Advocating for change: interdisciplinary voice studies in Australian school education

Diane Hughes, Jean Callaghan

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This chapter outlines the context and motivation behind national advocacy for the introduction of interdisciplinary voice studies in Australian school education. The benefits of singing in schools have been documented since colonial times. At times synonymous with music education, singing is an activity in which all students will participate at some stage during their school life. Associated with school singing and music education have been recurring issues relating to appropriate teacher training and expertise. Contemporaneously, advances in voice science have afforded greater understandings of the vocal mechanism than ever before. Educational policies and curriculum content have not, as yet, incorporated these understandings. Voice studies, progressively implemented in cross-curriculum areas, have the potential to provide the foundation for voice usage, vocal care and vocal health. Interdisciplinary studies may aid communication skills and underpin the development of musicality associated with the singing voice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on teaching singing
Subtitle of host publicationAustralian vocal pedagogues sing their stories
EditorsScott D Harrison
Place of PublicationBowen Hills, Qld.
PublisherAustralian Academic Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781921513732
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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