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date: 12 December 2019

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This chapter addresses boys’ voice change in adolescence. It begins with a summary ofphysiological changes that take place. This leads to a discussion of challenges andpossibilities for singing through the change, focusing on impediments to full involvementwith singing in adolescence. The chapter employs a mixed method approach. Initially,measurement and documentation of the physical characteristics of the voice in stages ofchange are presented. This provides a foundation for the second part, qualitativeaccounts of boys’ engagement with singing in adolescence. Knowledge areas coveredinclude attributes of the male changing voice, factors impacting boys’ participation insinging, and documentation of effective practice in addressing challenges andpossibilities of singing through this life-cycle stage. Implications for the assessmentpractices of voice health professionals are put forward and the roles of singing teachers,choral directors, and class music teachers in training adolescent males are discussed.

Keywords: voice change, adolescence, physical characteristics, engagement with singing, male changing voice

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