Exploration of the Perceptions and Management of Voice Use and Care of Three Contemporary Commercial Music Singers.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The study aimed to investigate any regular routines, strategies or exercises used by three contemporary commercial music singers and their purpose. It also investigated if, and how, they monitored and protected their voices and explored the awareness of the role of the speech and language therapist. A qualitative research design involving multiple individual case studies was conducted using semi-structured interviews. The interviews were recorded, transcribed and coded for cross-case analysis. The main results indicated that all the singers used a warm-up, but not a cool-down. Knowledge and adherence to both warm-ups and vocal hygiene varied amongst the participants, being largely dependent on their level of training, past vocal problems and the experience of performing as a professional singer. Perception of voice use and monitoring of both the singing and speaking voice varied. There was little or no awareness of how the speech and language therapist could help the professional singer. The main clinical implications from this study included the need for speech and language therapists to promote their role and enhance awareness of how they can benefit singers, as well as the development of trust by the singer of the speech and language therapy profession.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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