2022, Volume 23
Vocal Health and Wellbeing: Behaviours and Confidence in Solo and Choral Classical Singers
AUTHORS: Timothea Lau, Victoria Flood and Helen F. Mitchell
ABSTRACT: All singers require good health to perform and have needs unique to their instrument. Both solo and choral university singing may have an increased vocal load, exacerbating their risk of injury. This study aimed to investigate the vocal health behaviours and confidence of tertiary choral and solo classical singers. Thirty-three singers (F=84.8%, solo=15, choral=18) took part in a questionnaire about voice behaviours, confidence seeking vocal health information and awareness of vocal risks. Solo singers (70%) reported more voice difficulties compared to choral singers (47%). Solo singers dedicated significantly more time to maintaining vocal health (p= 0.03). Both groups had similar confidence in judging vocal health information. All singers struggled to judge poor vocal behaviours and did not have a good grasp of vocal health/hygiene. Solo singers engaged in potentially voice harming behaviours such as long periods of speaking or voice use at work more frequently. Students were unsure where to find reliable sources of vocal health information and how to access health professionals. Future solo and choral training should include education on vocal hygiene and vocal health information to prevent the development of harmful behaviours and reduce the chance of voice disorders.
KEYWORDS: Vocal health, vocal hygiene, solo singers, choral singers, health training
To cite this article:
Lau, T., Flood, V., & Mitchell, H. F. (2022). Vocal Health and Wellbeing: Behaviours and Confidence in Solo and Choral Classical Singers. Australian Voice, 23, 29-38.