Songbirds Must Sing: How Artistic Voice Users Perceive Their Voice in Times of COVID-19

Adi Primov-Fever, Ilan Roziner, Ofer Amir

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Abstract

Objective: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a critical disruption in the music and performing arts industry, and affected singers and other artists. This study was designed to examine the effect of this unique time on artistic voice users, the way they perceive their voice and their voice-related behaviors. Methods: A total of 110 participants volunteered for the study: 57 professional artistic voice users (34 singers and 19 actors) and a control group of 53 nonprofessional voice users. All participants completed three questionnaires related to their self-assessment of their voice, their voice difficulties, vocal training, and current stress in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Results: Compared to the controls, artistic voice users were more concerned about their voice (P < 0.001), practiced their voice more often (P < 0.001), and experienced more anxiety and stress (P < 0.05). In addition, within the professional group, singers reported practicing their voice in the time of the COVID-19 significantly more than actors (P < 0.01). Conclusions: Professional artistic voice users experience the COVID-19 pandemic as a stressful time, with negative effects on their well-being and specifically on their voice. This should be considered in the treatment and maintenance of their voice and professional career at current and future stressful times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586.e1-586.e5
JournalJournal of Voice
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Actors
  • Artistic voice
  • COVID-19
  • Singers
  • Voice

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