Books About Singing

A Listmania! list by Patricia Shanks "Voice and Piano Teacher" (Orange County, CA USA)
The list author says: "Being a singer is just that - "being a singer." It is a way of life. For those who choose to immerse themselves in the art, reading about singing, singers and voice culture is a large part of the process. In fact, all great art is process. Artists must continue to grow and learn, or they risk stagnation. Here is a list of books that I have found particularly useful in keeping my teaching (and other creative skills) from stagnating. The list is ever-evolving. Makes sense."
Vocal Wisdom: Maxims of Giovanni Battista Lamperti
1.  Vocal Wisdom: Maxims of Giovanni Battista Lamperti by Giovanni B. Lamperti
The list author says:
  "The resource for classical singers - and for others who want to share the eternal vocal wisdom of Lamperti. This book is almost like the voice teachers' "inside secret." We all have one tucked away, somewhere. The answers are in there."
$9.31   Used & New from: $3.45
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Practical Method of Italian Singing: For Soprano or Tenor (Vol. 1909)
2.  Practical Method of Italian Singing: For Soprano or Tenor (Vol. 1909) by John Glenn Paton
The list author says:
  "The "other" book that every singer should have and use. Vaccai or Vaccaj is the ultimate exercise/method book in the form of short songs. I first sang the Vaccai exercises 37 years ago. I didn't know what they were all about back then. Now I know! Understood, practiced and executed as they should be, these gems will help set a foundation technique upon which the singer can always rely."
$4.77   Used & New from: $1.84
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

The Singer's Companion
3.  The Singer's Companion by Sharon Stohrer
The list author says:
  "This book is near the top of my list because of the description of a voice lesson. Please read the preview pages and then consider picking up this book. Whenever you get "antsy" and want to throw in the training towel, remember that the training is the test as well as the token."
$32.00   Used & New from: $17.08
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Basics of Vocal Pedagogy
4.  Basics of Vocal Pedagogy by Clifton Ware
The list author says:
  "One of the clearest and most concise books on singing, this volume is intended to train voice teachers about the art. This wonderful book includes a terrific glossary and nice illustrations. Some to-the-point voice science that is really helpful for creative types who may not easily relate to the science of singing."
$109.36   Used & New from: $105.19
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Singing For Dummies
5.  Singing For Dummies by Pamelia S. Phillips
The list author says:
  "I admit it. I like this book. Phillips has included a lot of good, sound advice in these pages. While I may not agree with 100% of what she has written, I'm right there with her on a good portion of what she has to say. confession. I've had the book for some time, now, and I STILL haven't listened to the CD. Who knows what's on there! (Let me know.<g>)"
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Teaching Kids to Sing
6.  Teaching Kids to Sing by Kenneth H. Phillips
The list author says:
  "OK. I had to include this one, because so many children are embarking on voice lessons at too tender an age. (Parents, please wait until they are some age with the word "teen" at the end of it.) I have used techniques in this book to help some of my teen and adult students with the basic principles of breathing and releasing a tone. A terrific resource for any classroom singing teacher."
$188.88   Used & New from: $62.00
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The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing
7.  The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing by W. Stephen Smith
The list author says:
  "I like the more touchy-feely approaches to the art of singing. We need to learn to manage the voice through the understanding of scientific principles. And we also need to guide that knowledge and understanding with our inherent creative sensibilities, leanings and meanderings."
$26.83   Used & New from: $21.08
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Vocal Development Through Organic Imagery
8.  Vocal Development Through Organic Imagery by William D. Leyerle
The list author says:
  "This has some good ideas."
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The Structure of Singing: System and Art in Vocal Technique
9.  The Structure of Singing: System and Art in Vocal Technique by Richard Miller
The list author says:
  "For the serious singer."
$142.83   Used & New from: $77.29
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Singing: The Mechanism and the Technic
10.  Singing: The Mechanism and the Technic by William Vennard
The list author says:
  "This was quite the resource when it first appeared. Still a wonderful reference book."
$25.15   Used & New from: $12.10
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The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults: A Manual for Teachers of Singing and for Choir Directors (with accompanying CD of sample vocal faults)
11.  The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults: A Manual for Teachers of Singing and for Choir Directors (with accompanying CD of sample vocal faults) by James C. McKinney
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Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers
12.  Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers by Richard Miller
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Bel Canto: A History of Vocal Pedagogy
13.  Bel Canto: A History of Vocal Pedagogy by James A. Stark
The list author says:
  "This is an accessible book and an enjoyable read."
