So you want to sing music theater : a guide for professionals.

By: Hall, Karen, 1955-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: So you want to sing.Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014Description: xx, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780810888388.Subject(s): Performing Arts | Musical-Instruction and study | Singing-Instruction and studyDDC classification: 792.6HAL
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In some ways, the successor of vaudeville and an extension of the opera and operetta, the stage musical has evolved into a worldwide juggernaut. Musicals are staged not only across the globe but are offered in a variety of settings, from the high school stage and major theater to the big screen. The stage musical has become a staple for the professional singer and the object of close study by students of singing. In So You Want to Sing Music Theater: A Guide for Professionals, singer and scholar Karen S. Hall fills an important gap in the instructional literature for those who sing or teach singing to those seeking their fortunes in music theatrical productions. Developed in coordination with the National Association for Teachers of Singing, this work draws on current research from the world of voice scholarship to advance the careers of singers seeking to make a foray into or already deeply embedded in the world of music theater. So You Want to Sing Music Theater covers a vast array of topics. It includes a brief history of music theater; the basics of vocal science and anatomy; information on vocal and bodily health and maintenance, from diet to exercise to healing techniques; advice on teaching music theater to others, with focuses on breath, posture, registers, range, and tone quality; repertoire recommendations for voice and singing types, from female and male belting to classical and contemporary styles; a survey of music theater styles, such as folk, country, rock, gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop; insights on working with other music theater stakeholder, from singing teacher, vocal coach and accompanist, to acting teacher, director, dance instructor, composer, and music director; and finally sage advice on working with and without amplification or microphones, auditioning tips, and casting challenges. So You Want to Sing Music Theater includes guest-authored chapters by singing professionals Scott McCoy and Wendy LeBorgne. This work is not only the ideal guide to singing professionals, but the perfect reference works for voice teachers and their students, music directors, acting teachers, dance instructors and choreographers, and composers, and conductors. The So You Want to Sing series is produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Like all books in the series, So You Want to Sing Music Theater features online supplemental material on the NATS website. Please visit to access style-specific exercises, audio and video files, and additional resources.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Figures (p. xi)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xiii)
  • Foreword (p. xv)
  • Introduction (p. xvii)
  • 1 History of Music Theater (p. 1)
  • Historical Perspective (p. 1)
  • 1735-1864: The Early Pioneers (p. 3)
  • 1865-1919: Precursors of the Golden Age (p. 6)
  • Musicals by Decade (p. 11)
  • Bibliography (p. 22)
  • 2 Singing Music Theater and Voice Science (p. 23)
  • Pulmonary System: The Power Source of Your Voice (p. 24)
  • Larynx: The Vibrator of Your Voice (p. 29)
  • Vocal Tract: Your Source of Resonance (p. 34)
  • Mouth, Lips, and Tongue: Your Articulators (p. 38)
  • Conclusion (p. 40)
  • 3 Vocal Health and the Music Theater Vocal Athlete (p. 41)
  • General Physical Well-Being (p. 41)
  • Considerations for Whole Body Wellness (p. 42)
  • Tea, Honey, and Gargle to Keep the Throat Healthy (p. 46)
  • Medications and the Voice (p. 47)
  • Physical Exercise (p. 48)
  • Mental Wellness (p. 49)
  • Vocal Wellness: Injury Prevention (p. 51)
  • Smart Practice Strategies for Skill Development and Voice Conservation (p. 56)
  • Specific Vocal Wellness Concerns for the Music Theater Singer (p. 57)
  • Bibliography (p. 60)
  • 4 Music Theater Vocal Pedagogy (p. 63)
  • Overview of Music Theater Singing History (p. 63)
  • Brief Overview of the Vocal System (p. 65)
  • Stylistic and Pedagogical Characteristics of Music Theater Singing (p. 66)
  • Breathing (p. 67)
  • Posture (p. 68)
  • Registers (p. 69)
  • Tone Quality Adjustment/Resonance (p. 73)
  • Range (p. 74)
  • CCM Teachers and Teaching "Systems" (p. 75)
  • Bibliography (p. 77)
  • 5 Listening Examples and Repertoire Recommendations (p. 79)
  • Female Belt Singing (p. 81)
  • Male Belt Singing (p. 81)
  • Female and Male Character Voice Singing (p. 82)
  • Female Mix Singing (p. 83)
  • "Legit" Music Theater Singing (p. 83)
  • Female and Male Classical Music Theater Singing (p. 84)
  • Exercises for Developing Music Theater Singing (p. 85)
  • "Historical" Repertoire Recommendations for Each Voice Type (p. 85)
  • Contemporary Repertoire Recommendations for Each Voice Type (p. 87)
  • Bibliography (p. 89)
  • 6 Music Theater Styles (p. 91)
  • Music Theater Singing Styles (p. 94)
  • Country Style and Singing (p. 96)
  • Folk Style and Singing (p. 97)
  • Gospel and Rhythm and Blues Styles and Singing (p. 99)
  • Jazz and Swing Styles and Singing (p. 101)
  • Rock Style and Singing (p. 104)
  • Pop Style and Singing (p. 106)
  • Bibliography (p. 107)
  • 7 Performing Music Theater (p. 109)
  • Singing Teacher (p. 109)
  • Vocal Coach/Accompanist (p. 111)
  • Musicianship Skills (p. 114)
  • Collegiate Musicianship Teaching Model for Music Theater Students (p. 116)
  • Acting Teachers and Directors (p. 117)
  • Dance Teachers (p. 117)
  • Conductors and Composers (p. 118)
  • Microphones/Amplification (p. 125)
  • Auditioning (p. 125)
  • Music Theater Casting Types (p. 129)
  • Bibliography (p. 130)
  • Glossary (p. 131)
  • Appendix: Conductor and Coach Interviews (p. 143)
  • Ten Things for Aspiring Music Theater Singers to Know (p. 143)
  • Top Ten Pieces of Audition Advice (p. 147)
  • Tips for Conductors (p. 149)
  • Index (p. 151)
  • About the Author and Contributors (p. 157)