TCU Magazine: A Stronger Voice


Hitting the correct notes is paramount, but an accurate rendition of do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do is not a perfect indicator of a singer’s vocal health.

When singers feel fine after going up and down scales and sustaining notes, they may think their voices are perfectly healthy. But veteran baritone James D. Rodriguez knows that problems can begin before audible signs of poor vocal health emerge.

Rodriguez, assistant professor of voice and voice pedagogy in TCU’s School of Music, surveyed opera and musical theatre students at TCU in a pilot study as they practiced for performances. His foundational question was straightforward: How does data taken through vocal measurements correspond to a singer’s feeling of health?

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