Recommended Resources


A Soprano on Her Head, by Eloise Ristad
Teacher’s and singer’s manual on “singing outside of the box”, a personal guide full of anecdotes and performer’s psychology

The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults, by James C. McKinney
This was the main text used in my University’s pedagogy class, and I still find myself referring to it to time and time again for exercises and technique.

The Private Voice Studio Handbook, by Joan Frey Boytim
Boytim’s super practical guide covers everything a singer-aspiring-to-voice teacher needs to know. Highly recommended!

Vocal Wisdom: Maxims of Giovanni Battista Lamperti, transcribed by William Earl Brown
One of the few truly poetic guides to singing that is still practical. Highly quote-able too.

Solutions for Singers, by Richard Miller
The most reader-friendly of Richard Miller’s books, offering irresistible practical information in a Q&A format.

Music, the Brain and Ecstasy, by Robert Jourdain
This was the book that revolutionized the way I thought about music and made me want to be an ethnomusicologist.

The Rough Guide to Opera, by Matthew Boyden
This is the book that helps me pretend I know what I’m talking about when it comes to opera.

Song: A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature by Carol Kimball
A well written and comprehensive guide to classical art song, great for finding new repertoire.

Chanting the Psalms, by Cynthia Bourgeault
An informative manual for picking up Christian chant as a spiritual practice, covers ancient and modern forms of chant.

Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance, by Eric Franklin
Handbook of creative exercises that can be used for dancing and-with an extra stretch of imagination-singing.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, by Edith Hamilton
Not only a great read, but will give you an edge in understanding mythological references in songs and operas (especially Baroque!).

Web sites and Publications

The Petrucci library, – if you’ve never heard of this site before, then you’re in for a happy surprise: the most complete database of download-able sheet music in the public domain.

The Aria Database – Searchable database of over a thousand operatic arias, including texts, translations, synopses and range

The Lied, Art Song and Choral Texts Archive – Giant archive of poetry and text used in classical art songs and choral pieces, translated into multiple languages

National Association of Teachers of Singing, has popular (print-only) journal

Classical Singer – magazine, a gathering spot for the classical singer community, offers online subscriptions

The Contemplator – Folk songs in English with lyrics, MIDI, tune information and history. Perfect for that Saturday afternoon when you feel like learning a new song.

Musica Sacra – The Church Music Association of America, full of articles on sacred music and printable books of chant

Dove Song – A written and audio archive of sacred and world music from the fifteenth century onward

Pandora Radio – personalized online radio that suggests new artists according to your listening history (sadly not available in Thailand!)

NPR – jazz, classical and world music article and sound resources

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