A Systematic Approach to Voice: The Art of Studio Application is a professional resource presenting a framework for the integration of science-informed principles of voice production and pedagogical application in the training of singers. Author Dr. Kari Ragan has spent years using this organizational template of the five voice systems—respiration, phonation, registration, articulation, and resonance—to identify technical challenges and design corrective vocal exercises in order to facilitate efficient singing.
Each of the voice system chapters contains a brief overview of the mechanics as well as key points for teachers, or “teacher takeaways.” The book’s core offering is vocal exercises which, framed within a systematic approach, provide strategies for the art of studio application. The intent is an approach that leads to technically proficient singing working in service of great artistry.
- Over 85 vocal exercises for studio application framed within a systematic approach for both a CCM and classical aesthetic
- Brief overview of the mechanics of each voice system and relevant “teacher takeaways”
- Extensive discussion on semi-occluded vocal tract (SOVT) exercises
- Introduction of several kinesthetic singing tools
- Eight sample warm-up protocols designed for various levels of singers and both CCM and classical genres
- A PluralPlus companion website with video demonstrations for each vocal exercise and sample warm-up
In this interview with Nicholas Perna, Kari Ragan discusses her approach to voice and vocal pedagogy, along with ways to apply lessons from the book with students of varying levels of experience.
Kari Ragan, DMA, MM, BM, is both an academic and private voice studio teacher. At the University of Washington, Dr. Ragan teaches voice and voice pedagogy, and works in affiliation with the Laryngology program as a singing voice specialist (SVS) to rehabilitate injured singers. She has maintained a thriving independent studio teaching both classical and Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) genres to professional and avocational singers for over thirty-five years. She regularly appears as a workshop and master class clinician, and has presented multiple lectures at prestigious voice conferences.