From time to time, I am often asked if there is a list of books that have helped to form my views on singing and teaching.
The list below is far from comprehensive and will be continually updated.
I hope you’ll find some great reading here! JP
Anderson, James. We Sang Better, Volume 1: How We Sang: 250 Tips on How to Sing from Singers 1800 to 1960. Beuthen, 2012.
Anderson, James. We Sang Better: Volume 2: Why It Was Better: Further Evidence & Reasoning From Singers 1800 to 1960. Beuthen, 2012
Bassini, Carlo, and Stephen F. Austin. Bassini’s Art of singing: an analytical, physiological and practical system for the cultivation of the voice. Plural Pub Inc, 2007.
Bloem-Hubatka, Daniela. The Old Italian School of Singing: A Theoretical and Practical Guide. McFarland, 2012.
Botume, John Franklin. Modern Singing Methods: Their Use and Abuse (1885). Gregory Blankenbehler, 2010.
Bozeman, Kenneth W. Practical vocal acoustics. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2013.
Bozeman, Kenneth. Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency. Inside View Press, 2017.
Burgin, John Carroll. Teaching singing. Scarecrow Press, 1973.
Bybee, Ariel, and James E. Ford, eds. Modern Singer Master: Essays In Honor Of Cornelius L. Reid. Scarecrow Press, 2005.
Caccini, Giulio. Giulio Caccini: Le Nuove Musiche. Vol. 9. AR Editions, Inc., 2009.
Celletti, Rodolfo. A history of bel canto. Clarendon press, 1991.
Celoni, Anna Maria Pellegrini. Grammar, Or, Rules for Singing Well. Ed. Edward Foreman. Pro Musica Press, 2001.
Clippinger, David Alva. The Head Voice and Other Problems: Practical Talks on Singing. Oliver Ditson Company, 1917.
Clippinger, David Alva. Fundamentals of voice training. Oliver Ditson Company, 1929.
de Alcantara, Pedro. Integrated practice: coordination, rhythm, & sound. Oxford University Press, 2011.
de Alcantara, Pedro. Indirect procedures: a musician’s guide to the Alexander Technique. OUP USA, 2013.
de Alcantara, Pedro. The Integrated String Player: Embodied Vibration. Oxford University Press, 2017.
Dimon Jr, Theodore. Elements of Skill: A Conscious Approach to Learning. North Atlantic Books, 2003.
Dimon Jr, Theodore. Anatomy of the moving body: a basic course in bones, muscles, and joints. North Atlantic Books, 2008
Dimon Jr, Theodore. The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design. North Atlantic Books, 2011.
Dimon Jr, Theodore. Your Body, Your Voice: The Key to Natural Singing and Speaking. North Atlantic Books, 2011.
Dimon Jr, Theodore. Anatomy of the Voice. North Atlantic Books, 2018 (to be released in April).
Faure, Jean-Baptiste. La voix et le chant. Au Ménestrel, H. Heugel, 1886.
Ffrangcon-Davies, David Thomas. The singing of the future. J. Lane, 1907.
Fields, Victor Alexander. “Training the singing voice.” New York: King’s (1947).
Foreman, Edward. The art of bel canto in the Italian baroque: a study of the original sources. Vol. 11. Pro Musica Press, 2006.
Foreman, Edward. Authentic Singing: The history of singing. Vol. 10. Pro Musica Press, 2001.
Foreman, Edward. A bel canto method: or, How to Sing Italian baroque music correctly based on the primary sources. Vol. 12. Pro Musica Press, 2006.
Foster, Walter Charles. Singing redefined: a conceptual approach to singing that includes a study of the emotional process and the imaginative capacity, linguistic awareness and musical awareness, singing concepts based on the responsive nature of the instrument, and exercises designed to promote a technically correct, artistically expressive singing tone. Recital Pubns, 1998.
Frisell, Anthony. The baritone voice. Crescendo Publishing Company, 1972.
Frisell, Anthony. The soprano voice. B. Humphries, 1966.
Frisell, Anthony. The tenor voice. B. Humphries, 1964.
Garcia, Manuel, and Donald V. Paschke. A complete treatise on the art of singing: complete and unabridged. Vol. 2. Da Capo Pr, 1975.
Garcia, Manuel. Hints on singing. E. Ascherberg & Company, 1894.
Gilman, Marina. Body and Voice: Somatic Re-Education. Plural Publishing, 2014.
Godwin, Joscelyn. The mystery of the seven vowels: in theory and practice. Red Wheel/Weiser, 1991.
Harrison, Peter T. The human nature of the singing voice: exploring a holistic basis for sound teaching and learning. Dunedin Academic Pr Ltd, 2006.
Harrison, Peter T. Singing: Personal and performance values in training. Dunedin Academic Pr Ltd, 2014.
Heirich, Jane Ruby. Voice and the Alexander technique: active explorations for speaking and singing. Books that Change, 2005.
Hemsley, Thomas. Singing and imagination: a human approach to a great musical tradition. Peterson’s, 1998.
