Young Singers and Vocal Health There are many vocal challenges for the school-aged singer. The most obvious problems are secondary to voice changes during puberty, particularly for young males. As their vocal folds grow to over twice their original length (4 mm to 11 mm), young male singers have to cope with their voices ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2002
Young Singers and Vocal Health
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  • Kate A. Emerich
    Gould Voice Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, National Center for Voice and Speech, Denver, CO
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Article   |   July 01, 2002
Young Singers and Vocal Health
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2002, Vol. 12, 26-27. doi:10.1044/vvd12.2.26
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2002, Vol. 12, 26-27. doi:10.1044/vvd12.2.26
There are many vocal challenges for the school-aged singer. The most obvious problems are secondary to voice changes during puberty, particularly for young males. As their vocal folds grow to over twice their original length (4 mm to 11 mm), young male singers have to cope with their voices cracking and a constant variability of production, as well as having to adjust to the sound of their new low speaking and singing voice. There may be a resistance to allow the voice to drop in pitch and crack during this time, but that is a necessary process. Young female singers often present with a breathy vocal quality that may be secondary to a posterior glottal chink or the underdevelopment of the lamina propria/vocal ligament. They may compensate with extralaryngeal musculature to clear up the breathy quality, which may increase the contact forces of the vocal folds and elevate the risk for injury to the vocal fold tissue.
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