December 10, 2013
Bozeman (voice and voice science and pedagogy, Lawrence U.) synthesizes insights and principles from voice research regarding the acoustics of vocal registration and details their pedagogic implications for voice teachers and students. He explains harmonics, theories of vocal resonance, the basics of formants, harmonic/formant interactions, female/treble voice resonance strategies, male passaggio training, perceptions of when a voice turns over, the pedagogic implications of vocal tract acoustics, pedagogic strategies that encourage stability and a convergent resonator, the acoustics of belting, terminology, and vocal explorations and exercises for vowel turning and first formant/first harmonic (F1/H1) tracking, as well as supplemental strategies. He also discusses laryngeal registration and the use of the Madde voice synthesizer and the VoceVista sound analysis program in instruction. He does not address non-acoustic aspects of singing, and focuses on the Western classical singing tradition. The DVD contains 12 sample explorations of vowel turning and F1/H1 tracking with undergraduate students.
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November 10, 2013
Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers (Vox Musicae: The Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song Series No. 9) is an excellent technical vocal tutorial compendium that includes state of the art vocal acoustic findings in an accessible format. Using a companion DVD in which Lawrence University vocal undergraduate students demonstrate vocal acoustic phenomena such as vowel turning, stepwise ascent and descent, different forms of repeated notes and more, Professor Bozeman completes demonstration of current vocal acoustics applied theory, also incorporating user-friendly instructional technology including the Madde Voice synthesizer and the Voce Vista for spectography assistance. With an introduction including harmonics primer vocal concepts, Practical Vocal Acoustics adds a brief overview of three main models of changing theory of vocal resonance. Additional material on formants and harmonic formants interactions is concisely presented, along with treble voice resonance strategies and male passaggio training. Further chapters on perceptions of turning over, implications of tube acoustics, strategies to encourage tube stability, and acoustic belting and explorations present new informed teaching approaches to vocal acoustics. Finally, a number of appendices offer additional clarification on madde explorations, F1 location by voice (approximate), events surrounding the male passaggio, a listing of DVD contents and YouTube examples, plus definitions. Practical Vocal Acoustics had been described as a key to demystifying vocal pedagogy in its enlightened analysis and use of current vocal acoustic technology. It is a highly recommended asset to vocal pedagogy, teachers and singers.