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Alan Gumm

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Alan Gumm

Alan Gumm is professor of music education at Central Michigan University, where his responsibilities include Women's Chorus, music education methods, choral literature, graduate research, and student teacher observation. He is the author of the books Making More Sense of How to Sing and Music Teaching Style, editor and contributing author to The Choral Director's Cookbook, and contributing author to The Music Director's Cookbook, all published by Meredith Music. His research and writing can be found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Choral Journal, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the Southeastern Journal of Music Education.

Dr. Gumm's previous experiences include public school choral and general music teaching in Kansas and higher education teaching at the University of Utah, Ithaca College in New York, and McPherson College in Kansas. His conducting experience includes many U.S. and European choir tours, and he was the founding conductor of the McPherson Chamber Orchestra. He has led many choral clinics for choirs of all ages and helped prepare Barbershop choruses and quartets, including helping propel the MountainTown Singers to international competition in 2008. Gumm has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching excellence. He holds a doctor of philosophy from the University of Utah, a master of music from Fort Hays State University, and a bachelor of arts from McPherson College. He is a member of American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Society for Research in Music Education, and Society for Music Teacher Education.

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Alan Gumm : Making More Sense of How to Sing

Review: This book reveals how anybody can learn to sing and how any voice teacher or choral conductor can get anybody to sing, and keep making breakthroughs in singing. With multi-sensory techniques to match and build learning strengths, this book is for any singer from the rank beginner - including those thought to lack the ability - to the experienced and mature singer. Whether for self-guided, teacher-guided, or conductor-guided learning situations, this unique collection of exercises wakes up the senses for amazing results.

Songlist: Table and Figures, Preface, Acknowledgments, Introduction, Breath Energy that Supports the Vocal Tone, Posture, Abdominal Breathing, Accurate, Relaxed, and Vibrant Vocal Tone, Acoustics: Frequency, Pitch Accuracy, Lower Larynx, Vocal Registers, Focused, Lifted, and Resonant Tone, Acoustics: Timbre and Harmonics, Raised and Open Soft Palate, Projection and Release of Sound, Acoustics: Amplitude, Moving Sound Beyond the Resonators, Freedom of Articulators from Other Functions, Clear and Distinct Vowels, Putting it All Together, References

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5481b | Book $34.95 add item to cart Vocal Pedagogy


Alan Gumm : The Choral Director's Cookbook

Review: This valuable collection of quick-to-read yet deeply insightful strategies is like finding expert trade secrets from around the world all placed in one easy source. With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership, and teaching, the 57 authors provide their favorite "recipes" that range from overviews of successful programs to specific topics that will inspire all levels and types of choirs. The directors include Ronald Boender, Simon Carrington, Rollo A. Dilworth, Mary Goetz, Henry Leck, Diane Loomer, Weston Noble, Paris Rutherford, Z. Randall Stroope and many, many others.

Songlist: Foreword, Acknowledgments , About the Authors, The Choral Gourmet: Music Selection and Presentation , A Cappella Vocal Jazz in Eight-Part Harmony, Pedagogical Pie , Does Your Verbal Feedback Nurture or Starve Your Students? Food for Thought, Increased Individual Learning in the Ensemble Setting through Problem Solving, It's All in the Ingredients: Considerations for Choosing Repertoire , Tasting the Text: The Missing Ingredient, Putting the Zest Back Into Intonation: Alternatives to Simmering or Stewing in the Choral Rehearsal , Invitation Etiquette: The Do's of Building Choral Participation , Kinesthetics and Movement in the Choral Rehearsal, Diction al Dente: Preparing Texts "To Taste", Learning About Music While Learning the Music, Vowel Modification for a Resonant and Healthy Tone, Enhancement of Choir Sound through Ensemble Spacing , A Recipe for Sight-Singing Success, How to Get Your Ensemble to Make M.U.S.I.C., Soup & Salad: Improving Sight-Singing in Two Directions, Table of Acceptable Substitutes: Turning Score Terminology into Expressions, Eight Essential Ingredients for Preparing Choirs for Performance , Stocking the Shelves for a Full Cupboard of Vowels, Spice Up Your Warm-Ups, Old-Fashioned Learning-Tree Stew: Good for Building Honor, Respect, and Self-Esteem, Leaven to Counteract Loafing: Developing a Self-Responsible and Collaborative Choir, Turning Thoughts Into Words: Writing to and with Your Choir, Superior Stew: How to Achieve Top Ratings at Choral Festivals , Preparing the Mind, Preparing the Ear: Developing Subvocalization Skill to Improve Intonation, Choir Curry: Seasoning for Success, The Wonderful World of Rounds: Incorporating Rounds into the Choral Rehearsal , A Smorgasboard of Choral Color and Sound through Artistic Visualization , Creating a Men's Choir in an SATB Town, Using a Modified Music Staff to Decode Pitch Notation , How to Saute a Fugue, Score Study: A Recipe for Success, Podium Freedom, Voix Inspiree Souffle: Developing the Individual Voice Within the Ensemble , Add More Cooks to the Kitchen: Exploring Critical Analysis and Aesthetic Perception through Expressive Listening , Singers in Motion, or Stirring Up Your Rehearsals , Salsa Musica: Solo and Ensemble Latin-Style Improvisation , Breath, Space, Focus: Choral Tone Supreme, Tasty Morsels: Using the Internet to Spice Up Your Programs, Build a Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges: Programming to Make Connections, Bringing the Lyric to Life in Vocal Jazz, Tapas: Balanced Vocal and Musical Nourishment for Young Singers, A Well-Balanced Meal: Thoughts for Healthy Programming , Rehearsal Appetizers: Three Musical Skills to Tempt Your Rehearsal Tastebuds, Teacher Behaviors that Stimulate Student Motivation , It Only Takes a Spark... To Get a "Choi-r" Go-ing, A Children's Choir Recipe for Success, The Perfect Blend: Every Choir Director's Dream and Goal, First Rehearsal: Setting the Tone of an Expressive "Ensemble", Do Not Be Deflected From Your Course, The Oochy-Goo Express: A Recipe for Relaxed Breathing, Growing Pains: The Trials, Tribulations, and Eventual Success of a Recovering Perfectionist , Savories, Spices, and Sweets: Programming Considerations in an Increasingly Diverse Culture , Making a Section Rehearsal Successful, Serving Up the Text, Easy-Bake Score Study: A Simple Recipe for All Occasions

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Leaven to Counteract Loafing: Developing a Self-Responsible and Collaborative ChoirAlan J. GummAlan GummThe Choral Director's CookbookBookMORE DETAILS

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