Register Unification in Light of Twentieth-Century Vocal Pedagogy

Register Unification in Light of Twentieth-Century Vocal Pedagogy

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Date: August 2003
Creator: Tan, Haidee Lynn C.
Description: The registers of the singing voice, as commonly understood by singers, refer to the different vocal qualities induced by adjustments at the level of the larynx and of the vocal tract. This explains why register unification can be approached either one or a combination of the following procedures: (1) resonance alignment through vowel modification, (2) register alignment through intensity exercises. The wide-spread acceptance of vowel modification has made singers reluctant in exploring other avenues of register development. If registers are laryngeally derived, there should be another way of register unification, which directly addresses the coordination of the laryngeal muscles. In support of this argument, this thesis investigates the teaching practices of a group of twentieth-century American voice teachers, who rely on intensity manipulation as the primary means for enhancing the register adjustments. Intensity exercises such as the messa di voce has long been practiced in historical pedagogy, but it is not until now that voice science confirmed its significance in register coordination.
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[Singing along]

[Singing along]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of a group of young adults seated around a gentleman playing guitar and singing along with him. The envelope containing the negative is annotated "stir-off".
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[Group singing]

[Group singing]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of a group of young men and woman standing in a semicircle singing together while four musicians are visible. Two men play guitar on the left of the photograph while a man plays mandolin and another plays fiddle on the right.
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[Group singing at stir-off]

[Group singing at stir-off]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of a group of young adults singing together. There is a man leaning on, and looking into the eyes of, a young woman in the center of the photograph.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
[Singing along]

[Singing along]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of a seated group of young adults singing together in front of a man who is playing guitar.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections