Assessing vocal damage and promoting vocal hygiene in college music major freshmen

Cecilia C James, Tennessee State University


The purpose of this study is to assess vocal damage and promote vocal hygiene among entering music major college freshmen. Incorrect speaking and singing techniques and proper vocal techniques will be introduced. Different types of issues involving improper vocal techniques such as nodules, blisters, and collapsed vocal cords will be addressed. The anatomy of the larynx and other parts of the vocal anatomy will be explained throughout this research project. Proper and improper vocal techniques will be highlighted along with methods about how to reverse the problems caused by incorrect singing. This research will provide data from entering freshmen in the Tennessee State University music department. A survey will be conducted with participation from college freshmen who are music majors. The survey will include self evaluation by the participants. The identity of each of the participants will remain confidential. Common problems among vocalists will be identified and solutions suggested. Overall, this study will heighten awareness for teachers, students, and individuals concerning the need for daily maintenance with regard to general speaking and singing.

Subject Area

Music education

Recommended Citation

Cecilia C James, "Assessing vocal damage and promoting vocal hygiene in college music major freshmen" (2011). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1502625.