One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques by Joan  Melton with Kenneth  Tom
141 pages, $28.95 list
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One Voice
Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques
Second Edition
Too often performers are conditioned to think they have a “speaking voice” and a “singing voice.” Yet, in fact, the voice we use to speak, laugh, cry, shout, scream, yawn, and call out is the same voice we use to sing!

Joan Melton brings together the contrasting worlds of singing and acting training in an approach that is physically energizing, vocally freeing, and infinitely practical. Kenneth Tom contributes a chapter on vocal anatomy, offering clear and accessible material on how the voice works, along with practical advice on its care.

This groundbreaking book outlines a course of study that effectively integrates singing and theatre voice techniques throughout the training process. The physicality of Melton’s approach addresses the concerns of professional voice users in any field, and her detailed work on phrasing applies equally to singing and speaking.

The accompanying audio CD features guidelines and detailed instructions for many of the exercises, including a complete yoga-based sequence.
“I found ‘aha!’ and ‘of course!’ moments within each section. Clear, concise, challenging, and, most of all, welcoming to both the actor-singer as well as the singer-actor. One craft and one voice, no matter the origins of your training. Bravo!” — Kimberly Stephenson, St. Mary’s University

“The book is wonderful! It is beautifully written and easy to follow. It was a lovely idea to have photos rather than diagrams.” — Julia Moody, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

“This important book challenges and encourages a synthesis in singing, voice, speech, and movement pedagogy. Voice, singing, and movement trainers have agreed in theory for some time that more integrated methods of training are essential; however, in practice little progress has been made. Melton’s book is the first theoretical and technical manual outlining a comprehensive method of physical, vocal, and musical integration.” — Michael Lugering, author of The Expressive Actor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“Joan Melton’s One Voice is an outstanding training manual and contribution to both scholarship and practice.” — Krista Scott, Texas Christian University

“This little gem requires all of your attention. There are very few wasted words, the explanations are clear, precise, and quite brilliant.” — Gerard Reidy, London International Theatre Education Services

“Joan Melton has taken the lead in developing a vital new pedagogy for the teaching of theatre voice. Her conviction that the teaching of singing and speaking for musical theatre performers must derive from the same technical core is, in my view, the key to the future of vocal training for actors. Melton’s rich background as a composer, pianist, and classically trained singer have prepared her uniquely for the groundbreaking approach she has taken in her work.” — Mary Saunders-Barton, Penn State University
Table of Contents

1. The Foundation
Alignment / Breathing / Destructuring/Restructuring

2. Vocal Anatomy and Physiology
Overview / Physical Systems: How They Work / Respiration / Phonation / Articulation / Sensation and Learning / Vocal Health and Longevity

3. Range, Resonance, and Articulation
Overview / Extending the Range / Exploring Resonance / Incorporating Articulation

4. The Voice/Movement Relationship
Apparent Contradictions / Practical Solutions / Voice and the Triple Threat


5. Reading Music
Overview / Specific Requirements for the Actor / Guidelines for Preparing Material / Working with an Accompanist / Guidelines for Performance

6. Working with Text
Overview / Elements: Vowels and Consonants / Phrasing and Connected Speech, Spoken and Sung / Summary

7. Singing and Acting
Overview / A Formula That Works / Summary


8. Special Considerations
Overcoming Fears about Singing / Extending Kinesthetic Awareness / Singing as a Diagnostic Tool

9. The Whole Voice
Overview / One Technical Core / Expanding the Vocal Parameters / Summary

Appendix: Organizations That Focus on Care of the Professional Voice