Defining 'open throat' through content analysis of experts' pedagogical practices

Helen F. Mitchell, Diana T. Kenny*, Maree Ryan, Pamela J. Davis

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    'Open throat' is a term regularly used in the singing studio, but agreement across pedagogues as to its definition and function has not yet been assessed. Fifteen expert singing pedagogues participated in a qualitative study involving a semi-structured interview to explore current thinking regarding terminology, pedagogy, sound quality and the perceived physiology to achieve open throat, as used in the singing studio. Most teachers included the use of the technique as a fundamental in singing training, and were positive about the sound quality it achieved, especially in classical singing. The purpose of the technique was described as a way of maximizing pharyngeal space and/or achieving abduction of the ventricular folds.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-180
    Number of pages14
    JournalLogopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • Associated physiology
    • Singing pedagogy
    • Sound quality descriptors
    • Terminology


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