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Forewords vii Dawn French (professional voice user) vii Lesley Mathieson (speech and language therapist) viii Mark Meylan (singing teacher) ix Patsy Rodenburg (voice teacher) x Preface xi About the book .xiii Acknowledgements xv Part 1 Considering voice work 1 1 The voice work continuum 3 2 The nature of practical voice work 19 Part 2 Investigating voices 33 3 Seeing voices 35 4 Hearing voices 51 Part 3 The Voice Skills approach 69 5 Voice skills 71 6 The Voice Skills Perceptual Profile 82 Part 4 Voice work foundations 103 7 Bodywork foundations 105 8 Breath work foundations 122 9 Channel work foundations 144 10 Phonation work foundations 160 11 Resonance work foundations 175 12 Pitch work foundations 184 13 Loudness work foundations 195 14 Articulation work foundations 203 15 Voices and emotions .216 Part 5 Practical voice work 237 16 Practical voice care 239 17 General bodywork 258 18 Body voice exercises 271 19 Breath voice exercises 293 20 Channel voice exercises 310 21 Phonation voice exercises 335 22 Resonance voice exercises 346 23 Pitch voice exercises 356 24 Loudness voice exercises 367 25 Articulation voice exercises 377 26 Group voice exercises 393 Part 6 Voice disturbance 413 27 The disordered voice 415 28 The daily working voice 443 29 The acting voice 461 30 The singing voice 479 Afterword 498 Bibliography 499 Appendix I Organisations and websites 512 Index 515

About the Author

Christina Shewell is as a qualified theatre voice teacher and a registered speech and language therapist specialising in the voice problems of professional voice users, with a particular focus on singers and actors. She was formerly a senior lecturer in voice and counselling skills at University College London.


?Exciting, motivational and practical. If ever a book was written to re-ignite my passion as a voice practitioner, this is it. Christina Shewell's wealth of experience and active approach jump off the pages of this motivational and practical book.? ( Speech & Language Therapy In Practice ,Autumn 2009) ?I whole-heartedly recommend that you invest in this book, as I am sure that you will find it an essential reference book and an inspiration for years to come?-- Sue Anderson, Journal of the Association of Teachers of Singing

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