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Choral singing under the microscope : Identifying vocal leaders through comparison of individual recordings of the singers

Zadig, Sverker LU ; Folkestad, Göran LU and Lyberg Åhlander, Viveka LU (2017) In Finnish Journal of Music Education 20(FJME 01 2017). p.77-98
Abstract
Singing in groups and choirs is one of the main and generally most widespread musical activities: in schools at all levels among children and adolescents as well as in leisure time activities from "non-singer choirs" to more advanced and professional choirs. Previous studies indicate the need to identify vocal collaboration between choral singers.
This article investigates how individuals in a choir differ in taking initiative and in which ways musical informal leadership may appear.
As data collection method, individual singers were equipped with close-up, head-mounted microphones. Graphs of separate-track recordings were compared and analyzed.
In the analysis, different kinds of informal leadership were identified: (i) in... (More)
Singing in groups and choirs is one of the main and generally most widespread musical activities: in schools at all levels among children and adolescents as well as in leisure time activities from "non-singer choirs" to more advanced and professional choirs. Previous studies indicate the need to identify vocal collaboration between choral singers.
This article investigates how individuals in a choir differ in taking initiative and in which ways musical informal leadership may appear.
As data collection method, individual singers were equipped with close-up, head-mounted microphones. Graphs of separate-track recordings were compared and analyzed.
In the analysis, different kinds of informal leadership were identified: (i) in accuracy regarding blending; (ii) in intonation and (iii) in how leaders influence their peers.
The results indicate that there are singers acting as informal leaders in the choirs. A way to improve choral singing, at all levels and contexts, might be to acknowledge and make use of this leadership. (Less)
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FJME 01 2017
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Sibelius Academy
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  abstract     = {Singing in groups and choirs is one of the main and generally most widespread musical activities: in schools at all levels among children and adolescents as well as in leisure time activities from "non-singer choirs" to more advanced and professional choirs. Previous studies indicate the need to identify vocal collaboration between choral singers. <br/>This article investigates how individuals in a choir differ in taking initiative and in which ways musical informal leadership may appear. <br/>As data collection method, individual singers were equipped with close-up, head-mounted microphones. Graphs of separate-track recordings were compared and analyzed. <br/>In the analysis, different kinds of informal leadership were identified: (i) in accuracy regarding blending; (ii) in intonation and (iii) in how leaders influence their peers. <br/>The results indicate that there are singers acting as informal leaders in the choirs. A way to improve choral singing, at all levels and contexts, might be to acknowledge and make use of this leadership. },
  author       = {Zadig, Sverker and Folkestad, Göran and Lyberg Åhlander, Viveka},
  issn         = {1239-3908},
  keyword      = {Choir voices,choir singers,choir leader,informal leader,ensemble},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {FJME 01 2017},
  pages        = {77--98},
  publisher    = {Sibelius Academy},
  series       = {Finnish Journal of Music Education},
  title        = {Choral singing under the microscope : Identifying vocal leaders through comparison of individual recordings of the singers},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2017},
}