The Older Singer

Robert T. Sataloff and Jane W. Davidson

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Older Singer


An interest in singing and voice training may begin at any point in the lifespan. Singing lessons can benefit students of any age, provided the teaching is age-appropriate. This article, which highlights factors that affect older singers, draws attention to the range of information and techniques available for the voice educator, and begins by focusing on how anatomical, physiological, and endocrinological factors affect the aging singer. It continues by exploring psychological aspects that impact singing and the motivation to sing. The article concludes with strategies the educator may employ to optimize and maximize the positive benefit of singing for the older singer, drawing on the range of disciplinary information now available.

Keywords: singing voice; vocal music education; older singers; singing lesions; voice educators

Article.  6333 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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