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Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults [Paperback]

Jenevora Williams
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27 Aug 2012 1909082007 978-1909082007
Practical, concise and easy to read, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults is a hands on guide to vocal pedagogy. It explains the abilities and limitations of young singers through the various stages of their lives, outlines appropriate technique - including approaches suitable for different musical styles, adolescence and gender - and provides anatomical descriptions and sample exercises throughout. Packed with illustrative case studies and illuminated with original artwork, the book also addresses topics such as the teaching of children with special educational needs, vocal health, and the structuring of lessons, warm-ups and individual practice times. Separately available is a companion DVD that perfectly illuminates the singing exercises in the book.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Compton Publishing Ltd (27 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909082007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909082007
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' - will prove to be the new "Well-thumbed Book", the indispensable bible for the teachers who work with children and young adults - it is difficult to overemphasize the significance which I think this book has for the future of our young singers - a remarkable treatise'. Singing Magazine (AOTOS) Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults is an exciting new book which I am certain will become a really useful and comprehensive reference guide for all those wishing to lead singing. Howard Goodall CBE, Composer and Broadcaster You have done something spectacularly good and I heartily congratulate you. Not only do you write such palpable sense throughout, but your style is eminently readable, and clear as crystal. Singing Teacher, Royal College of Music, London

About the Author

Jenevora Williams has taught singing at The Royal College of Music Junior Department, Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire, many universities, and is Vocal Adviser and teacher-in-residence for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. After studying at Bristol University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she had a ten-year performing career. This included singing frequently for Welsh National Opera with roles in Cosi Fan Tutte, The Magic Flute, Electra, Iphigenie and Idomeneo. As well as having a private teaching practice for students and professional singers, Jenevora has a PhD from the Institute of Education, London University, in the vocal health and development of boy choristers. She was the 2010 winner of the Van Lawrence Prize, awarded by the British Voice Association for her contribution to voice research. Her current research projects are investigating aspects of teaching practice applicable to a variety of ages and musical styles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly excellent book 28 Mar 2013
By MarkB
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Carefully thought-out, well-presented and (for me) the right amount of information and advice. .

Potential purchasers please note: the book and the DVDs are separate purchases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all those who train young voices 11 Jan 2013
A well-conceived, well-written book, perfect for all involved with training young voices. Whether working in a classroom, choir or private teaching studio, there will be sections of this book which will re-enforce teachers' own ideas about vocal training, while at the same time, Jenevora Williams manages to de-bunk the many myths that have evolved over time. The comparison of voices at different ages, along with all the references to the wealth of research is so valuable. The technical/physiological sections are clear and incredibly well-explained, and the exercises have very well-defined outcomes.

The double DVD is very useful, and a great opportunity to see Jenevora Williams working with some of her own students.

My colleagues at school have all found the book very informative, particularly when dealing with changing voices in both boys and girls. I would heartily recommend the book to anyone involved in working with young voices at any level.

Oliver Neal Parker
Head of Singing
Uppingham School, Rutland
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great book (and DVD!) 10 Sep 2013
I can't recommend this book too highly and would just echo all the positive remarks other reviewers have made. The book is of course terrific for guiding those working with the young voice in terms of eg physiology, approaching technique and lesson planning. And, as another reader has found, the book offers a really simple and approachable overview of teaching singers of any age. I write as someone new to teaching singing, and found the book immeasurably helpful in knowing where to start.

The DVD is sold separately to the book, but is also well worth the cost. Dr Williams is a lovely presenter - really calm and natural, and the content really supports the book.

Great stuff.
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By Joanna
I love this book.

It is approachable yet full of all the important stuff anyone who is teaching young singers needs to know. It contains hints and tips that can be incorporated into lessons and practise schedules and the emphasis is on healthy voice production.

Dr Jenevora Williams draws on her work, and that of others to produce an authorative book that is never dry, or stuffy, and is as easy to read for novice teachers as it is for seasoned professionals.

I am proud to have it on my work bookshelf, and apply the techniques to older voices too.
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