A Survey of Singers: Is Mental Imagery Used in the Conceptualization of Pitch and Vowel?

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Mental imagery is a common theme in research that clarifies how musical thought relates to musical performance. Unfortunately, minimal information exists regarding mental imagery and singers. The purpose of this study was to probe the role, if any, mental imagery plays in the conceptualization of pitch and vowel. By interviewing singers at differing levels of expertise, basic information was obtained about the mental processes used by singers. Through evaluations of the singers' mental processes, it was concluded that 95% of the singers in the study employed mental imagery. All singers described using kinesthetic imagery, while the majority implemented sensory and ... continued below

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Moyer, Karen E. (Karen Elizabeth) December 1992.

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Mental imagery is a common theme in research that clarifies
how musical thought relates to musical performance. Unfortunately,
minimal information exists regarding mental imagery and singers.
The purpose of this study was to probe the role, if any, mental imagery plays in the conceptualization of pitch and vowel. By interviewing singers at differing levels of expertise, basic information was obtained about the mental processes used by singers. Through evaluations of the singers' mental processes, it was concluded that 95% of the singers in the study employed mental imagery. All singers described using kinesthetic imagery, while the majority implemented sensory and auditory imagery. Viso-spatial imagery was implemented among the more experienced singers. The majority of singers also reported: imaging pitch and vowel interactively; imaging from an internal perspective; and utilizing mental rehearsal. Less than half of the singers described using methods other than mental imagery to conceptualize pitch and vowel.

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Moyer, Karen E. (Karen Elizabeth). A Survey of Singers: Is Mental Imagery Used in the Conceptualization of Pitch and Vowel?, thesis, December 1992; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc500626/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .