Abstract

After the mic is dropped and curtain closes performers want to leave a great impression on the audience. Not much thought is given to other effects that could be left behind by years of performances, effects such as vocal damage. Before a performance singers will spend countless hours preparing their music and making sure every aspect is perfect. It is easy to only focus on certain performance aspects but forget to maintain healthy singing techniques. Singing with improper technique can not only make singers tired over time, but also cause permanent vocal damage. Using medical and qualitative research as the backbone of the argument, correct singing techniques will be demonstrated and best practices will be introduced. In addition, many historical and theoretical points will be made in respect to each genre in order to inform and denote the important separations between the styles.