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Career Advice for Singers

This is the place to go if you just know you know so little that you don’t know where to start! Dictionaries! Guides! Planners! How to’s of the very basic level abound here. But even if you’re past the basics, don’t skip this page – there’s always something new to learn, even for the most experienced of performers. Do you know how to sign your performances, opening it up to a whole ‘nother audience? How’s your diction? How fresh are you notation skills? What about your knowledge of copyright? And we also have a guide to walk you through the special magic of recording vocals

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Angela Myles Beeching : Beyond Talent - Creating a Successful Career in Music

Review: Contrary to the standard joke about how to get to Carnegie Hall, "making it" in music is not simply about practice, practice, practice. Today, over 200,000 people in the United States work as musicians. With competition for traditional employment opportunities for musicians becoming ever more heated, today's musicians must know how the music industry works and how they can tailor their skills accordingly. How can musicians create their own professional paths? In Beyond Talent, veteran music career counselor Angela Myles Beeching offers up a comprehensive guide for musicians in search of work, demystifying the steps to success. Drawing on a wealth of real-life examples, the book untangles artist management and the recording industry and explains how to find and create performance opportunities. Guidance is also provided on grant writing and fundraising, day jobs, freelancing, and how to manage money, time, and stress. Straightforward and reader-friendly, Beyond Talent is filled with practical tips, examples, checklists, sample budgets, goal-setting exercises, and extensive resource listings.This essential handbook goes beyond the usual "how-to"; Beyond Talent helps musicians tackle the core questions about career goals, defining success, and imagining and then creating a meaningful life as a professional musician.

Songlist: Prelude: Confessions Of A Career Counsler, Mapping Success In Music, Making Connections: Schmoozing For Success, Building Your Image: Creating Promotional Materials That Work, Expanding Your Impact: Demos And CDS, Online Promotion: Using The Internet To Advance Your Career, Interlude: Fundamental Questions, Booking Performances Like A Pro, Building Your Reputation, Growning Your Audience: The Media, Publicity, And You, Connecting With Audiences: Residency, Educational, And Community Programming, Performing At Your Best, The Freelance Lifestyle, Raising Money For Music Projects, Getting It Together: Your Career Package

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6317b | Book | $18.95 |


Audrey Hunt : Start Your Singing Career

Review: At last, here is a program for the singer who wants to become a pro and doesn't know where to start. The singer will learn how to: Create an act, Gain experience as a singer, Build a bio, resume and press kit, Learn the difference between an agent and a manager. Form a band, Build an audience, Make a demo, Promote and publicize, Build vocal Excellence ..and much more!

Songlist: Introduction, Live your dream, Creating your act, Bio and Promo Kit, Getting Experience, Forming a Band, Vocal Excellence

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6631c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Claytoven Richardson : The Professional Studio Vocalist

Review: Based on the workshop award-winning singer Claytoven Richardson teaches at San Francisco State University, this book tackles on-the-job issues singers face while trying to make a career out of singing - recording studio fundamentals, professionalism, union basics, vocal techniques for both lead and background studio singing, choosing mics, proper headphone use, and much more.

Songlist: How To Use This Book, How Skilled Are You, Promoting Yourself, Getting Studio Work, Taking Care Of Business, The Hiring Call, Professionalism, Studio Boot Camp, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Thoughts From A Few Professionals, Appendix

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6452b | Book | $29.95 |


Diane Haslam : The Heart of Singing

Review: The life of every singer is a continuous journey toward vocal improvement, enhanced performance, satisfaction, and confidence. Diane Haslam, mezzo-soprano and respected voice teacher for more than two decades, has faced many challenges in her own career and has addressed these, and so much more, in her compelling book The Heart of Singing: Steps on the Path to Becoming the Singer You Want to Be. Whether you are an aspiring singer, a professional, a member of a choir, a soloist, or a voice teacher, this book addresses aspects of singing often overlooked and difficult to address in the voice studio: those myriad characteristics beyond vocal technique that constitute great singing. The author offers insight into: building confidence and eliminating fear; dealing with the internal judge; exploring new ways to address bad habits; becoming fully aware of your vocal potential; and discovering your free, honest voice. You will learn about the power of focus and awareness, commitment and balance, trust and risk, and, along the way, experience the satisfaction and joy this singing journey can bring.

