Change in messa di voce characteristics during 3 years of classical singing training at the tertiary level

Sam Ferguson*, Dianna T. Kenny, Helen F. Mitchell, Maree Ryan, Densil Cabrera

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    Abstract

    A 3-year longitudinal study was conducted to investigate changes in vocal quality as a result of singing training at a tertiary level conservatorium in Australia. Singers performed a messa di voce (MDV) at intervals of 6 months over the 3-year period of training. The study investigated the evolving acoustic features of the singers' voices exhibited during the MDV, including sound pressure level (SPL), short-term energy ratio (STER), duration, and vibrato parameters of the fundamental frequency (F0), SPL, and STER. The maximum SPL exhibited a marginal systematic increase over the training period, but the maximum STER did not systematically change. F0 vibrato extent increased significantly, whereas the extent of SPL and STER vibrato did not change significantly.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number523
    Pages (from-to)e.35-e.48
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Voice
    Volume27
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

    Keywords

    • Longitudinal
    • Messa di voce
    • Singing
    • Vibrato

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