Laryngeal Tension in Adolescent Choral Singing

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Donald A. Hodges, Professor Emeritus (Creator)
Celia R Hooper, Dean, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: For years there has been speculation about whether singing in varying vocal styles may cause more tension in the voice. The subject of adolescent voice and the consequences of excess tension over a prolonged period have not been thoroughly examined. Examining adolescent vocal folds in motion while singing in varying styles can provide useful information to choral directors, voice teachers, and speech-language pathologists in regard to vocal health at this stage of development. Therefore, we investigated whether adolescent choral singers experienced differences in laryngeal tension in three different singing styles--traditional choral, music theater, and gospel.

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Journal of Singing, 69(4), 403-411
Language: English
Date: 2013
Vocal health, Singing, Adolescents, Laryngeal tension

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