So You Want to Sing World Music: A Guide for Performers


Chapters 2-4  Chapter 5  Chapters 6-7  Chapters 8-9  Chapters 10-11  Chapter 12

Chapters 13-14  Chapters 15-16  Chapters 17-18  Chapters 19-20  Chapters 21-23

Chapter 1 – Singing the Music of the World (Matthew Hoch)

Ethnomusicology and World Music:

Viewing the World through a Western Lens

The Americas


The Middle East



Australia and Oceania

Education and Integration: World Music Pedagogy

Further Resources

Chapter 2 – Singing and Voice Science (Scott McCoy)

Chapter 3 – Vocal Health and World Music Singer (Wendy LeBorgne)

Chapter 4 – Using Audio Enhancement Technology (Matthew Edwards)

Equipment Manufacturers:

Recommended Equipment:

Comparisons of Singers (on and off mic):


Trade Publications:

Chapter 5 – Native American Vocal Music: Tohono O’odham Songs (Erin E. Bauer)

Examples of Eastern Woodlands Songs:

Examples of Plains Songs:

Examples of Great Basin Songs:

Examples of Southwest Songs:

Examples of Northwest Coast Songs:

Examples of Arctic Songs:

Examples of Tohono O’odham Songs:

Examples of Tohono O’odham Waila Music:

Examples of WithOut Rezervation (WOR)

Chapter 6 – Mexico’s Mariachi Vocal Tradition (Juanita Ulloa)

Chapter 7 – Popular Music in Brazil: Bossa Nova and Other Genres (Suely Mesquita)

On Brazilian Music and Culture:

Learning Brazilian Music:


Bossa Nova:




Brazilian Funk:

Brazilian Rap:

Chapter 8 – Irish Traditional Song: Style, Practice, Context (Joyce & Costello)

Selected Online Archives:

Regional Styles:

Neutral Vocal Embouchure:

Head versus Chest Voice:


Stressed Voice Production:

Melismatic Ornamentation:

Western Art Style:

Macaronic Song:


Chapter 9 – Celtic and Celtic Pop (Elizabeth Blades)

Historic Roots and Rise in Popularity:

Dance and Songs:

Vocal Styles:

Chapter 10 – Exploring and Performing Lithuanian Sutartinės (Sarah J. Bartolome)

Musical Examples and Video from Chapter:

Traditional Sutartinės (additional listening examples):

Sutartinės in Contemporary Musical Forms:

Sutartinė Web Resources:

Chapter 11 – Exploring Folk Polyphony through Georgian Songs (Matthew E. Knight)

Introduction and History:

Ethnographic Context:

Vocal Style, Intonation, and Challenges:

East Georgian Songs:

West Georgian Songs:

Liturgical Music:

Text Box:

Other Polyphonies:

Chapter 12 – Egyptian Vocal Music (Laura Lohman)

Elements of Egyptian Vocal Music:

Arabic Pronunciation and Islamic Vocal Performance:

Traditional Music:

Classic Singers of the Twentieth Century:

Popular Music in the Mass Media:

Chapter 13 – Avaz: The Art of Persian Traditional Singing (Behzad Namazi)

Chapter 14 – Choral Singing in South Africa (Michael Barrett)

Chapter 15 – Istibili: Singing and Learning South African Folk Song (Sarah-Jane Gibson)

Historical Overview:

Features of Isitibili, Vocal Style, and Movement:

Learning and Understanding the Text:

Musical Resources:

Chapter 16 – An Introduction to Hindustani Vocal Music (Marged Trumper)

Chapter 17 – Peking Opera (Po-wei Weng)

Chinese Pinyin System:

Peking Opera Vocal Music:

Chapter 18 – Overtone Singing around the Globe (Rollin Rachele)

Chapter 19 – World Music in a Choral Setting (Stefanie Cash)

Musical Examples:

Professional Organizations:

Other Documents:


Chapter 20 – Traditional Arabic Music and the Western Song Recital (Feryal Qudourah)

Chapter 21 – Vocal Versatility in Bel Canto Style (Sperry & Goetze)

Singing in Chest Register

Higher Laryngeal Position

Minimized/Horizontal Pharyngeal Space




Overtone Singing

All of the Above

Further Reading

Chapter 22 – Musical Rhythms to Learn, Love, and Share (Patricia Shehan Campbell)

Chapter 23 – Voice Pedagogy: Imagining a Global Future (Matthew Hoch)