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Long-Term Average Spectra From a Youth Choir Singing in Three Vocal Registers and Two Dynamic Levels
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3362-7518
2012 (English)In: Journal of Voice, ISSN 0892-1997, E-ISSN 1557-8658, Vol. 26, no 1, 30-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives/HypothesisFew studies have reported the acoustic characteristics of youth choirs. In addition, scant data are available on youth choruses making the adjustments needed to sing at different dynamic levels in different registers. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to acoustically analyze the singing of a youth chorus to observe the evidence of the adjustments that they made to sing at two dynamic levels in three singing registers.Study DesignSingle-group observational study.MethodsThe participants were 47 members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus who sang the same song sample in head, mixed, and chest voice at piano and forte dynamic levels. The song samples were recorded and analyzed using long-term average spectra and related spectral measures.ResultsThe spectra revealed different patterns among the registers. These differences imply that the singers were making glottal adjustments to sing the different register and dynamic level versions of the song. The duration of the closed phase, as estimated from the amplitudes of the first two harmonics, differed between the chest and head register singing at both dynamic levels. In addition, the spectral slopes differed among all three registers at both dynamic levels.ConclusionsThese choristers were able to change registers and dynamic levels quickly and with minimal prompting. Also, these acoustic measures may be a useful tool for evaluating some singing skills of young choristers.

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2012. Vol. 26, no 1, 30-36 p.
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Youth singing, LTAS, Vocal registers, Dynamic levels
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Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Music
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52179DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2010.07.003ISI: 000299352500006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84855587089OAI: diva2:465474

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