Thesis Title

The Rite of Passage: Unification of the Vocal Registers

Date of Graduation

Summer 2007

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Rose Owens

Keywords

registers, passagio, breaks, chest voice, head voice, falsetto

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

The study of vocal registers is extensive and controversial. Many vocal pedagogues have their own theories as to how many there are, what they should be named, and how to blend them together. This study discusses the historical and modern approaches to registration and the ideas surrounding the breaks between the registers. Experts consulted range from early pedagogues, Guilio Caccini and Pierfrancesco Tosi, to modern masters such as Richard Miller. Scientific evidence will be examined explaining what physically occurs in the voice box during each portion of the vocal range. Specific attention will be given to the muscular activity and vibratory patterns of the vocal folds. There will also be discussion about how to solve the problem of unequal registers such as the messa di voce, directional exercises, and covering.

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© Lacey Renee Rector

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