…is the definitive resource for voice…(It) connects science to…how we develop vocal expression in ourselves and others. Therees Hibbard [University of Nebraska], book review, Choral Journal, 42/3, 2001
Bodymind and Voice: Foundations of Voice Education is like an encyclopedia of voice knowledge and practice. Leon is the principal author, and also co-editor with his friend Dr. Graham Welch, Professor of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom. [Graham also is a world renowned child voice scientist.]
B&V's 18 authors include three ear-nose-throat physicians, an endocrinologist, an allergist-immunologist, a speech pathologist, an audiologist, and 11 experienced teachers of: voice, voice health, choral music education, early childhood music, children’s voices, male/female changing voices, and Alexander Technique.
[For further info & ordering (if you choose to): www.voicecarenetwork.org]
B&V is not a commercially published book (we tried). It was published mainly by two nonprofit organizations, The VoiceCare Network [Dr. Axel Theimer, Executive Director] and the National Center for Voice and Speech [Dr Ingo Titze, Director]. AND, it has been favorably reviewed in journals within the voice professions, and by 'working' singing teachers, choral conductors, and music educators.
. . . most important publication in voice teaching in the last twenty years.
Reid Spencer, actor, singer, voice educator, vocal pedagogy; Canadian Music Educator, Vol. 39/3, 1998
. . . (A human compatible) learning model...encourages optimal education...articulate and intelligent...breadth of information offered....high recommendation.
Debra Greschner, voice/vocal pedagogy; book review, Journal of Singing, Vol. 59/1, 2001
. . . comprehensive . . . quite unlike any other . . . highly recommended . . . practical applications.
Richard Sjoerdsma, voice/vocal pedagogy; book review, Journal of Singing, Vol. 54/5, 1998 [now the Editor]
. . . most 'user friendly' text of its kind I have encountered . . .
Adele Nisbet, voice/vocal pedagogy; Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia; Editor, Australian Voice, 1998
What a wonderful book! . . . the DO THIS exercises evoke . . . much awareness. The images stay with you.
Emily Romney, Voice Department Chairperson, Longy School of Music, Cambridge MA
. . . students relate to (this book) unbelievably. (They) find the bodymind concept fascinating (and) lovingly refer to the course as the 'Bodymind course'.
Marjorie Bennett Stephens, voice/vocal pedagogy; Ohio University
One of my methods students said, 'Having this book is worth all my tuition for four years of college. It answers so many of my questions.'
Judy Roberts, music education, voice; University of Central Arkansas
At various times, Bodymind and Voice has been adopted as the primary textbook for courses in vocal pedagogy, choral conducting, and music education methods. Some of the colleges-universities where adoptions have taken place are:
Appalachain State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, USA
Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
Ohio University, Athens, USA
Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, USA
University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
University of Mississippi, Oxford, USA