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date: 21 November 2019

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This chapter explores the vocal ecology of older singers, focusing on three categories of singers: the professional and/or successful soloist who is approaching the end of a singing career; the amateur chorister; and the community singing group participant. It provides an overview of the physical impacts of vocal aging, and addresses also how personality traits can affect a person’s attitude toward aging and his or her ability to manage the effects of vocal aging. Being—or becoming—a singer in this phase of life offers a range of cognitive insights and challenges to the singer and the singing teacher. Through case studies of five singers, and data from a community choir averaging 85 years old, the chapter examines teaching strategies that can be used to ensure that singers can be supported and encouraged to continue to receive the psycho-social and physical benefits of singing, no matter what their age.

Keywords: vocal aging, professional soloist, amateur chorister, community singing group participant, benefits of singing, teaching strategies

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