Teaching Breathing: Results of a Survey

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Ruth Rootberg

This monograph is an in-depth discussion of the practices of 13 voice teachers whose background is primarily theater voice. It is based on response to over 100 questions. Among the themes addressed are: validation for teaching breathing; principles of breathing as it relates to voice in daily life and performance; language used to support the learning process; methodology, including the role of movement in voice instruction. One contributor is a certified Alexander Teacher, and nine others mention the Alexander Technique as instrumental to their teaching. Contributors are: Christine Adaire, Barbara Adrian, Eric Armstrong, Michael Barnes, Marina Gilman, Jane Heirich, Mary Howland, Ellen Margolis, Marth Munro, Lise Olson, Natalie Stewart, Phil Timberlake, and Lynn Watson. Marth Munro is also Assistant Editor. Because of the broad range of experience of the writers and the scope of the questions, this book is useful to the beginning and advanced voice teacher or speech pathologist alike. Alexander Teachers will find it extremely helpful as a guide to the language and thinking processes their voice and acting students bring with them into the teaching room. [181 + x pages, spiral bound, 8 _ x 11, 2002, Amherst, privately printed] For a preview, go to http://www.movingvoices.us/

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