Thursday, December 17, 2009

Botume's "Modern Singing Methods" just released in Bel Canto Masters Series!

John Franklin Botume's groundbreaking book Modern Singing Methods: Their Use and Abuse was released today for publication on our Bel Canto Masters store on Listing on should follow in about a month's time.

Modern Singing Methods: Their Use and AbuseJ.F. Botume was perhaps the first published vocal pedagogue to bridge the substantial gap between the “old Italian” and “modern” schools of voice training. Examining the strengths and weaknesses of the various modern “methods” of singing, Botume shows how scientifically-backed understanding and techniques can be integrated with the traditional bel canto method to prepare professional singers for today’s unique vocal challenges. In this groundbreaking work, Botume also reveals the core principles upon which the “old Italian school” method rested and how their reintroduction today could revitalize modern singing.

“Probably the best summary of the old Italian method offered by any modern teacher is contained in a little booklet by J. Frank Botume, entitled Modern Singing Methods. […] This sums up beautifully the external aspects of the old Italian method, and of modern methods as well.” (David Taylor, Psychology of Singing)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

New Discussion Forum for Bel Canto Masters Study Series

The Pitch Perfect Publishing Company has recently launched a new forum including the Bel Canto Masters Study Series.

The "Bel Canto Masters Study Series" section contains materials and discussion directly pertaining to the series and the books in it.

There are also "Voice Lessons for Teens and Adults" and "Voice Lessons for Children" sections for all discussions pertaining to those subjects.

Please feel free to browse around, ask any questions, and/or give any advice you may have!