The Impact of Vocal Fold Lesions and Dysphonia on the Passaggi of a Commercial Music Singer (80336)

Session Information: Music and Arts
Session Chair: Justin John Moniz

Saturday, 25 May 2024 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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A lack of assessment practices pertaining to perceptual variability in commercial singers has caused vocal health concerns among both singers and their vocal care teams. The long-term vocal health consequences among commercial music singers with compromised vocal function due to vocal fold lesions and/or dysphonia is of significant risk to vocal sustainability. While vocal fatigue and/or pathologies impact professional voice users in myriad ways, there is significant concern regarding a lack of vocal health education and an awareness of how the vocal apparatus functions, specifically as it relates to matters of registration in commercial singers.

There is emerging evidence that supports issues in register shifts, specifically passaggi points, for singers with diagnosed with vocal fold lesions. For example, M. Echternach et al. (2017) concluded that data in their 2017 cohort study strongly suggested that “the passaggio region could be affected by vocal fold mass lesions, even if phonation outside the passaggio regions is unimpaired. “

This preliminary case study aimed to determine the rate of perceived vocal exertion of a commercial singer diagnosed with vocal fold lesions and dysphonia. The findings will lay the groundwork for future research examining the long-term effects of diagnosed pathologies through shifts in registration. The significance of this study will determine the impact increased vocal loading has on a commercial singer suffering from vocal fold lesions and dysphonia, particularly as it relates to overall levels of vocal health and the individual's rate of perceived vocal exertion.

Justin John Moniz, New York University, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Justin John Moniz serves as Associate Director of Vocal Performance and Coordinator of Vocal Pedagogy at New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School where he holds the rank of Associate Professor.

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