In this week's blog our Principal Singing Teacher Peter Vox is talking about the break in the early adolescent voices – both male and female. Why does the voice change with age? When and how fast does a boy's voice change? Can women's voices break? How to keep your voice healthy through the change? What you should do to keep your adult voice youthful and strong later in life?
Both male and female voices develop differently. Everything changes around the time of puberty, more testosterone and estrogen gets released into the body.
Let’s start with the male voices – because there is more probability of causing damage to the voice around this time in males. The male voice develops from a child’s voice to an adult voice very quickly – from two weeks to three months. During this time, you will notice in the male voice that they may be speaking high, and their voice may drop and suddenly go back up, and down again… This means their voice is changing, breaking, or what is also called cracking.
When this happens, if you are a singer, we need to stop singing lessons and singing immediately. Until the voice has completely settled into the adult voice. Then we need to resume singing lessons again, and assess where the voice is at.
Now, before the voice cracked or changed, you may have been a tenor and been able to sing very high. But now your voice may have changed down into a bass or a baritone. This is up to the teacher and yourself to assess where your voice has dropped to, and then customize your scales workout again. Also figure out what keys and songs would best suits your voice now that it has changed.
The female voice doesn’t go through such a dramatic change or a cracking period. What will happen with the female voice is through the teenage years from the start of puberty right up until about 20 or 21 the voice will just slightly drop, get a little lower and thicken up through the years.
Naturally, with age, around the age of 40 to 50 – all the way up to 70 – the body naturally loses elasticity, so the voice will generally drop a little lower through your life. But if you do keep on training your voice, and doing scales, and singing through that age – 40 to 70 – you can still sing very well, as you can hear from lots of artists of that age, i.e. Johnny Farnham, Lionel Richie, The Rolling Stones, they can all still sing at that age. Your voice is a muscle, you must keep on training it!
As I have said, the scales do need to be customized and changed, that is also true for the female voice, as the voice may drop a little through those years. Please be patient and careful as a student and a teacher through these times – especially with the male voice.
I hope that this has helped you out. If you have any questions or queries – please, have no hesitation to contact me and we’ll be more than happy to do a YouTube segment for yourself.
Thanks, and I’ll see you in the next segment! Bye!
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