"We ARE our instrument!": forming a singer identity

O'Bryan, Jessica (2015) "We ARE our instrument!": forming a singer identity. Research Studies in Music Education, 37 1: 123-137. doi:10.1177/1321103X15592831

Author O'Bryan, Jessica
Title "We ARE our instrument!": forming a singer identity
Journal name Research Studies in Music Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1834-5530
Publication date 2015-06-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1321103X15592831
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 123
End page 137
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Preparation for the operatic stage means that for some students their voice will undergo significant transformation during training. For most operatic singers, voice type will determine future roles, the music they perform and potential career trajectory. Voice type becomes a facet of identity and position within the operatic world. This article presents a narrative thematic analysis of a young woman’s account of her teaching and learning experiences in preparation for a career on the operatic stage. Two semi-structured interviews were conducted, and beliefs and values about her singing and voice type were elicited. This article discusses how significant changes to her voice have affected her self-concept, singer identity and potential career in opera. Also discussed is the impact of conservatorium environment, peers and mentors on her feelings of self-belief.
Keyword Conservatoire
Narrative inquiry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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