Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

School of Music

First Advisor

Tina Stallard

Abstract

For more than 35 years, voice teachers have been seeking an educational platform to adequately prepare a Singing Voice Specialist. Several degree ideas have been proposed, none of which have been fully implemented, leaving the field of Singing Voice Specialty without a certifying body or way to achieve licensure or certification. This document seeks to uncover the current progress in the field of Singing Voice Specialty, the progression of educational programs geared toward Singing Voice Specialization, possible accrediting associations, and future education needed to propel this profession forward.

In seeking these answers, experts within various aspects of voice care are interviewed to discuss the aforementioned questions. An anonymous survey was administered to singers which included questions regarding performance genre, vocal health, and knowledge of Singing Voice Specialization.

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