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ERIC Number: EJ1054024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-0517
Perspectives of European Boys about Their Voice Change and School Choral Singing: Developing the Possible Selves of Adolescent Male Singers
Freer, Patrick K.
British Journal of Music Education, v32 n1 p87-106 Mar 2015
This article reports analysis of interviews with 85 boys from England, Greece, Ireland and Spain about the voice change, school singing and choral music instruction. Consistent, former and self-described non-singers were included. Data suggest consistency with much of the existing narrative literature about the experience of voice change. Unique topics included a sense of identity loss during voice change. Issues related to gender and sexuality-based bullying were explored. Boys offered numerous recommendations for teachers, including that teachers focus on vocal technique specific to male changing voices. Boys' comments suggested a pattern of identity development consistent with the Possible Selves construct. This suggests that teachers can support adolescent male singers by addressing specific issues at specific points in a boy's process of voice change and identity development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece; Ireland; Spain; United Kingdom (England)
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