College of Arts and Sciences
Primary Subject Area
Biology, Anatomy; Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Education, Music; Fine Arts; Music
Vocal physiology, larynx, middle school, vocal mutation, changing voice, puberty, repertoire, vocal technique, music education, vocal pedagogy
Simpson, Taylor L., "Vocal Technique and Repertoire Choice for Middle School Students" (2013). Senior Honors Theses. 354.
Discovering the correct vocal training techniques for middle school students is a difficult task for music teachers in regards to their changing voices and their new discoveries of interests and preferences. Adolescence marks the final phase in development to vocal maturity and thus, knowledge of how to cultivate an effective teaching style for middle school students is crucial. The following study will attempt to simplify the responsibilities of music teachers by focusing on the vocal development of adolescents, and recommending repertoire choices suitable for middle school students. The study will also analyze differences in gender, age, and ability levels. Ultimately, readers will gain an understanding of what to expect from students in this stage of development.