Date of Degree
DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)
Jones, Susan Sondrol
First Committee Member
Jones, Susan S.
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Fifth Committee Member
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
Ziegler, Janet Brehm. "A pedagogical guide for extended and extreme vocal techniques used in contemporary classical vocal music." DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2018.