Curating a library of insightful and inspirational books is one of the best things you can do for your career. There are books written on every aspect of a singer’s life and career – some to inform, some to instruct, some to inspire, some to entertain.
Below are some recommendations on books that I have found helpful that you might want to add to your library.
And if you have any books that are “must-haves” for you, drop them in the comments!
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This used to be the definitive text on the mechanical workings of the voice. And I believe it still is although there are several more recent texts on vocal science.
This book is a classic and worth having on your shelf.
(Buy it used! It’s much cheaper!)
David Jones is a very well-respected New York City voice teacher who has a great blog with insights on all things vocal technique. This is a great text, very easy to read and included vocal exercises that you can do to soldify the concepts he talks about.
This has been a very popular text for vocal technique in the CCM styles. There is an accompanying book called The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer which gives lots of vocal exercises to solidify the concepts.
This book by New York City Voice Teacher, Claudia Friedlander, dicusses vocal anatomy and technique and how physical training can enhance your singing.
If you want to make an impression in your performance in musical theatre, this is the book you need. And even though it is specifically for musical theatre performers, there are some wonderful tips applicable to opera singers too.
Whereas the previous book was specifically for musical theatre, this book is all about acting in opera. Leon Major was the artistic director of the Maryland Opera Studio and also an acclaimed opera director at companies like New York City Opera.
For classical singers, this is a must-have! There are wonderful and in-depth explanations of the performance practices of almost every genre of classical music – from Baroque to Lieder to Bel canto to 20th Century Nationalistic styles.
This book covers it all – Part I, Artful Practice, describes strategies to interpret and memorize compositions, fuel motivation, collaborate, and more. Part II, Fearless Performance, lifts the lid on the hidden causes of nervousness and shows how musicians can become confident performers. Part III, Lifelong Creativity, surveys tactics to prevent music-related injuries and equips musicians to tap their own innate creativity.
While this book is mainly geared toward those musicians in a recording/performing career, there is some fantastic advice about how to navigate in the financial and networking side of things.
This is an excellent guide on all things music business and how to set yourself up as the entrepreneur you need to be.
This is a great book! Fear can be our greatest enemy and our greatest motivator. Susan Jeffers covers it all!
Mindset is everything when you want to be a performer. Carol S. Dweck is the preiminent expert on mindset and this book will give you the tools to make sure that you live within a growth mindset.