Allusions to the vocal art in selected wind instrument pedagogical sources

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Comelek, Barbara Kay Zumwalt
Koriath, Kirby Lawrence, 1941-
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The problem addressed by this study was the search for ways to relate knowledge of wind instrument playing methods to the study of voice. The purpose of the study was to examine historical and contemporary brass and woodwind teaching sources to determine whether allusions to the vocal art were documented by reputable wind teachers.The ninety-one available sources were written between 1545 and 1981, and included books, treatises, periodicals, and other studies written by scholars, musicians, and teachers from Europe, Asia, and North America. Allusions to the vocal art appeared in eighty percent of the sources studied and occurred with nearly equal frequency in brass and woodwind sources.The study revealed both direct and indirect allusions made in reference to such matters as the relationship of wind instruments to voice, breathing and breath control, tone production, facility, and musicianship. Based on the finding that numerous allusions to the vocal art have been documented in wind instrument pedagogical sources, the following conclusions are drawn: 1. A very close relationship exists between the wind instruments and voice. 2. A common body of pedagogical theories may be found in vocal and wind instrument teaching methods. 3. These theories have been used by wind pedagogues to teach wind instruments. 4. A preparatory background in the study of voice and singing methods provides a desirable foundation for the study of wind instrument playing. 5. Many authors, it would appear, assume that the wind instrument student already possesses a functional knowledge of the art of singing.