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The singer and the voice : vocal technique for singers.
14.  The singer and the voice : vocal technique for singers. by Arnold. Rose
The list author says:
  "You know what? If you can find this, get it. Read it. Inspirational. The 1960s and 1970s were pivotal times in classical vocalism and classical voice training in America. Looking back and having lived through it, I see it very clearly now."
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How to Sing
15.  How to Sing by Graham Hewitt
The list author says:
  "This one has some good ideas."
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How to Train Singers/Book and Tape
16.  How to Train Singers/Book and Tape by Larra Browning Henderson
The list author says:
  "This one has some good ideas."
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Find Your Voice: A Self-Help Manual for Singers
17.  Find Your Voice: A Self-Help Manual for Singers by Jo Thompson
The list author says:
  "Accessible. Pop and Rock singers take note of what Jo Thompson says. Singing that requires pushing and screaming and vocal destruction is not fun - unless that's your idea of fun. Thompson lays out the truth about singing artistically, and singing in a user-friendly way. The reading is user-friendly, too."
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English, French, German and Italian Techniques of Singing: A Study in National Tonal Preferences and How They Relate to Functional Efficiency
18.  English, French, German and Italian Techniques of Singing: A Study in National Tonal Preferences and How They Relate to Functional Efficiency by Richard Miller
The list author says:
  "Get this if you can. It will help straighten you out on all of those differences in the training you've received. Dyed-in-the-wool ideas of tone production and breathing may be different in different parts of the world. Sometimes the difference in training is purely semantics. Sometimes the training really is different."
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National Schools of Singing: English, French, German, and Italian Techniques of Singing Revisited
19.  National Schools of Singing: English, French, German, and Italian Techniques of Singing Revisited by Richard Miller
The list author says:
  "If I'm not mistaken, this is just another rendering of the other book by Miller of a similar title. Not looking at my shelf, at the moment, I believe this is the one I have. See listing for "English, French, German and Italian Techniques of Singing: a study in national tonal preferences and how they relate to functional efficiency.""
$36.60   Used & New from: $32.55
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Training Soprano Voices
20.  Training Soprano Voices by Richard Miller
$37.11   Used & New from: $33.77
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Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices
21.  Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices by Richard Miller
The list author says:
  "Another Richard Miller treatise, this time focused on the lower-voiced gentlemen."
$23.16   Used & New from: $19.17
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Training Tenor Voices
22.  Training Tenor Voices by Richard Miller
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The Technics of Bel Canto (Classic Reprint)
23.  The Technics of Bel Canto (Classic Reprint) by Giovanni Battista Lamperti
The list author says:
  "Don't miss learning from the original masters. Bel Canto has morphed and changed since the times of the Lamperti clan. But for those few who can leach out and apply the principles contained in The Technics of Bel Canto and Vocal Wisdom, we may retain some of the original beauty of the singing voice."
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Bel Canto Principles and Practices
24.  Bel Canto Principles and Practices by Cornelius L. Reid
The list author says:
  "Reid wrote a few books that all contained pretty much the same information. Good information. If you pick this one up, you don't need to search for the others - with the exception of A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology."
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A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology: An Analysis
25.  A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology: An Analysis by Cornelius L. Reid
The list author says:
  "If you can find this book, it is worth owning. When it was published, the Dictionary was ahead of its time. I picked this up in my youth. It helped me understand some terminology that I had heard tossed about, but hadn't felt brave enough to ask to have defined."
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Hints on Singing
26.  Hints on Singing by Manuel Garcia
The list author says:
  "There were the Lamperti father and son. And there were the Garcia father and son. Love or hate the Garcias. It matters not. If you are a serious student or teacher of the singing voice and the history of singing and bel canto, you need to read about these two and their methods."
$6.03   Used & New from: $6.02
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A Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing: Part One (Da Capo Press Music Reprint Series) (Pt. 1)
27.  A Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing: Part One (Da Capo Press Music Reprint Series) (Pt. 1) by Donald V. Paschke
The list author says:
  "Wow. Pricey and scarce. Worthy. Perhaps."
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A Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing: Part Two: Complete And Unabridged
28.  A Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing: Part Two: Complete And Unabridged by Donald V. Paschke
The list author says:
  "Well... If you invested in Part 1, you'll probably want to invest in the sequel."
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