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Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers (Vox Musicae: the Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song) 1st Edition

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About the Author

Kenneth Bozeman, tenor, Frank C. Shattuck Professor of Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, (1977-present) holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona. He subsequently studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich, Germany on a fellowship from Rotary International. He is chair of the voice department at Lawrence, where he teaches voice, and voice science and pedagogy. Mr. Bozeman has received both of Lawrence University's Teaching Awards (Young Teacher Award, 1980; Excellence in Teaching Award, 1996). He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994 for his interest in voice science and pedagogy and is the chair of the editorial board of the NATS Journal of Singing. His students have sung with Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Seattle Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. He has both been a frequent presenter at voice science conferences (Voice Foundation; Physiology and Acoustics of Singing; Pan European Voice Conference) and universities and has written several articles on the topics of voice acoustics, especially as applied to male passaggio training. Mr. Bozeman presented on the acoustics of male passaggio at the 2012 NATS convention in Orlando and was a master teacher for the 2013 NATS Intern Program at Vanderbilt University. Mr. Bozeman was an active recitalist and performer of oratorio, singing the tenor roles in the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Christmas Oratorio, the B Minor Mass, the Magnificat, and various cantatas of Bach, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Vaughn Williams Hodie. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Green Lake Music Festival, the Purgatory Music Festival of Colorado, the Louisville Bach Society, the Historical Keyboard Society of Wisconsin, and on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live from the Elvehjem."
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Product Details

  • Series: Vox Musicae: the Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Pendragon Pr; 1 edition (August 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157647240X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576472408
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The acoustic realities of the singing body dictate the sound of a classically trained singer. Why do tenors and sopranos modify their vowels as they sing into their higher range? Why can basses and baritones find a resonant sound with ease while higher pitched voices struggle to find similar success? Why is belting heathy in certain pitch range and ruinous in others? The answers rest in the interaction of the vocal tract formants and the harmonics of the voice, and the resulting impact on vocal fold function. While others have written about this, Bozeman is able to present this complex material concisely and practically in a way that everyone can understand intellectually, aurally, and kinesthetically . Teachers of singing, rejoice! With concrete examples of elite singers drawn from easily accessible youtube videos, useful videos of singing students found on the accompanying DVD, and voice modeling with the free Madde Voice synthesizer software, Bozeman presents not only the science behind, but also the practical results of certain technical choices: the impact of a specific resonance choice on timbre and the accompanying sensory experience of the student. This is a great book for the practical application of the previous half century's worth of voice science to the teaching of singing: instantly useful (including exercises that illustrate specific points), accessible, and exemplary of the best thinking found at the intersection of historical and scientific approaches to vocal training.

Buy this book. Buy it now.

-Ian Howell
Vocal Pedagogy Teacher
The New England Conservatory of Music
Boston, Massachusetts
USA
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By paulspsp on October 20, 2013
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Great, easy and accessible! I highly recommend this book for any beginning student or experienced teacher. I have taught across from Ken's studio for ten years now and I have heard the success of his teaching and his students. I have sought his advice and expertise on many occasions, and we have collaborated musically frequently. It is always a joy. It is wonderful to see his work and these concepts in concrete form. I see myself referring to this book often over the years and I look forward to a follow-up!
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I have this book and it is a first source of research and understanding toward the acoustics of singing for my book, "The Four Pillars of Singing". Ken's expertise has helped me to insure that what I am teaching is accurate. I have also met him in person and he is a very generous and gifted teacher. Excellent... get this book!
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The most important aspect of PVA is its pedagogic application. The science presented in this book is not only easily understood, but is presented in such a way that it can be directly implemented into the singing teacher's toolkit. The material presented on both female and male acoustics of the singing voice is current and serves to further eliminate the guess work of voice teaching. The voice pedagogy community owes a huge debt to Kenneth Bozeman for the practicality and years of voice teaching experience behind this text. I am so confident in its content that I use PVA as a required textbook in my graduate voice acoustics course.

Nicholas Perna, DMA
Assistant Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy
West Virginia University School of Music
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This book is a dense read about a dense topic. It provided a lot of scientific info and did the best it could with the dense information it was discussing. I would suggest having a supplemental book to read along with this to better understand
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In the interest of full disclosure, I was a student of Kenneth Bozeman's while studying voice at Lawrence University. He made me the singer I am today, and this book contains important parts of his teachings that have helped me and other singers throughout the years.

Kenneth Bozeman presents here an accessible and intelligent guide to acoustics and voice science that can be used by singer and teacher alike. I certainly use it for both those things.

As a voice teacher, this book has been very useful for me and my students. Before teaching, I'll frequently use it to look up issues I am having with a student before that student arrives. In that way, I am able to ensure that I am using the correct nomenclature when referring to a certain phenomenon.

As a professional singer, the ideas presented in this book have been invaluable to me. The guidance offered for negotiating the passaggio, vocal "turning over"/vowel modification, and more "subjective" feelings of tube length and nebulous freedom of the vocal tract are ideas I return to again and again. Even after working with Mr. Bozeman in the studio, this book is extremely useful for ironing out the details of complex vocal phenomenon.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Buy it.
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