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date: 15 May 2021

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This chapter examines the link between singing and vocal development to challenge the cultural stereotype that some people “can sing” and some “cannot.” It suggests that singing in the general population is more accurate and widespread than currently believed. It explores the nature of singing as a developmental behavior from pre-birth and infancy through puberty and adolescence. It considers how normal singing development may be fostered, shaped, and sometimes hindered. It identifies factors that can affect a child’s singing behaviors, contextual influences, and that age generally is not a reliable predictor for establishing voice change stages. It suggests that singing in one form or another is an essential feature of an individual’s musical development and behavior, and that in each age phase the human voice has a distinctive underlying anatomy and physiology producing different “singing” behaviors. Finally, it suggests how all of us can realize our singing potential.

Keywords: singing, vocal development, singing development, singing behavior, voice change, musical development, childhood, adolescence, school effect

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