The Vocal Athlete: Second Edition

Wendy D. LeBorgne, Marci Daniels Rosenberg
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The Vocal Athlete


Wendy D. LeBorgne, Marci Daniels Rosenberg

Details: 393 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-163-6

Release Date: 27/06/2019


The Vocal Athlete, Second Edition and the companion book The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, Second Edition are written and designed to bridge the gap between the art of contemporary commercial music (CCM) singing and the science behind voice production in this ever-growing popular vocal style. This textbook is a “must have” for vocal pedagogy courses and speech-language pathologists, singing voice specialists, and voice teachers. Heavily referenced, this text is ripe with current research on singing science as it relates to the CCM voice. In addition to general singing science, The Vocal Athlete ithe first book of its kind to address the unique vocal and physiologic demands of commercial singing from a sound scientific and pedagogical standpoint. Historical review of classical vocal pedagogy is interwoven and transitioned to current pedagogy of CCM. Anyone who trains singers will gain insight into the current research and trends regarding the commercial music artist.

The text distinguishes itself from other pedagogy texts by incorporating current peer reviewed literature in the area of CCM and its studio application. Also unique to this text are chapters on body alignment, traditional and holistic medicine, the lifecycle of the voice, and the physiology of belting.

New to the Second Edition

  • New medical chapter on Common Pathologies in Vocal Athletes
  • New comprehensive chapter on Perception, Aesthetics, and Registration in the Commercial Vocal Athlete
  • Extended sections in Motor Learning and Exercise Physiology chapters
  • Updated references throughout
  • Access to a PluralPlus companion website with PowerPoint lecture slides

Related Workbook

The companion book, The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, Second Edition is a practical array of vocal exercises and techniques described by experienced CCM vocal pedagogues. This workbook features access to a PluralPlus companion website with singing exercises to further enhance understanding of techniques and skills used in training these singers.

The Vocal Athlete text and workbook are invaluable tools for anyone who uses or trains the singing voice or works with CCM singers.


"This comprehensive book provides an in-depth understanding of the vocal mechanism, specific care of the body and instrument, and the science behind the voice. It is organized into logical sections and the chapters cover key areas of interest, which makes it easy to skip to a desired topic [...] It is intended as a guide for those who work with the 21st-century vocal athlete. This book is needed in the field as there is often a gap of knowledge between traditional vocal pedagogy and current voice science, especially in contemporary commercial music (CCM). This is the only book available that synthesizes core knowledge of the vocal mechanism, vocal health, pedagogy, and accessible voice research in one publication."
—Jonelyn Langenstein, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine), in Doody's Reviews