Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Music educators' opinions regarding vocal attrition and its influence on their teaching methods and effectiveness
by Fry, Mindy Lea, M.M.E., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2009, 87; 1466714
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the possible effects of vocal attrition on the teaching practices of music educators including the possible impact on student learning. Survey participants provided detailed information on educational demographics, vocal health education and personal vocal health experiences. Data indicated that nearly half of the participants "sometimes" experienced vocal attrition, which had increased over their career. Fifty percent of teachers felt that although their ability to communicate with students was sometimes affected, classroom management procedures generally were not compromised. The ability to model proper vocal techniques was frequently impaired by vocal attrition which possibly affected student learning. Most participants specified that they had received vocal hygiene instruction at the undergraduate level but that it had not been adequate for coping with the vocal demands of music education. Areas for further research specific were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Lindsey R.
School: University of Missouri - Kansas City
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education
Publication Number: 1466714
ISBN: 978-1-109-20292-2
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