A brief, non-technical work designed to help prospective and beginning students of voice get off on the right foot--not a singing manual. The book takes up the basic physical equipment necessary for professional singing--ear, voice, pitch, rhythm, etc. It presents an intelligent outline of the subjects a budding vocalist would do well to study--music, languages, vocal technique, etc., and maps out various procedures which, if followed, may help a student attain his end successfully. Along with this, Mr. Kagen, who is a member of the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, writes a persuasive chapter on the subject of more people taking up singing not with a career in mind, but for the personal pleasure to be derived therefrom. Mr. Kagen's specific purpose in the opening chapters of the book is to define for the ambitious amateur the basic elements of an acid test which will reveal to him whether he has the natural equipment necessary to make a future professional career at all feasible. This alone makes the book worthwhile and a novelty in the field. This is Vol. IV of the series The Field of Music edited by Ernest Eutcheson, President Emeritus of the Juilliard School of Music in New York.