Songlist: Power Play, The Insight Story, Taking the Plunge, Mind Over Chatter, No, Your Honor, On Air, Let's Get Physical, Out of the Box, The High Wire Act

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7455b | Book | $15.95 |


Gloria Rusch : The Professional Singers Handbook

Review: So you want to be a professional singer? You have seasoned your singing britches and are feeling confident enough to realize this incredible dream you have chased since childhood. This is the survival manual to take with you to the land of limelight. Gloria Rusch is a singer, actress, published lyricist and vocal coach who has been a mentor to many award-winning and successful artists. Co-Founder of the School of the Natural Voice, Gloria is one of the most sought-after vocal coaches in the music industry. Though topics of performance, ear training and vocal pedagogy are touched upon, please keep in mind that this manual is NOT a handbook to teach you the techniques of singing. This guidebook focuses on issues that will rise post training such as; microphone technique for both studio and stage, sound equipment, recording studio etiquette, working with record companies, understanding contracts, finding management, health and treatment, stage fright and many other tips necessary for success in the music business. Do not leave the practice room without The Professional Singer's Handbook!

Songlist: Getting Started!, How To Select A Vocal Coach, The Basics of Singing, The Basics of Singing Continued, Singing For An Audience: Performance Basics, Staying Healthy and Sane, Working With Sound Equipment, Studio Singing, The Finishing Touches, The Business Side of the Business, The Business Side of the Business Continued, Interviews, Now I'm a Star! Where Do I Go From Here?

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5457b | Book | $19.98 |


Jaime Babbitt : Working with Your Voice

Review: You say you want to become a professional singer. Where do you start? Is it really possible to make a living doing what you love? With over 25 years of experience as a professional singer, Jaime Babbitt has been there, done that, and knows the drill. In this book, Jaime looks at everything involved with having a career as a singer and offers you her first-hand experience. She applies a Zen approach to her invaluable tips on singing, gigs, marketing, and the professional singer's lifestyle. You'll realize your goal of becoming a successful working singer and how your voice, body, connections, technique, and attitude all help you every step of the way. Whether you're a pop superstar in the making, a stone-cold rocker, a Broadway baby, an R&B diva, or a jazz crooner, Working with Your Voice helps you become the singer who's great at whatever they do---and who knows how to do it all.

Songlist: Getting Started, Voice Coaches vs. Voice Teachers, Why Must I Exercise?, The Alexander Technique, Conquering Stage Fright, The Rehearsal Process, Recording Your Vocals, The Click Track, Microphone Dynamics, Pitch Correction, Business Tips, Determining Your Value, Auditions, Negotiating, Song Interpretation, Song Choice, Mic and Monitor Checks, Ear Training Basics, Singing Harmony, Choosing a Producer, Gigs For Studio Singers, Vocal Sessions, Cruise Ship Gigs, Promoting Yourself, About Contracts, Being Professional, Word Glossary for Professional Singers

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7287b | Book | $19.95 |


Kenny Kerner : Going Pro

Review: This handy guide from The Musician's Institute provides everything you need to know to go pro, including information about personal managers, music attorneys, business managers and booking agents, record companies, A&R, publishing, songwriting, demo tapes and press kits, self-promotion, and much more.

Songlist: Bands, Personal Managers, Music Attorneys, Business Managers & Booking Agents, Record Companies, A & R, Publishing, Songwriting, Demos & Press Kits, Self-Promotion, Meeting And Greeting

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6348b | Book | $17.95 |


Makky Kaylor : Confessions of a Session Singer - Scandalous Secrets of Success Behind the Mic

Review: Beyond the bright lights of the concert stage and the glamorous lifestyles of pop stars, another world thrives behind the microphone - that of the professional session singer. Confessions of a Session Singer is the first book to delve into that world. it gives an entertaining and educational look into professional studio work from the vantage point of a veteran vocalist. The session singing industry is accessible to anyone with talent and tenacity, and author Mk Kaylor - whose voice has boosted countless commercials, jingles, films, television shows and radio spots - shares what he has learned on the job. Interspersed with the tips and trade secrets are insights and anecdotes from the real world of the recording professional. Kaylor covers all angles of the session singing business, from how to communicate with engineers to the techniques that will help budding singers and even experienced pros. 'Confessions of a Session Singer' is essential for anyone interested in the world of professional studio work.

