Voice: Onstage and Off (2nd ed.) , by Robert Barton and Rocco Dal Vera

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  • This article was downloaded by: [Temple University Libraries]On: 17 November 2014, At: 15:18Publisher: RoutledgeInforma Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House,37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK

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    Voice: Onstage and Off (2nd ed.), by Robert Barton andRocco Dal VeraAnne SchillingPublished online: 22 Jul 2013.

    To cite this article: Anne Schilling (2011) Voice: Onstage and Off (2nd ed.), by Robert Barton and Rocco Dal Vera, Voice andSpeech Review, 7:1, 353-354, DOI: 10.1080/23268263.2011.10739575

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    In voice and speech, with a tradition of master teacher as self-contained expert, many dont use a textbook. Voice: Onstage and Off is a powerful argument to question that model. How much more effective could we be if we had a foundational book that allows our students to self tutor, read and practice on their own and then bring their work to the classroom? How many teachers have the breadth of experience and time to cover as wide a range of material as they could with a text like this?

    Few voice books are comprehensive, and almost none merge the many angles of training into a straightforward path. Now, here it is. Actually, here it is again and even better this time. Teachers and students will find this new edition a welcome revision that targets current demands in teaching and training. Various corporate mergers made the first edition of Voice: Onstage and Off occasionally hard to find, especially outside the USA. Routledge has now ac-quired the rights for this fresh edition, which is even more all-inclusive and more international.

    Barton and Dal Vera are among the most influential writers in the field. Between them they have written over a hun-dred articles and published twelve books. Barton: Acting: Onstage and Off, Style for Actors, Acting Reframes, Theatre in Your Life, Life Themes, and A Voice for the Theatre. Dal Vera: Acting in Musical Theatre plus he founded this journal and edited the first three in the series.

    Written in a playful, accessible, yet rigorous voice, the book takes the student through an eight-chapter process of (1) Owning your voice, (2) Healing your voice, (3) Mastering your language, (4) Expanding your voice, (5) Refining your voice, (6) Releasing your other voices, (7) Selecting your system, (8) Your voice future. There is a solid progression from self-awareness through remediation and expansion to long-term planning. And it is eminently adaptable. There is enough material here for 4 years of conservatory train-ing, yet it is flexible enough for an introductory single term or even self-study.

    All approaches to voice are honored, as exemplified through a comparison of the major teaching systems and emerging methodologies, providing a chance to window shop various techniques for further specialization. Teach-ers in training will find it an invaluable resource for their orientation to the field. The website (a particularly excit-ing new feature) includes the full audio text plus individual recordings of exercises, syllabi, rubrics, and a goldmine of support material. Students will love the interactive online activities and expanded dialect/accent resources. IPA is taught from a world-English viewpoint, including more in-depth explanations and details on pronunciation and transcription differences between North American English and UK models. There is even a side-by-side comparison

    Book Review by Anne SchillingVoice: Onstage and Off (2nd ed.), by Robert Barton and Rocco Dal Vera

    Anne Schilling, Assistant Professor, Voice and Speech, Southern Methodist University. Previously taught at California State University-Long Beach, Cincinnatis Col-lege-Conservatory of Music, Ohio University, and in the UK at Guildford School of Acting. Voice, text, and dialect coach for numerous professional productions, in addi-tion to private coaching. Graduated with Distinction in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama and a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. Currently serving on the VASTA Board of Directors. Pub-lications include An Introduction to Coaching Ritualized Lamentation for VSR 2007 and Bringing Lamentation to the Stage for VSR 2009.

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    Book Review by Anne SchillingVoice: Onstage and Off (2nd ed.), by Robert Barton and Rocco Dal Vera

    of General American, Elevated Standard and Received Pronunciation.

    The preface rightly states, The book begins with the read-ers vocal past and ends with their projected future (xxviii). Essentially, this book is an encompassing perspective on all dimensions of voice and speech, and a welcome revision to what was already a voice text staple.

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