This thorough and informative book is designed to guide music therapy students, young clinicians, and educators in techniques for developing a rich, varied, engaging, and healthy clinical voice for use in music therapy practice. Through practical information and exercises, readers will learn how to make the most of their own authentic voice, while maintaining good vocal health.
The book examines historical and contemporary music therapy literature, discovering the connection between mind, body, and voice, examining the physical mechanisms that create the voice, and the critical nature of vocal health. Practical and immediate suggestions and solutions for maintaining vocal well-being will be outlined. The second half of the book includes exercises that expand across the range of musical elements - pitch, intervals, melody, phrasing, timbre, texture, articulation, rhythm, tempo, meter, dynamics, and structure. Guidance in forming sounds, making noises, using words and chant, and rhythmic speech will also be included.
To organize and shape this journey of the voice, the book uses three levels of learning throughout. The Examine It level provides suggested readings or web-based searches to better understand and integrate voice work into music therapy training and practice. In Explore It, assignments will help the reader recognize the very intimate connection between the ideas studied in the Examine It sections and personal identity. Written reflections or journaling will help give clarity to issues or accomplishments. The Experience It level gives exercises to practice the concepts presented through actually using the voice and body. All of the exercises are specifically designed with the challenges of real-world music therapy work in mind.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Making the Most Meaningful Use of this Book
Chapter 1 Qualities of the Voice in Clinical Practice
Chapter 2 Discovering Your Authentic Voice
Chapter 3 Mechanics of the Voice
Chapter 4 Vocal Health
Chapter 5 Getting Started – Assessing and Planning
Chapter 6 Posture, Breath, Resonance, and Motor Movement
Chapter 7 Perception, Processing, and Production
Chapter 8 Pitch, Intervals, Key, and Melody
Chapter 9 Vowels, Consonants, Words, and Phrases
Chapter 10 Timbre and Texture
Chapter 11 Articulation, Movement, and Rhythm
Chapter 12 Tempo and Dynamics
Chapter 13 Meter and Structure
Chapter 14 Speech, Rhythmic Speaking, and Chant
Chapter 15 The Clinical Voice in Action