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VASTA and Routledge Press are excited to announce the release of 

The History of Voice Pedagogy

The History of Voice Pedagogy

Originally a special issue in the Voice and Speech Review, this book is a joint effort from VASTA and Routledge to bring the history of the voice field to a mainstream readership.

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The History of Voice Pedagogy: Multidisciplinary Reflections on Training

Edited by Rockford Sansom

This ambitious publication draws from the knowledge and expertise of leading international figures in voice training in order to examine the history of the voice from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The book explores the historical arc of various voice training disciplines and highlights significant people and events within the field. It is written by voice specialists from a variety of backgrounds, including singing, actor training, public speaking, and voice science. These contributors explore how voice pedagogy came to be, how it has organized itself as a profession, how it has dealt with challenges, and how it can develop still.

Covering a variety of voice training disciplines, this book will be of interest to those studying voice and speech, as well as researchers from the fields of rhetoric, music and performance.


Table of Contents

Introduction – The Emergence of a Profession: The History of Voice Pedagogy

Rockford Sansom

1. Theatre-Voice Pedagogy within the Royal Shakespeare Company: A Historical Perspective

Lyn Darnley

2. A Historical View of the Pedagogy of Public Speaking

Erika Bailey

3. Historical Landmarks in Singing Voice Pedagogy

Matthew Hoch

4. Make the Door Open: Groundbreaking African American Teachers of Singing

Carl Du Pont

5. A Historian’s Journey with Sylvia Olden Lee and Camilla Williams, African American Opera Pioneers

Elizabeth Nash

6. Singing Vocal Pedagogy in the Nineteenth Century Neapolitan School: The Work of Francesco Florimo

Giovanna Carugno and Cristina Patturelli

7. The History of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)

Adrianne Moore

8. The Rationale and History of Vocology

Ingo R. Titze