Choral Singing Step by Step

Eleven Concise Lessons for Individual or Choral Ensemble Use

James Jordan

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Item #: G-7934     Status: Available

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Series: Evoking Sound, Evoking Sound


This unique self-study guide distills the essentials of good choral vocal technique into eleven concise, accessible lessons.

Prepare by acclaimed teacher James Jordan, Professor and Senior Conductor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Choral Singing Step by Step is a perfect guide for amateur and novice choir members who wish to improve their own singing technique and understand the singing process. With this handbook, Jordan covers the same techniques he has used to help thousands of singers through his conducting workshops and clinics around the world.

Topics include:

  • Strategies for good intonation and tuning, breathing, inhalation and exhalation, support, resonance, vowel colors, leaps, range extension, diction, and alignment (using Alexander Technique and Body Mapping principles)
  • Use of the sigh for diagnosing vocal problems
  • Maintaining rhythm and consistent tempo

Choral Singing Step by Step is designed to stand on its own but can also be used to support Dr. Jordan's comprehensive guide for choral directors, The Choral Warm-Up: Method, Procedures, and Core Vocal Exercises.

Choral Singing Step by Step is an innovative approach that provides a sequential, self-paced program that extends beyond the rehearsal. The exercises in this guide allow for both individual practice and study.

Have you always wanted to sing better? To extend your skills outside of rehearsal? To understand the mechanics of good singing? To increase the joy gained from singing at your very best? Choral Singing Step by Step is the guide for you, written by one of America's great conductors.

James Jordanis Professor and Senior Conductor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he conducts the Westminster Schola Cantorum and the critically acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices.

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Video Demonstrations:

All Exercises Page 61: Breath Anchor Page 70: Sound Rolling
Page 55: Up and Over Heel of Hand Page 62: Finger Twirl Page 71: Constant Wisp
Page 56: Pointing Page 64: Hand Dab Page 72: Upward Toss
Page 57: Finger Toss Page 66: Congealing Sound  
Page 58: Forward Spin Page 68: Linguine Pull  
Page 59: Breath Kneading Page 69: Toss Open Leg Lift  
Page 60: Body Tip Page 69: Upward Cheekbone Brush  

Categories: Choral/Vocal, Guidebook, Method, Rehearsal, Skill Building

Number of Pages: 88

Language: English

Format: Spiral

Discipline: Choir