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Analytical Aspects in Children’s Performance of Music from Memory

Performing the Remembered Present : The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Performance and piano pedagogy studies This case study deals with analytical and gestural aspects of children’s performance from memory. Three pianists, all aged ten, studied a piece they had neither played nor heard...

Especially for schools

Sheila Jackson

Sheila Jackson, a designer in television for many years, was responsible for the costumes of the now classic series Upstairs, Downstairs. A former teacher she was ideally placed to offer advice on the costume problems which arise in all kinds of production, advice she shared in Costumes for the Stage (1978, 2001) and More Costumes for the Stage (1998). She lived in Camden Town, London, her garden providing the inspiration for her 1994 book Blooming Small: A City Dweller’s Garden. She died in 2011, one month shy of her 89th birthday. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Costumes for the Stage : A complete handbook for every kind of play

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2001

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...Costumes for school plays must necessarily be of a simple nature, and it is better so, for too elaborate a costume can very easily swamp a child’s performance. The costumes should encourage and emphasize the enthusiastic liveliness of young...
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...Brains are sizzling in the seventh grade...The first day of seventh grade is probably the worst day of Duncan Dougal's life. He knows that things are really bad when he finds an alien's hand in a Dumpster and then gets plugged into an alien...
...Advocating for the state of arts funding is not new in Canada, but there seems to be a renewed sense of urgency. We recognize a change in the way we value and talk about theatre, applied and otherwise. As noted by dramaturg and writer...

Expressivity: tennis balls and more

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] We are now at a place in our vocal development where we need to start freeing up expressivity – releasing the voice to let it play. Expressivity is fully sounding the voice with all its qualities,...

If I weren’t breathing, I’d be dead

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] Breathing is both the easiest and hardest task for an actor to master. When I first introduce the concept of breath for speech, no matter the age group, I get a response something like this: “But...

Protecting the jewels

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] You only get one voice in your life. If it breaks, you can’t go out and buy a new one. So you must know how to care for it to ensure that it lasts a lifetime. You now need to learn to “protect...

My voice is a trumpet?

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] How do you know the difference between the sound of a violin, a cello and a stand-up bass? What is it about the quality of the sound that identifies each instrument? How would you describe...

My personal warm-up

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] By now you have learned that the body and voice exercises you do are crucial, because they make your instrument ready to do the work. You are physically and vocally open, your muscles have been...

I hate my voice

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] Before we begin actual work on our voice, let’s get to know and understand our own voices a little better. When I ask students to describe their voices, often I hear this: “I hate my voice! When I...