Journal of Singing - On Point

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A Time To . . .
In his Editor’s Commentary entitled “A Time To . . .,” published in the May/June issue of the Journal of Singing, Editor in Chief Richard Dale Sjoerdsma announced his intent to relinquish that position at the end of the 2022-23 publication cycle. At that point, Dr. Sjoerdsma, only the seventh full time editor in the journal’s 80 year history, will have served 22 years at the helm of the distinguished peer reviewed periodical, official organ of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. A search has been launched to fill the position, and interested persons may find a job description, applicant requirements, and directions for application at under “Job Center.”
JOS_078_5_2022_555.pdf (application/pdf, 696.3 K) posted at 11:29 AM, May 9, 2022
Against the Wind: Singers Growing Old
Singers grow old, and they must grapple with accommodating to changes in voice and anxiety about continued ability to perform. JoAnna E. Sloggy and Graham D. Rowles, in their article “Against the Wind: Singers Growing Old,” published in the May/June 2019 issue of “Journal of Singing,” discuss aging in prominent rock stars past and present. In the light of unrealistic audience expectations that hold them to standards of their youth, these iconic personalities face difficult challenges and decisions that they discuss in their own words.
JOS-075-5-2019-535_-_Against_the_Wind_-_Sloggy_-_Rowles.pdf (application/pdf, 335.6 K) posted at 9:31 AM, June 18, 2019
An investigation of CCM voice pedagogy: A class of its own?
Surging public interest in and demand for singing voice training in CCM styles has posed a dilemma for singing teachers, performers, and voice students who have been trained only in the traditional classical model, and American voice pedagogy has been slow to respond. The major challenge is that the field of CCM singing lacks a systematic, clear, and cohesive pedagogy that addressed the specific style-related technique and vocal health needs of CCM singers. In the January/February 2020 issue of Journal of Singing with “An Investigation of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Voice Pedagogy: A Class of Its Own?,” Irene Bartlett and Marisa Lee Naismith contribute a significant contribution to a gradually expanding literature.
JOS-076-3-2020-273_-_Bartlett-Naismith_-_An_Investigatin_of_CCM.pdf (application/pdf, 416.5 K) posted at 11:45 AM, February 4, 2020
Audio Technology: A Tool for Teachers and Singers
Alongside a developing systemic pedagogy for CCM is an awareness of the primal importance of audio technology in contemporary singing. Aaron Cafaro and Christopher Arneson, in “Audio Technology: A Tool for Teachers and Singers,” published in the January/February issue of Journal of Singing, introduce fundamental aspects of audio technology and explore how that technology can benefit singers and voice teachers in the context of the voice lesson.
JOS-076-3-2020-311_-_Cafaro_-_Arneson_-_Audio_Technology.pdf (application/pdf, 531.3 K) posted at 11:27 AM, January 21, 2020
“Assigning Racially and ethnically Specific Repertoire: The Student Veto Option"
Singing teachers find that students are more motivated to practice repertoire they have chosen themselves. But who is best equipped to choose repertoire in the voice studio for singers of a specific race or ethnicity? In his article, “Assigning Racially and ethnically Specific Repertoire: The Student Veto Option,” published in the May/June issue of the Journal of Singing, Brian Manternach identifies opportunities and problems that ethnically and racially specific repertoire can present in both the voice studio and in singers’ professional preparation, and he introduces the “student veto” policy as a pedagogic principle.
JOS_077_5_2021_685.pdf (application/pdf, 364.8 K) posted at 3:09 PM, July 12, 2021

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