Voiceworks is a magnificent resource of inspirational handbooks for promoting good singing and healthy vocal development in all kinds of choirs. The series is packed with songs and ideas which are practical, motivating, and accessible. It includes books perfect for everyone, from kindergarten children to adult singing groups. As well as the very best songs to motivate and energize all kinds of singers, the books are packed with practical, empowering guidance for leaders. There's background information on the songs, technical tips, rehearsal suggestions, creative preparatory exercises, and performance suggestions. The text is always constructive, accessible, readable, and brief. Each song in the Voiceworks series is a complete lesson/rehearsal plan in itself, and photocopiable music pages makes Voiceworks excellent value for money.
"Voiceworks is exemplary in its clarity, scope and variety." - Howard Goodall, Ambassador for Singing
"Absolutely brilliant." - Gareth Malone, BBC's 'The Choir'
"The Voiceworks series provides a great resource for young singers in a format that works. The print is large and clear and great attention is given to ideas for teaching and performance. The songs are freely photocopy-able and separate scores are often provided for accompaniment and voices." - Primary Music Today, April 08
"OUP has a winning formula with its Voiceworks series. Each volume is a valuable resource full of attractive songs in a wide variety of styles designed to capture the imagination of young singers. And, if my recent experience of adjudicating school and community choirs at local festivals is anything to go by, children really enjoy performing Voiceworks items . . . A hallmark of the Voiceworks series is that every book is a complete teaching resource with photocopiable pages, excellent teaching notes full of practical help and ideas for learning and performing each item, as well as much sound technical advice on how to encourage children to sing well and enjoy themselves." - Christopher Field, Music Teacher, July 2007
"The Introductions to these books are veritable teaching courses in themselves, and the notes for each song provide an immense amount of preparatory guidance on how to approach it." - Clare Stevens, The Singer, June 07
"What sets this series apart from other singing books is that it gives a wealth of guidance and practical ideas that will help improve singing quality and skills as well as promote enjoyment and progression . . . The compilers have steered away from the 'all sound alike' synthesised recordings and this CD will give leaders a good model to work or learn songs from if required. It will certainly be useful for children to listen to . . . All in all this is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to improve the quality of their class or choir's singing, and to have endless fun doing so." - Primary Music Today, Spring 2004
"The Voiceworks series provides a great resource for young singers in a format that works. The print is large and clear and great attention is given to ideas for teaching and perfomances. The songs are freely photocopy-able and separate scores are often provided for accompaniment and voices." - Ian Shirley, Primary Music Today, September 09
Series Editor Peter Hunt
Peter Hunt has a wide experience of school teaching at primary and seconday levels, and was co-founder of the highly acclaimed Oxfordshire Youth Chamber Choir. From 2000-2002 he was also an Advisory Teacher for the county's vocal strategy. His extensive experience as a choral animateur, workshop leader, conductor, and arranger, and his career in education have contributed directly to his understanding of the needs of young singers.