Books for Singers

Vocal Health

Keep Your Voice Healthy, Brodnitz

The Singer’s Guide to Complete Health, Jahn – Good discussion of the effects of hormones, particularly on the female voice.

The Sinus Sourcebook, Rosin


Practice Skills and Mindset

The Inner Game of Music, Green & Galway

The Performer Prepares, Caldwell

Thinking Body, Dancing Mind, Chungliang & Lynch – It’s easy enough to re-think the exercises for athletics and career advancement.

You Are Your Instrument, Lieberman

A Soprano on Her Head, Ristad

Music for the Joy of It, Judy – The target audience is adult amateur musicians, but it’s an inspiring read for anyone.


Voice Science

Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care, Sataloff

The Science of the Singing Voice, Sundberg

Textbook of Performing Arts Medicine, Sataloff et al

“The Acoustics of the Singing Voice,” Sundberg, Scientific American March 1977


Pedagogy – Books for voice teachers

The Structure of Singing, Miller

English, French, German and Italian Techniques of Singing, Miller

Great Singers on Great Singing, Hines

On Studying Singing, Kagen

The Functional Unity of the Singing Voice, Doscher

“Singing,” The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians


Opera & Art Song

Opera for Dummies, Pogue & Speck

Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for Opera, Dornemann

The Concert Song Companion, Osborne

An Interpretive Guide to Operatic Arias, Singher

Word by Word Translations of Songs and Arias, Part 1 (German and French) is by Coffin, Singer & Delattre; Part 2 (Italian) is by Schoep & Harris

Opera 101, Plotkin


Musical Theater

Voice and the Actor, Berry

Auditioning for the Musical Theatre, Silver

The Complete Singer-Actor, Balk – Great for opera singers as well.



The Singing Voice, Rushmore

A Beginning Singer’s Guide, Davis