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Music: Training & Study

Singer and ActorSinger and Actor: Acting Techniques for Opera
Alan E. Hicks
Deftly combining theory and practice, Singer and Actor gives singers of all levels of experience the means to prepare dramatically for the operatic stage. Softcover, 196 pp. $22.99.

Learn to Speak MusicLearn to Speak Music

John Crossingham
Learn to Speak Music exposes every nook and cranny of how music is made -- whether by the pros or by you! The entire world of popular music is explored, from songwriting and recording music to setting up a practice space and shooting a video. Softcover, $19.95.

The Art of Singing: Discovering and Developing Your True VoiceThe Art of Singing: Discovering and Developing Your True Voice

Jennifer Hamady
Using the medium of the voice, Jennifer Hamady shares her insights and experiences as a coach and a singer that will open your eyes to how we all - musicians and non-musicians alike - allow fear, doubt, preconceived notions, and overthinking to get in the way of clear, healthy, optimal singing - and living. Softcover, 96 pp. $19.99.

Acting in Musical TheatreActing in Musical Theatre

Joe Deer & Joe Rocco
Acting in Musical Theatre is the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. It is the first to combine acting, singing, and dancing into a comprehensive guide, combining what have previously treated as three separate disciplines. This book contains fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and even tips to help veteran musical performers refine theri craft. Softcover, 448 pp. $33.00.

Acting the SongActing the Song

Tracey Moore & Allison Bergman
Acting the Song offers a contemporary, integrated approach to singing in musicals that results in better-trained, smarter performers. Directors, teachers of musical theatre, and students will find time-tested advice, exercises, and worksheets for all skill levels. This book guides readers through musical theatre elements classroom workshops, and the world of professional auditions and performances. Softcover, 309 pp. $27.95.

Staging Musicals for Young PerformersStaging Musicals for Young Performers
Maria C. Novelly & Adele Firth
This unique, step-by-step guidebook is designed to help teachers and directors successfully mount a musical with young performers. Every aspect of production is covered: casting and rehearsals, costumes and make-up, scenery and props, lighting, sound effects, and publicity and promotion. This is an invaluable resource for anyone teaching acting, singing, and dancing. Softcover, 229 pp. $22.95.

American Idol: Singer's AdvantageAmerican Idol: Singer's Advantage
The Ultimate Voice Training Program

Seth Riggs
Learn to sing with the world's greatest vocal coach, Seth Riggs! Singer's Advantage comes with one instructional DVD, seven instructional CDs, and a comprehensive companion workbook. Separate versions for men and for women. Audio CD, $58.99.

The Singer's CompanionThe Singer's Companion
Brent Monahan
In an accessible, easy-to-use format, author Brent Monahan amplifies the art of learning to sing well, focusing not on physiology or theories, but rather providing practical advice and techniques. Topics include stance, breathing, phonation, resonance, range, health, choosing a teacher, vocal exercise, musicianship, pronunciation and diction, interpretation, performance, and selecting material. Any singer, from classical to popular, from the would-be professional to the diligent choir member, can benefit from this concise companion. Softcover, 169 pp. $25.95.

Singing in Style: A Guide to Vocal Performance PracticesSinging in Style: A Guide to Vocal Performance Practices

Martha Elliott
The first historical overview of vocal performance practice and style ever published, Singing in Style provides an introduction to how issues such as ornamentation, vibrato, rubato, portamento, articulation, tempo, language, and accompaniment with period instruments have been handled since the seventeenth century. Hardcover, 356 pp. $52.00.

The Musician's Notebook: GuitarThe Musician's Notebook: Guitar

Matthew Teacher
Now there is one home for all your creative musings--for the songs you carry around in your head (or on random scraps of paper). This is a musician's journal created for a musician. Use it to bring clarity to your ideas and substance to your vision. Fill your notebook with your greatest licks, motifs, and completed songs. Track chords and riffs and draw inspiration from a collection of quotes by artists who inspire. Within this book there's a home for your creative thoughts. And now they won't get lost! It's all here - The Musician's Notebook: Guitar. Start using it today. Softcover, 99 pp. $7.95. Also available: The Musician's Notebook: Piano.

The Singer's CompanionThe Singer's Companion

Sharon L. Stohrer
Provides both beginning and advanced students with a basic, reliable, readable introduction to the many issues focusing on training and maintaining a healthy voice. The Singer's Companion covers issues faced by vocalists in all styles of music, ranging from how to find a good teacher to auditions and performance tips. Softcover, 121 pp. $31.95.

How to Write Songs on KeyboardsHow to Write Songs on Keyboards
Rikky Rooksby
Ever wanted to write a song on a piano? Or on a digital keyboard? Maybe you've been writing songs on guitar for a while and need a source of new ideas, or sounds. Or maybe you're new to the whole creative thing and figure, quite rightly, that a keyboard is the easiest place to start. Either way, there's never been a book like How to Write Songs on Keyboards. It will open new doors to the great world of songwriting. Softcover, 256 pp. $30.95.

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The Everything Reading Music BookThe Everything Reading Music Book
Marc Schonbrun
Learning to read music is fun -- and, now, fast as well! This easy-to-follow guide helps you master the fundamentals of music notation and theory in no time. Filled with hundreds of examples and a bonus CD, The Everything Reading Music Book brings the essential lessons to life. Softcover, 285 pp. $26.95.

Singing and the ActorSinging and the Actor
Second Edition
Gillyanne Kayes
This book contains a structured training programme for the singing actor and dancer. Pitching, registers and breath management, the communication of sung text and the production of Belt, Twang, and Speech qualities are all covered in this practical book. Revised throughout, this second edition now benefits from new insights on managing 'the break' and additional exercises for readers who process in different training modes. Softcover, 199 pp. $32.95.

Singing with Your Own VoiceSinging with Your Own Voice
Orlanda Cook
This is a comprehensive instruction manual, full of practical exercises. It aims to liberate the singing voice that is within each one of us. Based firmly on the author's extensive teaching experience all over the world, and packed full of illustrations and exercises, Singing with Your Own Voice is for people -- and particularly actors -- who wan to be able to sing better but do not know how. Softcover, 224 pp. $33.00.

Songwriting SuccessSongwriting Success: How to Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe) Profit
Michael Lydon
Assuming no musical knowledge, Songwriting Success breaks down the craft of melody and lyric writing into easily digested lessons that anyone can follow. From putting pen to paper to getting your songs heard, this easy to follow guide book shows the beginning songwriter how to integrate the craft's many skills into a seamless artistic and commercial whole. Softcover, 195 pp. $29.95.

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