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The singing voice – medical and artistic perspectives
The singing voice – medical and artistic perspectives

Author(s): Rodica-Elena Mureşan
Subject(s): Music
Published by: MediaMusica
Keywords: singing voice; vocal tract anatomy; sound production mechanism; phonation

Summary/Abstract: This paper attempts to provide a medical and artistic perspective on the singing voice. It starts from the premise that physicians and singing teachers must share a common goal – understanding the concepts of physics and acoustics involved in voice production, the laws governing the functioning of the vocal tract and the principles that regulate muscle functioning and their adjustment to the phonation requirements and especially to the requirements of the singing voice. The present paper provides an overview of the current knowledge in the field of vocal tract anatomy, sound production mechanism and main characteristics of the sound. These scientific notions are presented in the context of their practical applicability related both to the improvement of phonation and to the maintenance of a healthy vocal tract, which is essential to the professional singing voice. With the same purpose are presented the basic rules of voice hygiene, which besides preventing voice disorders contribute to increased resilience and flexibility of the vocal tract. Given these arguments, the present paper attempts to discover the areas in which science and art can work together in order to refine this instrument, which is the human voice.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 60-70
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English