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Experiencing the Vocal Break as a Pathway to Healing: A Phenomenological Investigation on Navigating the Passaggio for Novice Singers
by Seda, Daniel A., Ph.D., Sofia University, 2021, 329; 28317045
Abstract (Summary)

Twelve participants described their experiences as they were led through a series of basic vocal exercises through the passaggio or vocal break. These participants had little to no formal vocal training and explored an event called the passaggio, which has been described as a moment of transition between vocal registers. Since many distinctive variables affect the voice, a transpersonal lens was used to aid participants in sharing their experiences in a safe and exploratory manner by exposing the potential for healing, transformation, and personal development. Many of these experiences were revealed to be affective, cognitive, somatic, or anomalous in nature; thus, the data captured during this interpretative phenomenological investigation informs vocological and psychological professionals on the importance of music-based vocal intervention within a transpersonally oriented context. Themes, metathemes, and an interpretative synthesis using the 12 Jungian archetypes created portraits of each participant’s personality through these unique data. Results included physiological, mental, emotional, and spiritual changes including increased anxiety during passaggio navigation. Ideas of conscious evolution and spiritual ascension were witnessed from the natural maturation process that unfolded during the study. These experiences transcended the boundaries of time, space, and identity, leading to a richer transpersonal understanding of the human condition.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elfers, John
Commitee: Morgan, Angel, Verdolini Abbott, Katherine
School: Sofia University
Department: Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Music education, Performing arts education
Keywords: Passaggio, Phenomenology, Psychology, Transpersonal, Vocology, Voice
Publication Number: 28317045
ISBN: 9798569981946
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