This manual is intended for amateur adult singers or future professional singers.
The objectives are:
- rigorous and systematic training in intonation and the main musical languages \u200b\u200bencountered in the vocal repertoire (tonality, modality, atonality, serialism ...),
- a complete rhythmic training focused on the specificities of vocal music (prosody in different languages, types of vocal and instrumental writing),
- an introduction to the main tools of analysis (phraseology, tonal and harmonic analysis, structures and forms ...),
- an immersion in the culture of the specific repertoire of singing (vocal genres, interpretation practices, styles and varied periods).
The progression is fast and allows the student to deepen the activities carried out in class, thanks to:
- to the texts of the repertoire proposed with their accompaniment,
- synthetic and precise theoretical insets,
- application exercises.
Three volumes corresponding to the three cycles of a complete training are planned.
Each volume is divided into four complementary sections - the sections must be addressed simultaneously, with the progression being able to coincide from section to section.
- Presentation of the rhythms,
- Memorization (recognition and reading),
- rhythmic reading on onomatopoeia,
- Rhythmic prosody (texts of the repertoire) with a French, German, Italian, English or Russian text,
- Complete reading with rhythms and lyrics (without accompaniment),
- Creativity: invention of a rhythm on a proposed literary text.
2. Intonation and Reading
- Intonation exercises to read and sing, then to write and to sing,
- Intervals to read and to sing (by varying the keys, the armors, the accidental alterations, the rhythms ...),
- Excerpts from the repertoire allowing the direct practice of intonation work.
3. Harmony and Improvisation
The main agreements are first presented theoretically, in connection with the work on intervals.
Then improvisation and then writing are offered different exercises such as obstinate bass, improvised counterpoint or musical phrases, all related to a style or an author.
4. Analysis and Interpretation
- Presentation of the scale and selection of vocalises allowing the setting in voice and in ear, for the purpose of deciphering.
-Questions of analysis and style leading to a thorough reading of the text to be interpreted.
- Musical text from the great repertoire (melody, opera, religious music ...) with its piano accompaniment.