Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Advisor

Linda Barcan

Abstract

Practice is a major part of the everyday existence of musicians at a performing arts institution, and is of particular importance for singers, who are not just learning to sing but also building their vocal instrument along the way. The purpose of this study was to examine the practice of classical singers studying at a performing arts institution, through an interpretive case study approach. Participants completed a multi-part survey which asked logistics of their singing practice, their use of practice strategies, how these strategies were acquired, and the influence of various factors related to practice. The quantitative and qualitative data were analysed together with reference to a conceptual framework of self-regulated learning. The study found that singers’ practice was affected by a wide range of factors, and many strategies to improve singing were employed both within and beyond the practice room. The study also found that singing lessons were a major resource for singers to learn skills to develop into well self-regulated musicians.

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