Breathing and support are considered cornerstones of a secure vocal technique for classical singing. No area of vocal pedagogy has been more controversial and, despite recent advances in the understanding of how the respiratory system functions, both in speech and song, some breath management strategies for singing continue to be at odds with scientific fact. Furthermore, many singers find the development of these skills a challenge. In this practical, and concise book, Ron Morris, speech pathologist and singer, and Linda Hutchison, singer and singing teacher, introduce Accent Method breathing - a technique that is well grounded in science, as it is based on the structure and function of the respiratory system - and demonstrate with exercises, how it helps develop effective breathing and support in singers. The science and theory is presented in a language that singers and their teachers will easily understand, and the book is written in a style that is both engaging and entertaining.
Ron Morris graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 with a Bachelor of Speech Therapy degree. Honours in Audiology were awarded in 1986. He obtained a Masters of Music Studies degree in vocal performance in 2000 and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music in 2013. Ron has combined a long career (over 25 years) in Speech Therapy and Audiology with work as a professional singer. Dr Morris is Practice Director and Senior Speech Pathologist and Audiologist at Brisbane Speech and Hearing Clinic and has special interest in working with deaf and hearing impaired clients, and with head and neck surgery and voice patients. A recognized expert in the Accent Method of breathing which in voice therapy and singing, Ron is also Lecturer in Vocal Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Ron has contributed to several published works including 'Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice' by Janice Chapman and 'Teaching Singing in the 21st Century' by Scott Harrison and Jessica O'Bryan. Linda Hutchison studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she won the Sydney de Vries Opera prize. As a performer, her operatic career began at the age of fourteen when she sang the role of Belinda in an open air production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. As a result of being heard in the finals of the Kathleen Ferrier Scholarship Competition she was offered a contract with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. She sang with them for several years as principal soprano. In her teaching practice, Linda works with a wide range of professionals from the classical, music theatre and jazz worlds, and was, for several years, a visiting member of staff at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland) and a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. She created and directed a part-time course and third year degree module at the London College of Music and Media which balanced the science of the singing voice with artistic freedom. Linda works extensively in voice, breathing and rehabilitation with a wide range of performers and teachers. She runs performance workshops and gives presentations on the Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice, the Development of the Voice, The Changing Voice, Care of the Voice and The Accent Breathing Method. Her work in voice clinics began in 1997 and she was a member of the internationally renowned Sidcup Voice Clinic at Queen Mary's Hospital in the UK for five years, then part of the team at Medway Voice Clinic, Chatham Maritime Hospital, and for some years singing advisor in the voice clinics at Bart's Hospital, London. She is presently the specialist singing advisor at the Lewisham Voice clinic, UK. A past-President of the British Voice Association, she has also served on the Council of the UK's Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) and is a regular visiting presenter on the AOTOS summer teacher training course where she presents and deals with anatomy and physiology, accent breathing and music theatre. She is an international guest tutor for the Irish College of Music Theatre, the first in Ireland to provide a professional qualification for music theatre.