About The Book

This book should help conductors adjust expectations and methods to suit the condition and abilities of older singers. Maintaining one’s vocal skill in later years is the goal, since getting better may not be possible. Knowing that every choral conductor hopes a choir will improve from season to season, a new paradigm for the aging choir must be established. Once involved, the conductor of older singers is certain to reap the benefits of making music with people whose appreciation of the text, the music and the act of singing is deeper than in any younger ensemble.

About The Authors

Brenda Smith, DMA, a lyric soprano, teaches studio voice, singer’s diction, and vocal pedagogy at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is widely recognized for her contributions to the concept of lifelong singing through proper voice care. Brenda Smith’s most recent publication is Diction in Context: Singing in English, Italian, German, and French. She is the author of So You Want to Sing for a Lifetime: A Guide to Performer, a publication sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Dr. Smith and Dr. Robert T. Sataloff have collaborated on a variety of projects to promote vocal health through choral singing. They are the co-authors of two textbooks, Choral Pedagogy, Third Edition and Choral Pedagogy and the Older Singer that unite voice science, vocal pedagogy with choral conducting. Brenda Smith serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Voice and is a Consulting Editor for Plural Publishing. In recognition of demonstrated excellence in teaching and her interest in voice science, Dr. Smith received the Van Lawrence Fellowship in 2000, presented by The Voice Foundation and the NATS. Before joining the University of Florida faculty, she taught at Westminster Choir College, Dickinson College, and Rowan University.

Robert Thayer Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS, is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University; as well as on the faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Table Of Contents

About the Authors

I. Introduction
1. Working with Older Singers
2. Choral Pedagogy and Vocal Health

II. Vocal Technique For The Older Singer
3. The Basics of Singing

III. Aspects Of Vocal Technique For Older Singers
4. Range, Stamina, and Voice Quality
5. Tone, Pitch Matching, and Tuning
6. Age- and Size-Appropriate Singing
7. Warm-Up and Cooldown Procedures
8. Special Considerations for Teaching Older Singers
9. Rhythm, Discipline, and Brain Function
10. Vibrato Rate

IV. Vocal Health and Pedagogy
11. Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice
12. Medical Care of Voice Disorders
13. Performing Arts Medicine and the Professional Voice User: Risk of Nonvoice Performance
14. Seating Problems of Vocalists

V. Vocal Health and the Older Singer
15. Vocal Health and the Older Singer
16. The Use of Nutrition and Integrative Medicine or Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Older Choral Singers
17. Vocal Exercise Physiology: Training for a Lifetime

VI. Repertoire For All Ages
18. Content and Language
19. Manner of Performance
20. Choral Diction

VII. Choral Rehearsal And The Older Singer
21. The Rehearsal Process
22. Choral Rehearsal and the Older Singer
23. Men and Singing
24. Women and Singing

VIII. Conclusion
25. Singing and Aging



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