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Comparison of Nasalance Between Trained Singers and Non-Singers

Title: Comparison of Nasalance Between Trained Singers and Non-Singers.
Name(s): Fowler, Linda P., author
Morris, Richard J., professor directing dissertation
Thomas, André, outside committee member
Stierwalt, Julie A. G., committee member
LaPointe, Leonard L., committee member
Walker, Virginia, committee member
School of Communication, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Nasalance measures were reported for two groups, 36 trained female singers and 36 female non-singers. Each group sang and sustained the point vowels (/i/, /ae/, /u/, /a/) for six seconds duration across three frequency levels. Three seconds from the middle of each vowel was measured to generate nasalance scores. No significant differences were found in the mean nasalance scores between the trained singers and the non-singers. The nasalance scores were significantly higher for front vowels as compared to back vowels for both groups. Additionally, both groups displayed a pattern of producing significantly higher nasalance scores at lower frequencies than at higher frequencies. The implication of these results is that most singers spontaneously raise the velum on high frequencies and depress it on lower frequencies. These findings put into question the need to train velar movement in Western classical singing.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4411 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Communication Disorders in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: September 30, 2004.
Keywords: Frequency, Non-Singers, Trained Singers, Vowels, Velopharyngeal Port, Soft Palate, Nasalance
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Richard J. Morris, Professor Directing Dissertation; André Thomas, Outside Committee Member; Julie A. G. Stierwalt, Committee Member; Leonard L. LaPointe, Committee Member; Virginia Walker, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
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