Breaking Voices: A study of vocal health in choral settings
Maintaining healthy voices in a choir is vital to the success of a group and the happiness and satisfaction of the individuals. This research project is focusing on how vocal health is maintained within varying choral settings. It is also looking at the voice and understanding how vocal health may suffer under different types of conditions and uses. A central question to the study is ‘How do choral leaders prioritise vocal health?’

You have been invited to take part because you have shown interest in choral singing. To complete the questionnaire, it is not necessary for you to have suffered from any vocal health issues. Participation in this study is voluntary, and you have the right to withdraw and refuse to take part at any point without it resulting in any kind of consequence.

It is hoped that with this study, ways of encouraging healthy singing within a choir are discovered and explored. Issues surrounding wellbeing may surface from the questions. If this is the case, it is recommended that you make contact with a dedicated organisation such as ‘Music Minds Matter’ or ‘BAPAM’. For any more information regarding the study, please find contact details below.

This questionnaire is completely anonymous.

Karl Westwood
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H
karl.westwood.18@ucl.ac.uk

This MA research is supervised by Dr Evangelos Himonides (e.himonides@ucl.ac.uk) at the Department of Culture, Communication and Media, UCL Institute of Education.

Have you had any kind of formal vocal training?
How often do you attend rehearsals for choirs or groups?
Are you a member of amateur or professional groups?
Does your rehearsal involve warm-up exercises?
Within these groups, have you been encouraged to prioritise good vocal health practice by conductors?
Does your conductor teach vocal technique as part of the rehearsal? (Whilst learning a piece of music or in addition to learning music)
Can you give one or more examples of a time when a conductor has offered technical advice during a rehearsal?
Your answer
Do you feel your vocal health has suffered due to a lack of correct instruction in choral rehearsals?
On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel your general wellbeing affects your voice and vocal production?
Not at all
It completely affects it
If you have any other thoughts that may have been provoked by the questions, please share them here.
Your answer
What age are you? (Optional)
Your answer
Please specify your sex. (Optional)
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