Musical Coaching and Vocal Techniques
Herman, Richard J.
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Students often enter the fields of theater and music with fantasies about their future careers as professional artists. Many of these students view their participation in college musicals as extensions of their participation in high school musicals. Some students who participate in musical theatre enter college with coal health problems that range from minor to significant. Many have received no vocal coaching, and self-select music from popular musicals, while disregarding the long-term negative impact on their voices. University faculty members speak to the students who take private voice lessons about appropriate vocal production. Some students do not transfer this knowledge to their singing in ensembles or onstage. The purpose of this quantitative study is to determine the effect of using an outside coal coach on student acquisition of correct vocal technique for musicals, which musicals students have participated in during their pre-college years, and how the selection of musicals on the high school and college level assists in developing the student singer’s perception of appropriate literature for vocal health. Specific research questions to be answered include: 1. Which musicals or songs from musicals have students performed during their pre-college and collegiate training? 2. Do high school and university music educators and private vocal coaches communicate educational and pedagogical goals of musicals to their students? 3. What are the effects of using outside professional coaching on student perceptions of appropriate literature and vocal technique for musical study? Students will complete a survey before working with Dr. Harold Mortimer, an assistant professor of music theatre from Ball State University. Field notes will be completed during the residency, and post-residency interviews will be conducted with students to determine the effect of an outside clinician on student perceptions of vocal health.