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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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Early and Late Bloomers

Early and Late Bloomers

(p.175) 56 Early and Late Bloomers
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on singers who are considered early bloomers or late bloomers. Chronological age is not a reliable indicator of vocal maturity. A widely held opinion is that the college-age singer is a very young singer, and that serious vocal development lies only in the future. College-age instruction is thus seen as a kind of holding operation until the voice “grows up.” In reality, a large number of professional careers were begun within this very age group. “Protective teaching” is detrimental to true vocal development. There are many ways to produce bad vocalism and undersinging is one of them. The singing voice depends on proper airflow, subglottic pressure, and vocal-fold activity. Females are frequently early bloomers and males late bloomers, although there are exceptions. Both vocal teacher and student have to keep in mind that vocal maturation, chronological age, and professional potential do not always mesh.

Keywords:   vocal maturity, singer, vocal development, protective teaching, vocalism, undersinging, singing voice, vocal teacher, chronological age, singing

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