Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Karen Wicklund

Second Advisor

Linda Trotter-Heger

Third Advisor

Lindsey Wilhite


Using the body as one's instrument poses a unique challenge to singers that extends beyond pedagogical technique and musicianship. Normal human emotions, such as anger, fear, nervousness and excitement have undeniable physiological results, including increased blood pressure, release of adrenaline into the bloodstream, changes in body secretions and increased heart rate. Systemic changes affect those bodily systems directly involved with vocal production as well as the delicate vocal mechanism itself. Whether it be undue anxiety created by the pressures of perfectionism and performance anxiety, insecurity due to poor self-image or emotional stress resulting from other events in the singer's life, emotions can and do cause physical interference with healthy vocal production.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only