School of Music
Doctor of Music Education (DME)
Adolescent, Male, Voice, Engagement, Choir, Music
Education | Music
Lewis, Joseph Michael, "Strategies to Encourage Continued Choral Participation Among Adolescent Male Students" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3583.
This project overviewed a mixed methods research study, which examined the ways in which choral participation among adolescent male students could be encouraged by choral directors. The paper examined the history of male choral participation, common theories regarding male voice classification, as well as how choral participation among adolescent male students could be encouraged by the education of a voice change process. A vocal study of one hundred and seventeen biological male singers at Westside Middle School Academy in Danbury, Connecticut was used to study the validity of numerous male voice change theories. This study documented the transformation of the male students’ vocal ranges and tessituras. The author proposed that continued choral participation among adolescent male students may be encouraged by the middle school choral director in terms of innovative strategies that help the students track their vocal development, range and tessitura. The author also proposed that students who develop the skills to track their vocal range and tessitura will be more inclined to actively participate in vocal warm-ups, class rehearsal, and lessons designed to teach students about the male voice change.