Establishing Healthy Chest Register in Child Singers Historically, teaching children to utilize their chest voice in singing has been actively discouraged. These admonitions arise from assumed rather than scientifically based conclusions regarding the anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults. Chest voice singing is both an enjoyable and functional activity for children. The general lack of ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2014
Establishing Healthy Chest Register in Child Singers
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  • Barbara M. Wilson Arboleda
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
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Article   |   July 01, 2014
Establishing Healthy Chest Register in Child Singers
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2014, Vol. 24, 87-93. doi:10.1044/vvd24.2.87
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2014, Vol. 24, 87-93. doi:10.1044/vvd24.2.87

Historically, teaching children to utilize their chest voice in singing has been actively discouraged. These admonitions arise from assumed rather than scientifically based conclusions regarding the anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults. Chest voice singing is both an enjoyable and functional activity for children. The general lack of distinction children have between speaking and singing and their readiness to incorporate new motor patterns—for better or worse—make them ideally suited for age-appropriate training. In this article, the controversy regarding children's use of chest register will be reviewed along with relevant information about anatomy and physiology. Updated information regarding the impact of training on children will be illuminated and a framework for implementing chest voice training will be presented.

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