Singing A practical guide to pursuing the art

Rebecca Love Fishkin, 1972-

Book - 2011

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Series
Performing arts.
Subjects
Published
Mankato, MN : Compass Point Books c2011.
Language
English
Physical Description
48 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 47) and index.
ISBN
9780756543624
0756543622
Main Author
Rebecca Love Fishkin, 1972- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This slender book from the Performing Arts series offers serious students a very basic introduction to singing. The four short chapters introduce vocal-music techniques (breath control, voice, rhythm, and listening); sources of music education and training; qualities professional singers need; and considerations for those planning careers in the field. Illustrated with color photos from many sources, the pages are attractively designed. Back matter includes a glossary and brief lists of recommended books and Internet sites. The book's frequent sidebars (from one to four pages long) feature individuals, such as singer Graham Nash or "singing fitness instructor" Amy Otey, or discuss topics such as whether a voice teacher is needed and how to choose one. Comparing a musician's warm-up to an athlete's, a practical two-page section suggests specific breathing, stretching, and other exercises for the singer's body and voice. Young people interested in singing may find some useful information here. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5–9—Meant for students contemplating a career in the field, these books go beyond basic introductions and into more detail about what it takes to make it as a professional. While the writers acknowledge that there are many ways to break into the prospective industries, each book places an importance on formal training such as dance or writing classes, as well what to expect and ask from teachers. Also of value is information on navigating the audition process, advice from professionals, an overview of musical and theatrical genres, and specific exercises, e.g., stretches to do before dancing, breathing techniques, and writing a character sketch. The authors maintain a frank, realistic tone, stressing the importance of hard work and dedication. Great resources for those wanting to make their passions more than just a hobby. [Page 51]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Singing can be an exciting and fulfilling career, but it takes more than talent to succeed. Get the inside scoop with this detailed guide, which includes tips on education, technique, and more. Profiles of working singers help bring the career to life.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A guide to careers in singing provides tips on education, technique, and opportunities, and includes profiles of working singers.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Are you serious about your art? Singing can be an exciting and fulfilling career, but it takes more than talent to succeed. Get the inside scoop with this detailed guide, which includes tips on education, technique, and more. Profiles of working singers help bring the career to life.