Vocal Health for the Minister of Music

Vocal Health for the Minister of Music

Vocal Health for the Minister of Music:
Developing Lifestyle Behaviors for a Lifetime of Singing

Robin Kaye Waggoner, M.M.C.M.
Chairperson: Dr. Alcingstone Cunha

Abstract

            The purpose of this study was to examine the vocal behaviors and health of a specific group of Ministers of Music in Kentucky.  Awareness of vocal health behaviors and the importance of vocal health education were emphasized.  A personal interview with a voice health care professional at Vanderbilt Voice Center was conducted.  A survey was developed and sent to forty-seven Ministers of Music.  Forty-six completed the survey.  There were four categories of questions relating to the Ministers of Music: 1) general health, 2) vocal habits, 3) vocal problems, and 4) general information, such as continued education in the area of vocal health.  Survey results indicated that the general health of Ministers of Music needs improvement.  Very few respondents reported having current vocal problems with only one having had vocal fold surgery.  Yet, numerous vocal behaviors revealed Ministers of Music need immediate improvement such as warming up and resting their voice.  The survey also revealed that the respondents are not doing what they know to do to protect their voices.  All but one stated there were behaviors he/she could change to promote better vocal health.  Most Ministers of Music also stated that more attention should be given to vocal health education.