An investigation into the effect of acoustics on vocal strain of Opera singers

G Okten
Professional classical singing requires dedication and a significant amount of practice in order to properly sing the challenging pieces. Classical singers not only practice to become an expert in their techniques but also must understand the context, emotions and delivery of each musical piece. Acoustics of practice rooms are crucial as the singers spend most of their learning process in these rooms. Previous research on singers' voice focused on the voice and vocal health issues. This allowed
more » ... ssues. This allowed improved treatments and techniques in the clinical practice for singers' vocal health. However, little research has been undertaken on how room acoustics affect the voice dosimetry and perception of classical singers. This research examines singers' objective vocal dosimetry and subjective perception data together with the room acoustic parameters with an aim to find the preferred practice room conditions of the Opera singers. Singers are known to be professional voice users which are a group at risk from voice disorders. Therefore improving their singing environment for their vocal health is as necessary as the improvement of clinical practice. This research aims to find out the effect of the room environment on the vocal loading parameters and subjective parameters of the Opera singers with a focus on the practice rooms then to find out singers' preferred practicing conditions to suggest target values for the room parameters that show correlation with the singers' parameters. For this purpose, research was undertaken with the kind assistance of 117 Opera singers. First a pilot study was conducted in the Acoustic Laboratories of the London South Bank University in order to determine and validate the methodology of the research, second a Field study in the practice rooms of the Royal Academy of Music was conducted with an aim to find the relationship between singers' data regarding their vocal dose parameters, perception and preferences of the acoustics of the practice rooms and thirdly, as a side st [...]
doi:10.18744/pub.002011 fatcat:4qqkd42f2na4lddx2bzk4kvthq