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BOOKS BY DR. S. S. CURRY
Too much stress can hardly be laid on the author's ground principle, that where a method aims to regulate the modulation of the voice by rules, then inconsistencies and lack of organic coherence begin to take the place of that sense of life which lies at the heart of every true product of art. On the contrary, where vocal expression is studied as a manifestation of the processes of thinking, there results the truer energy of the student's powers and the more natural unity of the complex elements of his expression. -Dr. Lyman Abbott, in The Outlook. PROVINCE OF EXPRESSION. Principles and methods of developing delivery. An introduction to the study of the natural languages, and their relation to art and development. $1.50; to teachers, $1.20, postpaid. MIND AND VOICE. Principles underlying all phases of Vocal Training. The psychological and physiological conditions of tone production and scientific and artistic methods of developing them. 456 pages. $1.50; to teachers, $1.25, postpaid. LESSONS IN VOCAL EXPRESSION. The expressive modulations of the voice developed by studying and training the voice and mind in relation to each other. Eighty-six definite problems. $1.25; to teachers, $1.10, postpaid. IMAGINATION AND DRAMATIC INSTINCT. Function of the imagination and assimilation in the vocal interpretation of literature and speaking. $1.50; to teachers, $1.20, postpaid. VOCAL AND LITERARY INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE. Introduction by Professor Francis G. Peabody, D. D., of Harvard University. 50c net; 60c, postpaid. BROWNING AND THE DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE. Nature and peculiarities of Browning's Poetry. How to understand Browning. The principles involved in rendering the monologue. An introduction to Browning and to dramatic platform art. $1.25; to teachers, $1.10, postpaid. FOUNDATIONS OF EXPRESSION. Fundamentals of a psychological method of training voice, body, and mind and of teaching speaking and reading. 236 problems; 411 choice passages. A thorough and practical textbook for school and college, and for private study. $1.25; to teachers, $1.10, postpaid. CLASSICS FOR VOCAL EXPRESSION. Gems from the best authors for vocal training and interpretation. In use in the foromost high schools and colleges. $1.25; to teachers, $1.10, postpaid. LITTLE CLASSICS FOR ORAL ENGLISH, with Initiative Steps in Vocal Training and Expression. A new method of interesting young people in Literature, as well as of developing their voices and powers of expression. $1.25; to teachers, $1.10, postpaid. SPOKEN ENGLISH. A method of Improving Speech and Reading by Studying Voice Conditions and Modulations in Union with their Causes in Thinking and Feeling.
EXPRESSION COMPANY 308 Pierce Bldg., Copley Sq., Boston, Mass.
A METHOD OF IMPROVING SPEECH AND READ-
CAUSES IN THINKING AND FEELING
S. S. CURRY, PH.D., LITT. D.
President of the School of Expression
308 Pierce Bldg., Copley Square
AN INITIATORY WORD During recent years greater interest than ever before has been awakened to the importance of Written English. Spoken English, however, for the most part, is still either entirely neglected or else taught by mechanical, imitative and artificial methods.
Dr. Charles W. Eliot once remarked: “The primary characteristic of an educated man is his ability to speak and to write his own language with efficiency." We learn to speak before we learn to write, and the way we speak in every-day conversation is the basis of our style in writing. Hence, when rightly considered, correct speaking is at least as necessary to the proper use of our own language as writing, and must be ever regarded as a fundamental part of education.
This book is an endeavor to furnish such methods for the development of Spoken English as will parallel the work of Written English during the last years of the Grammar or the first years of the High School or Normal School; and to furnish hints upon the problem of teaching reading and of improving the voice.
The teaching of the right use of the voice and of all phases of spoken English demands primarily insight into mental and emotional conditions. In writing there is something objective for the teacher to mark, something external that the student himself can see, and well-settled rules of grammar to be obeyed. In spoken English, however, rules cannot be laid down except for such mere grammatical aspects as are common to both writing and speaking.
Spoken English is a psychological problem. To regard reading and speaking as a mere matter of correct pronunciation or obedience to certain rules of grammar is to misconceive the nature of expression.
The problem primarily concerns thinking; in fact, right vocal expression requires imagination and feeling, and the harmonious awakening of all man's power and the unity of his experiences. The modulations of the voice perform a distinct function.