Perceptions of the voice-change process: Male adult versus adolescent musicians and nonmusicians

Janice N. Killian

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To examine the changing-voice process, 141 males were interviewed regarding their voice change. Subjects included changing-voice boys (both singers and nonsingers) and men (both singers and nonsingers during time of voice change). Audiotaped interviews were scripted and verbal content analyzed. Results included the following: Boys remembered significantly more about their voice changes than did men. Singers remembered more than nonsingers. Significantly more singers than nonsingers noticed their voice change themselves and indicated that it affected both their singing and speaking. Five of every six interviewees regarded his voice change as a positive experience, but eight times more negative than positive comments were made. Vocabulary was limited to few words and was similar across all groups. Boys used "crack" and men used "break" to describe the sensation; few used musical terminology. Results are discussed in terms of teacher preparation for those working with adolescent boys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-535
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Research in Music Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997


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