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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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Male and Female Created He Them

Male and Female Created He Them

77 Male and Female Created He Them
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter comments on gender discrimination in singing. Whether in the lyric theater, the church, or even poetic sources from which much of the song literature is drawn, equality of the sexes is not readily demonstrated. The appropriateness of the liturgical tradition of men-and-boy choirs is itself being currently questioned. No matter how these imbalances eventually may be corrected, there remains one factor of discrimination in the art of singing that no social advance will ever eliminate: the young male singer is physiologically disadvantaged vis-à-vis his female contemporary until his post-adolescent years are over. If one accepts the premise that the male voice experiences a later maturation than does the female, one may feel inclined to argue for delaying vocal study for the young male. It seems that vocal equality among the sexes is not temporally synchronized. Vocal pedagogy must take into account the fact that larynges are created male and female.

Keywords:   gender discrimination, singing, male singer, male voice, vocal equality, vocal pedagogy

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