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Overall Rating: 4
Content Quality : 4
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool : 3
Ease of Use for Students and Faculty : 4
The Singing Voice is a reference site with a broad range of topics related to classical singing technique. The topics include: Anatomy, Castrati, Golden Cords, Health, History, Links, Musicals, NATS Chat, Opera, Pedagogy, Resources, Terminology and What's New. The site includes text, illustrations including 3D reconstructions of vocal anatomy, a link to topics related to singing in the online The New Grove Dictionary of Music, QuickTime audio and video examples, a chat room for singers, links to vocal music, books and other sites related to singing.
Designed primarily as a reference tool, this site was not constructed with specific pedagogical goals by the author but could easily be used in conjunction with assignments such as vocal studio projects, repertory studies and music history research.
Target Student Population(s):
The primary target audience for this site is comprised of classical vocal students, their teachers and vocal scientists.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic web navigational skills required.
Type of Material:
Reference material concerning vocal anatomy, pedagogy, terminology and history. In addition, links provide access to numerous sites of interest to singing enthusiasts, including some commercial links to sources for scores and recordings.
Best used by students in vocal studios, and in performance based classes. Musical theater students and students in pedagogy classes will also find valuable resources here. May also be useful to music history students.
This site requires a standard internet connection and browser.
Evaluation and Observation Highest Rating Possible = 5
Category: Content Quality
Of particular note, the texts and images in the Anatomy section are clearly presented and accurate. This section covers ground not easily found elsewhere. The remainder of the site is primarily links to other sites and resources.
The quality of the content varies due to the wide variety of topics covered on this site. The inclusion of some downright silly links weakens the overall tone of the site and may confuse neophytes. [Note: I guess they did not appreciate my old Singing Pigs page.]
Category: Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The way this site illustrates vocal production would be especially useful to studio and classroom teachers wanting to demonstrate physiology that students can feel but not see.
The absence of a clear pedagogy in the site limits its use as a stand alone learning object. This site would need considerable instructional structure for use with an assignment.
Category: Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is easy to use for both students and teachers.
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