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Basics of Singing 6th Edition

Jan Schmidt, Heidi Counsell Schmidt

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2003, 2003, 1998
  • 352 Pages


This comprehensive introductory text has helped hundreds of thousands of new singers and experienced singers find their voice or sing even better. The text consists of two parts. Part One discusses practicing, vocalizing, breathing, learning and dramatizing songs, maintaining your vocal health, and reading music. Part Two is an anthology of 52 songs, from folk songs, movies and musical theater, art songs and arias, songs of faith, duets, and rounds (for group performance). A companion 2-CD Set (ISBN 0495115320) includes all the melodies and accompaniments for the song anthology, plus pronunciation for foreign language songs.

Jan Schmidt,

Heidi Counsell Schmidt,

  • 34 high-appeal new songs, including popular favorites, rarely seen selections, 5 never before published works, and a new section of Songs of Faith.
  • Easier referencing of CD track numbers and Background and Performance Notes for each song, by a Song Anthology Table of Contents with CD track numbers printed on the inside front cover, in addition to all song title pages which include CD track numbers and page references for Background and Performance notes.
  • The most comprehensive listing of E-sources available in any singing text.
  • New section headings and marginal study aids organize information more clearly for students.
  • A new laminated pullout features guitar chords in addition to the piano keyboard.
  • The book covers all aspects of learning to sing better and building vocal and artistic skill as a performer.
  • The extraordinary song anthology contains a rich diversity of beautiful and effective songs, covering 5 continents and 4 centuries, songs from movies and musical theater, traditional songs, art songs, arias, and songs of faith, including 5 never before published songs.
  • Suitable for all singing voices, the text presents all songs in comfortable singing ranges, with some songs appearing in both high and low voice settings.
  • Vocal exercises designed to increase students' skill and artistry.
  • The Background and Performance Notes provide students with historical context, musical features, and performance suggestions for every song in the book.
1. Practicing.
2. Vocalizing.
3. Breathing.
4. Learning a Song.
5. Basic Principles of Vocal Technique.
6. Vocal Health.
7. Theatrics of Singing.
8. Music Reading.
1. Background and Performance Notes.
2. Folk Songs. A la Claire Fontaine. Amar, Amar. Cancion Mixteca. Carrickfergus. Coconut Tree. How Can I Keep from Singing? If You Will Love Me. Maranoa Lullaby. Marianina. The Meadowlands. Scarborough Fair. See the Waters a Gliding. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.
3. Songs from Movies and Musical Theater. The Book of Love. A Change in Me. The Colors of My Life. Hey, Look Me Over. If Ever I Would Leave You. Long Ago. The Moon and I. On My Own. Once upon a Dream. Simple. Since I Gave My Heart Away. When I Fall in Love. You Made Me Love You.
4. Art Songs and Arias. Beneath a Weeping Willow's Shade. Come Away. Come Ready and See Me. Im Frühling. L'aurore. Noche Serena. Non lo dirò col labbro. A Pastoral. Sure on This Shining Night. There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind. Un moto di gioia. Wehmut. Will There Really Be a Morning?
5. Songs of Faith. Ave Maria. Be Thou My Vision. Eternal Life (Prayer of St. Francis). Gaelic Blessing (May the Road Rise up to Meet You). Great Day. O Rest in the Lord. Panis Angelicus. Psalm 24.
6. Duets. The Meadowlands. Gaelic Blessing (May the Road Rise Up to Meet You).
7. Rounds. Dona Nobis Pacem. Let Us Sing Together. Shalom Chaverim (Farewell, Good Friends). Sample Vocal Exercises.
For Further Study.
Glossary of Musical Terms and Symbols.
Glossary of Technical Terms.
Glossary of Song Styles.
International Phonetic Alphabet.

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  • STARTING AT $24.99

  • ISBN-10: 0495115312
  • ISBN-13: 9780495115311
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $118.25
  • RETAIL $156.95

"The three greatest strengths are: (1) Anthology of songs; (2) CD accompaniment; (3) Author’s knowledge and explanation of basic technique. … Theatrics of singing is great I especially like the part about ’selling’ the song."

"I really like that there is more music and not so much text so the students are actually singing and not just reading about singing. Your organization is good and very useable for the way I teach the course. … I feel Part I is a good introduction to singing without going overboard. All the important aspects of singing are covered without great detail. Any areas that the students might want to explore more I could certainly enhance, but for an introduction course the material seems to be appropriate. … I really like the ’Background and Performance Notes’ for the songs. … This is so often overlooked but is so very essential for our singers to learn in order to really ’sell the song’ as they need to do."

"This layout is better ordered than the Paton I am using. … It seems simple and clear. Non-threatening for the scared first-time singer."

"I like your simple explanation in the chapters. The chapters are not long, so they are not intimidating. You do what the title says, ’Basics in singing.’"

"Three major strengths: 1. Excellent information on vocal health that is up to date; 2. Songs are laid out in high and low keys for various voice types and ranges; 3. Good background information about the songs and good variety of song styles to appeal to a broad interest in a class."

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2 CD Set

ISBN: 9780495115328
2 CDs containing melodies and accompaniments for all songs included in the book.


2 CD Set

ISBN: 9780495115328
2 CDs containing melodies and accompaniments for all songs included in the book.