGING VOICE: A GESTALT
Part 85 APPENDIX I. VOCAL ABUSE AND MISUSE
Part 86 Physical Disorders
Part 87 Vocal Nodules and Vocal Polyps
Part 88 Physical Characteristics
Part 89 Causes
Part 90 Contact Ulcers
Part 91 Physical Characteristics
Part 92 Causes
Part 93 Endotracheal Intubation
Part 94 Hormonal Changes
Part 95 The Thyroid Gland
Part 96 Menstruation
Part 97 The Male Hormone
Part 98 Short-term Tissue Changes
Part 99 The URI (Common Cold)
Part 100 Tonsilitis
Part 101 Laryngitis
Part 102 The Effects of Drugs
Part 103 Functional Disorders
Part 104 Prolonged Phonation or Overuse
Part 105 "Marking"
Part 106 Choral Singing
Part 107 The Wrong Tessitura
Part 108 The Young Voice
Part 109 The Aging Voice
Part 110 Am I Too Loud?
Part 111 Weird Noises
Part 112 Extended Vocal Techniques
Part 113 APPENDIX II. VOCAL HYGIENE
Part 114 Common Irritants
Part 115 Commonly Used Drugs
Part 116 Hydration
Part 117 Rest and Exercise
Part 118 Clothing and Diet
Part 119 Emotional Stress
Part 120 BIBLIOGRAPHY
Part 121 NAME INDEX
Part 122 SUBJECT INDEX
Part 123 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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