Title

Vocal Techniques

Type of Submission

Podium Presentation

Keywords

Vocal technique, belt technique, classical technique, vocal health, Estill technique

Abstract

Across the various genres there are three prominent vocal techniques; In terms of vocal health and stamina none of the techniques are distinctly superior. Specifically, this project will discuss the historical background and technical distinction between the Belt and Classical Vocal Techniques while exploring newer vocal practices like the controversial Estill technique. Having thorough knowledge of proper vocal technique, can protect vocal folds from permanent damage and can restore folds that have experienced some already. After reviewing scholarly journal articles, books and interviewing professionals in both the classical and contemporary fields, this paper confirms that there is no perfect genre or even vocal technique; but rather, it depends on how you exercise the instrument that God has given you with wisdom and discretion. Vocal Coach Roger Beale states this: “If you go to sing a classical piece you do not use a belt technique or commercial style; likewise, if you go to sing a contemporary piece you don’t sing in a classical style cuz you’ll hurt yourself.” There are ways to preserve your voice according to vocal coach Roger Beale and instructor Dr. Mark Spencer; allow yourself 8 hours of sleep, hydrate yourself, stay away from young children, wash your hands faithfully, don’t be a teacher in a school and do not talk too much. According to the University of Iowa; teachers are 30 times more likely to experience vocal damage more than any other job in the world. To conclude, it is not in the technique as originally thought; where one achieves vocal health and stamina, as much as it is in the stylistic approach to using the voice wisely across the varying genres.

Faculty Sponsor or Advisor’s Name

Dr. Sandra Yang

Campus Venue

Stevens Student Center, Room 245

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-1-2015 1:40 PM

End Date

4-1-2015 2:00 PM

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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Apr 1st, 1:40 PM Apr 1st, 2:00 PM

Vocal Techniques

Cedarville, OH

Across the various genres there are three prominent vocal techniques; In terms of vocal health and stamina none of the techniques are distinctly superior. Specifically, this project will discuss the historical background and technical distinction between the Belt and Classical Vocal Techniques while exploring newer vocal practices like the controversial Estill technique. Having thorough knowledge of proper vocal technique, can protect vocal folds from permanent damage and can restore folds that have experienced some already. After reviewing scholarly journal articles, books and interviewing professionals in both the classical and contemporary fields, this paper confirms that there is no perfect genre or even vocal technique; but rather, it depends on how you exercise the instrument that God has given you with wisdom and discretion. Vocal Coach Roger Beale states this: “If you go to sing a classical piece you do not use a belt technique or commercial style; likewise, if you go to sing a contemporary piece you don’t sing in a classical style cuz you’ll hurt yourself.” There are ways to preserve your voice according to vocal coach Roger Beale and instructor Dr. Mark Spencer; allow yourself 8 hours of sleep, hydrate yourself, stay away from young children, wash your hands faithfully, don’t be a teacher in a school and do not talk too much. According to the University of Iowa; teachers are 30 times more likely to experience vocal damage more than any other job in the world. To conclude, it is not in the technique as originally thought; where one achieves vocal health and stamina, as much as it is in the stylistic approach to using the voice wisely across the varying genres.