Electrolaryngographically derived Voice source changes of child and adolescent singers.

Christopher Barlow, David Howard

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    Over the last few decades of the 20th Century there has been considerable research into the voice source of adult singers, and how training the voice affects the voice source of an adult. While there has been some qualitative work done with children, there has, to date, been very little quantitative research into the voice production of children and the effects on the voice source of development, training and sex.
    Children are the most likely demographic group to undertake regular singing or singing training. The authors studied the singing voices of over two hundred male and female trained singers and untrained singers aged 8-18 for differences in voice source according to the parameters of gender, level of vocal training and age. Voices were analysed using Electrolaryngographic measures, with analysis techniques focussing particularly on laryngographically derived vocal fold closed quotient (CQ).
    Results indicated that the voice source production of subjects could be clearly divided into groups according to age, gender and the level of vocal training received. Girls in particular exhibited a significant development of voice source production according to the length of training received, while boys exhibited patterning according to both age (and related pubertal development), and training received. It was concluded that the process of training a young voice has a quantifiable effect upon the singing voice production of the child. It was also concluded that sex differences result in significant differences in voice source production of child and adolescent singers although training male and female children in the same singing style minimises these differences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event6th Pan-European Conference on Voice Science (PEVOC) - Dresden, Germany
    Duration: 1 Jul 20185 Jul 2018


    Conference6th Pan-European Conference on Voice Science (PEVOC)
    Abbreviated titlePEVOC6


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