Respiratory function during speaking and singing in professional country singers

Jeannette D. Hoit, Christie L. Jenks, Peter J. Watson, Thomas F. Cleveland

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Respiratory function during speaking and singing was investigated in six male professional country singers. Function was studied using magnetometers to transduce anteroposterior diameter changes of the rib cage and abdomen while subjects performed various respiratory maneuvers, speaking activities, and singing activities. Results indicated that respiratory behavior during speaking was generally the same as that of other normal subjects. Respiratory behavior during singing resembled that of speaking. Discussion includes comparison of respiratory performance of present singers with untrained singers and classically trained singers. Implications are offered regarding how the results might be applied to the prevention of voice disorders by education and training of country singers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Voice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996

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Acknowledgment: This work was supported, in part, by National Multipurpose Research and Training Center Grant DC-01409 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. We are grateful to Vicki and Ward Jamison for their assistance during data collection, Ashley Lewis for her assistance in data analysis, and the country artists who volunteered to participate as subjects. The first three authors express appreciation to the Voice Center of the Vanderbilt University Medical College and the Grand Olde Opry for their gracious hospitality during the first week of 1994.


  • Country singers
  • Respiratory function
  • Singing
  • Speaking


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