- Repertoire for the beginning voice student, whether teenager, college student, or adult, always poses a great challenge for the voice teacher because of the varied abilities and backgrounds the students bring to the studio. This series of books for soprano, mezzo-soprano and alto, tenor, and baritone and bass provides a comprehensive collection of songs suitable for first and second year students of any age, but is compiled with the needs of the young singer in mind.
- In general, students' first experiences with songs are crucial to their further development and continued interest. Young people like to sing melodious songs with texts they can easily understand and with accompaniments that support the melodic line. As the student gains more confidence, the melodies, the texts, and the accompaniments can be more challenging. I have found that beginning students have more success with songs that are short. This enables them to overcome the problems of musical accuracy, diction, tone quality, proper technique, and interpretation without being overwhelmed by the length of the song.
- Each book in this series includes English and American songs, spirituals, sacred songs, and an introduction to songs in Italian, German, French and Spanish. Many students study Spanish in the schools today, and most studio volumes do not include songs in this language; therefore, we have included two for each voice type.
- Several songs in the collections have been out of print in recent years, while others have been previously available only in sheet form. Special care has been taken to avoid duplication of a great deal of general material that appears in other frequently used collections. These new volumes, with over thirty songs in each book, are intended to be another viable choice of vocal repertoire at a very affordable price for the teacher and student.
- Each book contains several very easy beginning songs, with the majority of the material rated easy to moderately difficult. A few songs are quite challenging musically, but not strenuous vocally, to appeal to the student who progresses very rapidly and who comes to the studio with a great deal of musical background.
- In general, the songs are short to medium in length. The ranges are very moderate, yet will extend occasionally to the top and the bottom of the typical voice. The majority of the accompaniments are not difficult, and are in keys that should not pose major problems. The variety of texts represented offers many choices for different levels of individual student interest and maturity.
- Across The Western Ocean (Arranged By Celius Dougherty)
- The Bells Of Clermont Town (A. M. Goodhart)
- The Blind Ploughman (Robert Coningsby Clarke)
- Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind (Roger Quilter)
- Blow High, Blow Low (Charles Dibdin)
- Create In Me A Clean Heart (Carl E Mueller)
- Encantadora Maria (Maria, Dear) (Arranged By Edward Kilenyi)
- False Phillis (Old English Melody)
- The Friar Of Orders Gray (William Shield)
- Hor' Ich Das Liedchen Klingen (E'er When I Hear Them Singing) (Robert Schumann)
- Intermezzo (Thine Image Pure) (Robert Schumann)
- Jagdlied (Hunting Song) (Felix Mendelssohn)
- The Jolly Roger (R. Ritchie Robertson)
- The King Of Love My Shepherd Is (Charles Gounod)
- La Paloma Blanca (The White Dove) (Arranged By Edward Kilenyi)
- Le Secret (The Secret) (Gabriel Faure)
- Leave Me, Loathsome Light (George Frideric Handel)
- Let Us Break Bread Together (Arranged By Gordon Myers)
- Lord, I Want To Be A Christian (Arranged By John Payne)
- Lungi Dal Caro Bene (Far From My Love I Languish) (Giuseppe Sarti)
- Next, Winter Comes Slowly (Henry Purcell)
- O Mistress Mine (Roger Quilter)
- On The Road To Mandalay (Oley Speaks)
- The Rovin' Gambler (John Jacob Niles)
- The Sea (Edward Macdowell)
- Sea Moods Mildred (Lund Tyson)
- Shenandoah (Arranged By Celius Dougherty)
- The Splendour Falls (Richard H. Walthew)
- Tally-Ho! (Franco Leoni)
- There Was A Mighty Monarch (Ludwig Van Beethoven)
- Why So Pale And Wan (Thomas Arne)
- Widmung (Dedication) (Robert Franz)
G. Schirmer (13 Nov. 1997)
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