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date: 20 June 2019

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The chapter speaks to the creation of an encouraging environment in which singing is considered a natural part of male identity. The chapter begins by problematizing the issue of boys’ identity, and addresses some of the concerns raised in the literature and recent research regarding a reluctance of males to sing in the choral setting. After a brief overview of the physiological aspects of changing voice, the chapter moves to discuss the practical considerations. The chapter reflects on practitioners and scholars that have had positive experiences of singing, and issues are systematically addressed with reference to repertoire, technical work, rehearsal strategy and other non-musical concerns. The chapter concludes with a manifesto for male singing across the lifespan which seeks to address the critical point at which boys often stop singing in choirs: the moment they begin to reconstruct their identity at adolescence.

Keywords: changing voice, adolescence, repertoire, rehearsal strategy, male identity

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