Aural feedback, Vocal technique, and Creativity


  • Nicholas Bannan University of Reading


This research contributes to an ongoing investigation into the instinctive nature of singing. Related projects involve: action research with children who are encouraged to reflect on the developing capacities of their own and each others' voices; experimental research with adults and children designed to illuminate parallels between singing ability and other aspects of extended oracy (modes of controlled whistling; tongue-clicks); trialling of pedagogical strategies for developing intuitive vocal responses and 'musical thinking'; and a wide-ranging literature review drawing on research in animal behaviour, human evolution, communication theory and cognitive psychology.