We need more education for our Contemporary Singers. Now.

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This small Polish study has highlighted a very big problem. It found that over 20% of it’s students had vocal damage before they started training at its High School of Music. That’s huge.

The study focused on the vocal health of the singing students as they entered a more vigorous training schedule, and it really addresses the training shortfall to our young gifted singers.

Here’s some more things the article highlights.

  • Contemporary singers are more likely to be trained by teachers who are classically trained not contemporary
  • There are less opportunities to be trained in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM)than in Classical Style
  • There’s a significant shortfall in research in CCM
  • There’s a marked variety of singing styles that fall under the category of CCM

Looking at the results (although this is a small study of just 45 students) this is what they found.

  • A total of 22% of students had nodules
  • another 9% had reflux
  • A total of 64% had supraglottic activity with compression of supraglottic structures (“Despite this, the students assessed their speaking and singing voice as normal…They believed that their voice was healthy and strong enough to start vocal training”)
  • 7% had irregular vocal fold movement
  • and 33% had phase asymmetry
  • 31% had incomplete glottal closure

The authors highlight some suggestions:

  • We need more schools with popular singing training
  • Singing teachers need to be prepared for teaching students after vocal injuries
  • Speaking voice training is just as important to avoid vocal trauma or more care about vocal hygiene with vocal rest

What do you think? Is this a fair representation of other Music Schools? How much training do Classical Singers get compared to Contempory Singers?

Contemporary Commercial Music Singing Students — Voice Quality and Vocal Function at the Beginning of Singing Training. Ewelina M. Sielska-Badurek. Maria Sobol, Katarzyna Olszowska, and Kazimierz Niemeczyk.

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