Singing Voice Development in Early Childhood

Dr. Christina Svec
Pedagogy Track
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Singing voice development begins in early childhood and can be encouraged through repertoire with the developmental component in mind. Svec will briefly discuss the research behind singing voice development for children, ages 4-7. Additionally, the audience will experience and participate in vocal exploration and melodic improvisation activities as well as view classroom examples of video footage demonstrating what activities look like with children in both early childhood music classes and early elementary music settings.


Dr. Christina Svec is currently the Assistant Professor of Music Education at Iowa State University where she teaches courses in elementary and secondary choral music methods. She received her PhD and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education degree from Michigan State University. She has also earned three levels of certification in Music Learning Theory and three levels in Kodály. Previously, Svec taught elementary music for six years and has been involved with early childhood music for nearly fifteen years. She has presented papers, research posters, and sessions at conferences including Texas Music Education Association (TMEA), Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA), South Central ECMMA, Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), and Mountain Lake Colloquium. Svec was also a clinician for the Tennessee Arts Academy at Belmont University this past July. Her publications can be found in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and in Kodály Encounter with several other pieces in the submission process. Her research interests include research methodology, research pedagogy, and childhood/early childhood singing voice development and ability.