Can singing teachers trained in a pedagogic method (Complete Vocal Technique) reliably identify elements of sung sound examples?


To test the reliability of the Complete Vocal Technique (CVT)1 pedagogic method in identifying sound elements from sound samples from different vocal genres


22 singing teachers with a median of 4.5yrs (range 2-25yrs) teaching experience were asked to listen to 11 short sound samples of different contemporary and classical songs. They were asked to describe each the sounds in terms that could be used in pedagogy to describe each element of the song.The results were compared to compared to those agreed by consensus of an expert panel of CVT teachers.


The first sound sample, for example, consisted of 12 elements with the last identified as having 3 sound qualities: The average agreement across the sound sample was 72.7% for the twenty-two singing teachers.


The terminology used in the CVT pedagogical method when applied to sung sound samples appears to be used with a high level of agreement in CVT trained teachers.

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This poster by Julian McGlashan and Cathrine Sadolin was presented at PEVOC 10 (Pan-European Voice Conference), Prague, Czeck Republic, August, 2013