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Title: Aspects of vocal function in male adolescent choristers
Author: Pearce, Daphne Jill
ISNI:       0000 0001 3480 5358
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This study arose from a need to obtain more information on characteristics of vocal function to guide the clinical management of voice problems in pre-pubescent and pubescent choristers. The key aims were: To establish some normative data for male adolescent choristers; To explore the relationship between fundamental frequency and the parameters of chronological age and biometric features; To identify features which may predict vocal maturation. From this information it sought to identify the characteristics of vocal function of male adolescent choristers aged 8 years to 13 years, and to assess the influence of physiological changes and vocal training. The study was designed as a longitudinal study of boys from a Cathedral Choir School. The study group diminished as senior boys left the school. Forty boys were assessed at the outset, thirty of that group after one year, and twenty remaining one year later. The procedure was complex involving the co-ordination of several departments in a NHS hospital as well as the Cathedral Choir School. The protocol included: Lung Function measurements; Biometric and Audiometric Screening; ENT examination; Voice fundamental frequency measurements for a range of tasks using electrolaryngography. In addition the boys completed a lifestyle questionnaire. The relationship between voice fundamental frequency measures derived from a range of materials, is related to biometric data. Issues involved in obtaining these measurements from children and the relevance to clinical management of dysphonia, and to their vocal training are discussed. The results arc presented with reference to any relationships among the parameters. The limitations of the study are identified and discussed. The findings highlight the vast spectrum of vocal behaviours and the importance of evaluating vocal behaviour as well as vocal function.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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