In 2009, Chorus America conducted a study that estimated that as many as 10 million children in America participate in a choral ensemble on a weekly basis. Children and adolescents who sing not only perform better in academic environments but exhibit increased self-confidence, self-discipline, and memory skills in comparison to their peers.1 The physical and mental health benefits of choral singing have been well documented in the literature, including group camaraderie, mental acuity, endorphin release, and decreased psychological stress that arise from creating and enjoying music. As choral directors, voice pedagogues, and conductors, it becomes imperative to understand the key physiological developmental markers associated with the vocal instrument and its impact on vocal output at various stages of life. Providing accurate preventative vocal health and wellness information (in this world of seemingly limitless unsubstantiated internet information) to impressionable singers will help these singers maintain healthy vocal habits throughout their lifetime.
Leborgne, Wendy D. (2016) From Kindergarten to College: Understanding Young Voices and Keeping Them Healthy. In: Choral Journal, Vol. 56, No. 8, pp. 22-32. Available at http://openmusiclibrary.org/article/55542/.