Choral Pedagogy and the Older Singer

Brenda Smith and Robert Thayer Sataloff
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This book should help conductors adjust expectations and methods to suit the condition and abilities of older singers. Maintaining one's vocal skill in later years is the goal, since getting better may not be possible. Knowing that every choral conductor hopes a choir will improve from season to season, a new paradigm for the aging choir must be established. Once involved, the conductor of older singers is certain to reap the benefits of making music with people whose appreciation of the text, the music and the act of singing is deeper than in any younger ensemble.


  • Patricia Henshaw, Principal SLT, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Bulletin (Sept. 2012):
    "The resurgence in the popularity of choral singing and the increasing expectation of active participation in a range of activities are combining to encourage more people to enjoy singing well into older age. This American book is designed to help choir conductors adjust their expectations and methods to suit the condition and abilities of older singers. It supports this with a wealth of information about the ageing voice and how to look after it and use it well.

    SLTs working with older people who run into difficulties with both their speaking and singing voices will find this book of immense interest. The chapters on medical and vocal health are clear and accessible and particularly helpful. They bring together familiar and new information on anatomy, physiology, conditions, factors affecting the voice and approaches and treatments. This is a treasure trove, well worth a look. My copy is already well thumbed."


Details: 368 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 6 x 9"
ISBN13: 978-1-59756-438-0
Release Date: 03/30/2012
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