Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

Jacob Will


The purpose of this study is to investigate the integration of Self Myofascial Release (SMR) techniques within voice lessons over six weeks; aiming to alleviate muscular tension, enhance vocal performance, and improve singers' overall well-being. The study employed a qualitative pre-test/post-test design. The data collected indicates that while SMR offers significant benefits, it is impractical to incorporate a comprehensive routine into applied lessons. However, using SMR techniques in vocal warm-up routines, and encouraging the student to use SMR techniques on their own, yielded promising results. Consistent SMR application led to improved posture, jaw mobility, and overall well-being, with older participants experiencing notable benefits. This researcher recommends integrating SMR into vocal curriculums with the intention of elevating vocal capabilities and enhancing quality of life.


© 2024, Benjamin Patrick Stogner

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