Document Type


Date of Degree

Fall 2018

Degree Name

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Jones, Susan Sondrol

Second Advisor

Muriello, John

First Committee Member

Jones, Susan S

Second Committee Member

Muriello, John

Third Committee Member

Gompper, David

Fourth Committee Member

Stalter, Timothy

Fifth Committee Member

Platte, Nathan


There are numerous challenges to singing contemporary classical vocal music including a number of harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal elements not commonly seen in the western Classical or Romantic era compositions. There are new notations, new sounds, new ideas, and new demands. Finding a way to train college-aged singers to perform standard classical repertoire alongside contemporary classical repertoire has been a personal goal for many years.

This essay contains exercises and vocalises to help train singers to prepare their instrument to perform the demanding music presented in this body of repertoire. Musical concepts covered in this essay include large interval training, laughing drills, tone clusters, and a variety of others.

Current scholarship on this subject does not address the pedagogical steps of teaching music classified as contemporary classical vocal music. This essay provides exercises, vocalises, and recommendations for the development of vocal techniques required to perform works from this repertoire with healthy and secure technique.


Contemporary Classical, New Music, Pedagogy, Vocal Exercise, Vocalise, Voice


xiii, 102 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 100-102).


Copyright © 2018 Janet Brehm Ziegler

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