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Thinking Outside the Voice BoxAdolescent Voice Change in Music Education$
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Bridget Sweet

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190916374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190916374.001.0001

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Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology

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(p.39) Chapter 2 Anatomy and Physiology
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Thinking Outside the Voice Box
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Bridget Sweet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190916374.003.0003

The chapter describes how an understanding of the way the voice operates can empower both female and male adolescent singers as well as the teachers assisting them through the voice change process. It unpacks basic vocal anatomy and physiology, and then overlays physiological transformations that occur in the larynx during female and male voice change. A special section addresses the impact of hormones on the adolescent voice (especially for females) and promotes awareness of premenstrual vocal syndrome. The chapter encourages music educators to frequently discuss and reference vocal anatomy and physiology with adolescent singers in order to demystify vocal challenges and dispel myths and misunderstandings about how the voice and body function.

Keywords:   vocal anatomy, physiology, larynx, vocal folds, premenstrual vocal syndrome, hormones, respiratory system, female voice change

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