Adolescent perceptions of singing: exploring gendered differences in musical confidence, identity and ambition

  title={Adolescent perceptions of singing: exploring gendered differences in musical confidence, identity and ambition},
  author={Alison Orton and Stephanie E. Pitts},
  journal={Music Education Research},
  pages={40 - 51}
ABSTRACT Previous research on adolescents and singing has focused on understanding the physiological changes in the voice during the age range 11–16 [Cooksey, J. M., and G. F. Welch. 2008. ‘Adolescence, singing development and national curricula design.’ British Journal of Music Education 15 (1): 99–119], and addressing the lack of male participation in singing [Ashley, M. R. 2013. ‘Broken voices or a broken curriculum? The impact of research on UK school choral practice with boys.’ British… 
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