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Singing and vocal development
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  • Authors:
    Welch GF
  • Publisher:
    Oxford University Press
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  • Place of publication:
    New York
  • Pagination:
    441, 461
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  • Editors:
    G.E. McPherson
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  • Book title:
    The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development
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  • Keywords:
    singing, vocal skills, musical development, puberty, vocal development, childhood, musical potential
Musical development begins pre-birth through the fetal experiences of the melody-like contouring of our mother’s voice. These earliest experiences form the foundation for subsequent musical, vocal, and linguistic behavior. Ongoing interactions between our individual neuropsychobiological development and the sounds and expectations of the maternal sociocultural environment continue to shape the development of vocal skills, including singing, throughout childhood and into adolescence. By puberty, self-identity (whether tending toward the positive or negative) in relation to the art and expectations of singing in different contexts is firmly established. If exposed to an appropriately nurturing environment, considerable singing skills are normally evidenced. The experience of negative comments during childhood, particularly from adults such as parents and teachers, can have a detrimental impact on singing behaviors and the realization of musical potential. Throughout these formative years from birth onward, individual singing development is usually incremental and positive, but can be inhibited by sociocultural factors.
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