Songlist: How to Become a Professional Session Vocalist, How to Stay in the Business, The Importance of Preparation, Egos and Etiquette, Technique-ing the Life Right Out of a Song, Voice 101, Mic Technique 101, Gear 101, Tracks, Lies and Audiotape: How to Listen, Selecting Your Work Wisely Without Compromise, Fixing the Books: Run Your Session Business Smoothly, Becoming the Talk of the Town

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6488b | Book & 1 CD | $19.95 |


Maurice Johnson : Build and Manage Your Music Career

Review: Lose the amateur mind-set and think like a pro! With this book you'll learn: essential organizational skills for optimizing your productivity; the importance of a good attitude and self-confidence; how to overcome the fear of rejection (with 8 sure-fire ways to combat it before it happens!); how to create professional promo materials and deal effectively with the media; and more. This is an incredibly valuable reference book for anyone who wants to make a living playing music written by somebody who actually does!

Songlist: You, The Musician, Laying The Foundation For A Successful Music Career, Building Your Band, Pricing Your Performances, Working With Prospects And Clients, When You Perform, Making Money From Your Music, Bits And Pieces, Interviews With Real Working Musicians, Musical Terms And Music Related Resources

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6349b | Book | $24.95 |


Nyree Belleville : Booking, Promoting and Marketing Your Music

Review: Join the indie revolution! This book will be your constant reference for recording, booking, managing, promoting and selling your music. Perfect for all genres of music, and for people already working as musicians, just starting out, or representing singers. Covers: booking great gigs, marketing your music and selling thousands of albums, managing bands, professional band promotion, and much more!

Songlist: Dreaming Big! Taking The Time To Figure Out What You Want, 10 Rules for Successful Singers, Building Your Songwriting, Vocal, And Instrumental Skills, Go Solo Or Play In A Band, Getting Organized: Your Office, Prmits, And Record Label, Recording And Manufacturing An Album, Creating A Great Press Kit, Putting Together TThe Best PA System For Your Shows, Venue Options And Alternatives, Bookers And Concert Promoters, Merchandising Techniques For Selling Thousands Of Albums, Building A Loyal Fan Base: Pinpointing And Targeting Your True Audience, Booking Proitable Local, Regional, And National Tours, Fully Utilizing The Internet, 50 Promotional Tools, The 7 Step Music Business And Marketing Plan, The Artist's Plan, You're Complete To Do List As A Manager, Booking Agent, Publicist, Merchandiser, Record Label, And Artist, Advice From Pro On When, Why, And How Of Going Beyond DIY

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6360b | Book | $29.95 |


Roma Waterman : The Handbook For Working Singers

Review: The Handbook for Working Singers is an easy-to-understand reference book on vocal training. Whether you are a professional performer, amateur singer or just starting to learn, this book is the ideal reference tool, and a must have for any vocalist aspiring to reach their full potential.

Songlist: Posture, Breathing, Resonance, How to warm up, Live work, Studio work, Choral works, Overcoming stage fright, voice problems and how to fix them... , and much more!

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6854b | Book | $17.95 |


Wayland Pickard : Complete Singer's Guide to Becoming A Working Professional

Review: The purpose of this book isn't to teach you how to sing, but rather to apply your existing vocal skills toward a structured career in a "wild and woolly" business. In this book, Wayland Pickard discusses many topics, such as: - how to get bookings, create your own band, work with an arranger in designing custom charts, communicate with musicians on stage in their vocabulary, move past the technology of singing, find your own individual style, write Do-it-yourself charts, find your key to a song, be your own conductor, be your own personal manager, create no-rehearsal arrangements, find the best performance material, communicate with your audience, stage your own show, master efficient rehearsal technique, create your own demo package, and, in general, discover the reasons why you are NOT working (in this industry).

Songlist: Tempo, Contemporary Music Styles, Basic Music Terminolgy And Definitions, Writing Do-It-Yourself Charts, Head Charts And Conducting, Microphone Technique, Stage Presence, Efficient Rehearsal Technique, Sound, Lights, Costumes & Staging, Lyrics, Finding Your Style, Finding Your Vocal Range, Finding Your Key To A Song, Structuring Your Set, Showcasing, Auditioning & Touring, Resources For Singers, Creating Demo Packages, Producing Your Own Show, Promotion And Success, How To Guarantee Failure!, Psychology Of Performance, A Philosophy Of Music

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1172b | Book | $29.95 |


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