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  • Main Title Register Unification in Light of Twentieth-Century Vocal Pedagogy


  • Author: Tan, Haidee Lynn C.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Austin, Stephen F.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Stephen F. Austin ; Major Professor
  • Chair: Miller, Laurel
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Co-Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Lu, Fang Ling
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Fang-Ling Lu ; Minor Professor


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2003-08
  • Digitized: 2003-08-21


  • English


  • Content 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.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Singing -- Instruction and study.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Vocal registers.
  • Keyword: Singing
  • Keyword: voice
  • Keyword: singing-instruction and study


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: unt_strict
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Tan, Haidee Lynn C.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 53893650
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc5527


  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Music
  • Academic Department: College of Music
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas