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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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Exploring Eminent Perspectives

Exploring Eminent Perspectives

(p.133) Chapter 5 Exploring Eminent Perspectives
Thinking Outside the Voice Box

Bridget Sweet

Oxford University Press

To better understand the larger scope of voice classification systems and other foundational ideas in choral music education, the chapter explores some of the most eminent works in the profession by Emil Behnke and Lennox Browne, Duncan McKenzie, Irvin Cooper and Karl O. Kuersteiner, Richard Luchsinger and Godfrey E. Arnold, Frederick J. Swanson, John Cooksey, and Lynne Gackle. Such examination shows how cornerstone ideas have been fostered and how varying perspectives influenced the creation of new frameworks for working with changing voices. Also revealed is the deep dedication to certain beliefs about adolescent voices over the years. The chapter challenges choral educators to consider voice classification systems more as guidelines for helping teachers assist singers through voice change than as steadfast stages through which all voices pass. The systems are best utilized as supporting tools to help guide the process of voice change rather than label adolescent singers’ changing voices.

Keywords:   choral music education, voice classification systems, history, eminence, guidelines, female voice change, male voice change, research, belief systems, teaching practice

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