RESOURCES

There are many books on vocal pedagogy.  Some good and some not-so-good. Some have interesting ideas and other parts that can be questionable.  I present these books as ones I have read and consult from time to time.  This is not a comprehensive list, by any means, but some that you might find interesting to peruse.


  • Singing, the Mechanism and the Technic by William Vennard (This was my text book in grad school at the University of Southern California and the foundation to the physiology of singing.)
  • The Science of the Singing Voice by Johan Sundberg
  • The Structure of Singing; Solutions for Singers; The Art of Singing; Securing the Bass-Baritone and Bass Voices; Training the Tenor Voice; Training Soprano Voices by Richard Miller
  • Bel Canto by Richard Stark
  • Singing, the Physical Nature of the Vocal OrganA guide to unlocking of the Singing Voice” by Frederick Husler, translated from German by Yvonne Rodd-Marling
  • The Odyssey of the Voice by Jean Abitbol
  • The Functional Unity of the Singing Voice by Barbara Doscher
  • The Art of Singing; The Teaching of the Classical Italian Song-Schools by Lucie Manén
  • How to Sing by Lilli Lehman
  • Singing and Teaching Singing, A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice by Janice Chapman
  • Basics of Vocal Pedagogy by Clifton Ware
  • Diagnosis of Vocal Faults by James McKinney
  • Discover your Voice by Oren Brown
  • Lamperti’s Vocal Wisdom by Wm. Earl Brown
  • Complete Treatise: The Art of Singing by Manuel Garcia
  • Caruso’s Method of Voice Production by Mario Marafioti
  • Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing by Caruso and Tetrazzini

Reccomended books on Art Songs:

Hugo Wolf:

  • The Songs of Hugo Wolf by Eric Sams
  • Hugo Wolf by Ernest Newman

Franz Schubert:

  • Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs by Graham Johnson
  • Schubert’s Songs by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Book of Lieder (Translations) by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • The Schubert Song Companion by John Reed
  • Schubert Song Cycles by Gerald Moore

German Lieder:

  • More than Singing by Lotte Lehmann
  • 18 Song Cycles by Lotte Lehmann

Robert Schumann:

  • A Poet’s Love (Schumann) by Gerald Moore
  • Singing Schumann by Richard Miller
  • Robert Schumann by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Singer and Accompanist by Gerald Moore
  • Songs of Robert Schumann by Eric Sams

Richard Strauss:

  • Lieder of Richard Strauss by Alan Jefferson

French Song:

  • Interpretation of French Song by Pierre Bernac
  • French Song Companion by Graham Johnson

Gabriel Fauré:

  • Interpretation of Songs of Fauré byRobert Gartside
  • Gabriele Fauré: Songs and their Poets by Graham Johnson

Francis Poulenc:

  • Francis Poulenc: The Man and His Songs by Pierre Bernac