Lee Music Professor Has Vocal Instruction Book Published

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - by Britain Miethe, Lee University
Tony Deaton
Tony Deaton

Tony Deaton, associate professor of music at Lee University, had his book published, titled, “Stop! Look! Listen! A Practical Guide to Vocal Technique and Performance.” 

Mr. Deaton’s book addresses the challenges of vocal technique and performance with simple instruction. His goal is to paint the picture of song through familiar quotations. This book is recommended for all levels of vocal development, from beginner to professional.

“I’ve always been fascinated with vocal instruction, but sometimes there is just too much confusion and jargon involved,” said Mr. Deaton. “I wanted to make the material easier to read and comprehend while maintaining the respect vocal instruction deserves.”

Mr. Deaton joined the faculty of Lee’s School of Music in 1996. He received his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Tennessee where he studied with the renowned Edward Zambara, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Lee College as a voice student of Jim Burns.

Mr. Deaton has worked with an impressive list of artists such as Gian Carlo Menotti, Carlisle Floyd, Robert Ward, Bodo Igesz, and Marni Nixon, among others, and has performed numerous times on public and commercial radio and television.

Mr. Deaton has distinguished himself as an exceptional teacher. Many of his students have placed first in state and regional vocal competitions including National Association of Teachers of Singing, Tennessee Music Teachers Association and the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Mr. Deaton also conducts master-classes, serves as a voice adjudicator, and continues an active performance schedule.

He is married to Suzy Venable Deaton and is the proud grandfather of two grandsons, Spencer and Andy. 

“Stop! Look! Listen!” is available for purchase at https://www.createspace.com/4106410.


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