Henderson, William James. The Art of the Singer: Practical Hints about Vocal Technics and Style. C. Scribner’s sons, 1906.
Henderson, William James. Early history of singing. New York: Longmans, Green, 1921.
Herbert-Caesari, E. “The Pharyngeal Voice.” The Musical Times 91.1287 (1950): 178.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F. The voice of the mind. R. Hale, 1951.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F. Tradition and Gigli, 1600-1955. Hale, 1958.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F., Noel Aubrey Bonavia-Hunt, and Dinh Gilly. The science and sensations of vocal tone: a school of natural vocal mechanics. Crescendo Publishers, 1968.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F. Vocal truth: some of the things I teach. Hale, 1969.
Herbert-Caesari, E. The Science and Sensation of Vocal Tone. 1971.
Herbert-Caesari, Edgar F. The alchemy of voice. Alma Caesari-Gramatke and Rolf Gramatke, 2011.
Herman, Reinhold. An open door for singers, hints to vocalists, by Reinhold L. Herman, 1912.
Husler, Frederick, and Yvonne Rodd-Marling. Singing: The physical nature of the vocal organ: A guide to the unlocking of the singing voice. Hutchinson, 1976.
Jones, Earl William. Sound, self, and song: essays on the teaching of singing. Scarecrow Pr, 1989.
Leonard, George. Mastery: The keys to long-term success and fulfillment. Dutton, 1991.
Litante, Judith, and Richard Lewis. A Natural Approach to Singing. Judith Litante. Illustrated by Teresa Lindbery, with a Preface by Richard Lewis. Oxford University Press, 1962.
Lunn, Charles. The philosophy of voice. 1875.
Mancini, Giambattista. Practical reflections on the figurative art of singing. RG Badger, 1912.
Marchesi, Mathilde. Bel canto: a theoretical and practical vocal method. Dover Publications, 1970.
McClosky, David Blair. Your voice at its best. Little, Brown, 1959.
McGee, Timothy J. The sound of medieval song: ornamentation and vocal style according to the treatises. Clarendon Press, 1998.
McGill, David. Sound in Motion. Bloomington: Indiana university press, 2007.
Monahan, Brent Jeffrey. The art of singing: a compendium of thoughts on singing published between 1777 and 1927. Scarecrow Pr, 1978.
Myer, Edmund John. Vocal reinforcement. Recital Publications, 1984.
Myer, Edmund John. The Voice from a Practical Stand-point... WA Pond & Company, 1886.
Myer, Edmund John. The Renaissance of the Vocal Art: A Practical Study of Vitality, Vitalized Energy, of the Physical, Mental and Emotional Powers of the Singer, Through Flexible, Elastic Bodily Movements. Schirmer, 1902.
Parente, Thomas J. The positive pianist: How flow can bring passion to practice and performance. Oxford University Press, 2015.
Reeves, Sims. On the Art of Singing. Boosey, 1900.
Reid, Cornelius L. Bel canto: principles and practices. J. Patelson Music House, 1974.
Reid, Cornelius L. Voice: psyche and soma. J. Patelson Music House, 1975.
Reid, Cornelius L. The free voice: a guide to natural singing. Joseph Patelson Music House, 1978.
Reid, Cornelius L. A dictionary of vocal terminology: an analysis. Joseph Patelson Music House, 1983.
Reid, Cornelius L. Essays on the Nature of Singing. Recital Publications, 1992.
Rodenburg, Patsy. The right to speak: working with the voice. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.
Shigo, Daniel James. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based Upon the Famous School of Manuel García. New York; Voice/Talk Publications, 2013.
Smith, W. Stephen. The naked voice: a wholistic approach to singing. Oxford University Press, 2007.
Spivey, Norman, and Mary Saunder Barton. Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act. Plural Publishing, 2018.
Stark, James A. Bel canto: a history of vocal pedagogy. University of Toronto Press, 2003.
Talia, Joseph. History of Vocal Pedagogy: Intuition and Science. Australian Academic Press, 2017.
Talia, Joseph. Vocal Science for Elite Singers: A Tribute to the Unrelenting Pursuit of Excellence in the Art of Singing. Australian Academic Press, 2017.
Taylor, David Clark. New Light on the Old Italian Method: An Outline of the Historical System of Voice Culture, with a Plea for Its Revival. HW Gray, 1916..
Taylor, David Clark. The psychology of singing: a rational method of voice culture based on a scientific analysis of all systems, ancient and modern. The Macmillan Company, 1917.
Thurmond, James. Note Grouping: A Method for Achieving Expression and Style in Musical Performance. Meredith Music Publishers. 2000.
Tomatis, Alfred A. The ear and the voice. Scarecrow Press, 2005.
Tosi, Pier Francesco, and John Ernest Galliard. Observations on the Florid Song, Or, Sentiments on the Ancient and Modern Singers. William Reeves, 1743
Westney, William. The perfect wrong note: Learning to trust your musical self. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006.
Witherspoon, Herbert. Singing. New York: G Schirmer, 1925.