Honors Projects


There have been numerous “do’s - and - don’t’s” vocal hygiene pamphlets made for voice users, however, a guide for vocal hygiene for musical theatre performers is not typically included in these pamphlets. Musical theatre performers differ from other professional voice users, because in addition to singing, they also have the taxing responsibilities of acting and dancing. As a result, many musical theatre performers have questions and often seem confused about what proper vocal hygiene should be for them. The goal of this honors project was to create an advisory brochure on vocal hygiene specifically for musical theatre performers. This brochure is based upon information published by professionals from various disciplines such as medicine, speech-language pathology, music, and theatre. This brochure addresses a number of aspects that musical theatre performers should be aware of as a result of the many demands that are placed upon them. This resulted in the following categories for the creation of the brochure: preventing overuse, medical care, nutrition/hydration, environmental factors, and utilizing proper technique. The background information and sources for this project are found in the annotated bibliography at the end of this paper.


Honors Program


Theatre: Musical Theatre

First Advisor

Dr. Ron Scherer

First Advisor Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Second Advisor

Dr. Lesa Lockford

Second Advisor Department

Theatre and Film

Third Advisor

Amanda Carter

Third Advisor Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Publication Date

Fall 2019