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date: 23 January 2020

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Vocal health is of paramount importance to educators and performers of all ages and genres. Whether selecting appropriate repertoire for soloists, adjusting spacing to provide ideal self-to-other ratios between choir singers, developing age-appropriate exercises for young singers, or managing medication side effects on older singers' voices, optimizing vocal health creates the conditions for singers to reach their full potential and to produce expressive performances. This article begins by considering some of the occupational hazards voice educators and performers face. It also provides an overview of evidence-based healthy practices for teaching and performing, and offers suggestions for teaching healthy voice use to students. Included in this discussion is information on integrating the function of the whole body with the voice. The article closes with information on developing healthy learning/teaching environments.

Keywords: singing voice, vocal health, vocal music education, voice educators, voice teachers

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