The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing, Volume I: Development introduces the many voices necessary to better understand the act of singing—a complex human behaviour that emerges without deliberate training. Presenting research from the social sciences and humanities alongside that of the natural sciences and medicine alike, this companion explores the relationship between hearing sensitivity and vocal production, in turn identifying how singing is integrated with sensory and cognitive systems while investigating the ways we test and measure singing ability and development. Contributors consider the development of singing within the context of the entire lifespan, focusing on its cognitive, social, and emotional significance in four parts:

  • Musical, historical and scientific foundations
  • Perception and production
  • Multimodality
  • Assessment

In 2009, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded a seven-year major collaborative research initiative known as Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS). Together, global researchers from a broad range of disciplines addressed three challenging questions: How does singing develop in every human being? How should singing be taught and used to teach? How does singing impact wellbeing? Across three volumes, The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing consolidates the findings of each of these three questions, defining the current state of theory and research in the field. Volume I: Development tackles the first of these three questions, tracking development from infancy through childhood to adult years.

chapter |14 pages


Singing, Development, Interdisciplinarity and the Biopsychosocial Framework
ByFrank A. Russo, Beatriz Ilari, Annabel J. Cohen

part I|152 pages

Musical, Historical and Scientific Foundations of Singing Development

chapter 1|8 pages

Historical, Musical, and Scientific Foundations for Studies of Singing

Introduction to Part I
ByBeatriz Ilari, Frank A. Russo

chapter 3|13 pages

An Evolutionary Perspective on the Human Capacity for Singing

ByNicholas Bannan

chapter 4|12 pages

Salomon Henschen and the Search for a Brain Center for Singing

ByAmy B. Graziano, Erik C. Born, Julene K. Johnson

chapter 5|15 pages

The Mechanics and Acoustics of the Singing Voice

Registers, Resonances and the Source–Filter Interaction
ByJoe Wolfe, Maëva Garnier, Nathalie Henrich Bernardoni, John Smith

chapter 6|18 pages

Brain Mechanisms Underlying Singing

ByAnnabel J. Cohen, Daniel J. Levitin, Boris A. Kleber

chapter 7|11 pages

Singing and Speech as Comparable Phenomena

A Dynamical Approach
ByBeatriz Raposo de Medeiros

chapter 8|13 pages

Linguistic Tone and Melody in the Singing of Sub-Saharan Africa

ByThomas M. Pooley

chapter 9|15 pages

The Effects of Hormones and age on the Voice

ByJennifer P. Rodney, Robert T. Sataloff

chapter 11|18 pages

Annotating Multimodal data of Singing and Speaking

ByCoralie Vincent

part II|73 pages

The Relation between the Perception and Production of Singing

chapter 12|10 pages

Perception, Vocal Production, and the Development of Singing

Introduction to Part II
ByBeatriz Ilari

chapter 13|10 pages

The Role and Functions of Infant-Directed Singing in Early Development

BySimone Falk, Christine D. Tsang

chapter 14|11 pages

Home Musical Environment and Singing Development in Infancy

ByEugenia Costa-Giomi, Lucia Benetti

chapter 16|13 pages

Vocal Communication in Birds and Humans

Beyond Song and Speech
ByLeslie S. Phillmore, Christine D. Tsang

chapter 17|13 pages

Singing and the Child who is Deaf

Focusing on the Individual
ByMaria Yennari, Lyn E. Schraer-Joiner, Georgiann Toole

part III|48 pages

Multimodal (Audio, Visual, and Motor) Aspects of Singing Development

chapter 18|6 pages

Multimodal Aspects of Singing Development

Introduction to Part III
ByFrank A. Russo

chapter 19|13 pages

Infant-Directed Singing from a Dynamic Multimodal Perspective

Evolutionary Origins, Cross-Cultural Variation, and Relation to Infant-Directed Speech
BySandra E. Trehub, Frank A. Russo

chapter 20|14 pages

Before Singing

The Role of Reflexivity during Vocal Interactions with Caregivers in Diaper Change Daily Routine
ByAnna Rita Addessi

chapter 21|13 pages

Motor System Involvement in the Perception of Singing

ByFrank A. Russo

part IV|163 pages

Assessing Multiple Singing Skills

chapter 22|13 pages

Measuring the Development of Singing Ability and the Mental Testing Tradition

Introduction to Part IV
ByAnnabel J. Cohen

chapter 23|18 pages

A Meta-Analytic Perspective on the Development of Singing in Children

ByChristina L. Svec

chapter 24|12 pages

Construction and Validation of the Seattle Singing Accuracy Protocol (SSAP)

An Automated Online Measure of Singing Accuracy
ByPeter Q. Pfordresher, Steven M. Demorest

chapter 25|11 pages

Solo or Doubled Singing

Ecological Validity and Effects in Two Response Modes
ByBryan E. Nichols

chapter 27|15 pages

Performance of Canadians on the Automated Airs Test Battery of Singing Skills

Music Training and Age
ByAnnabel J. Cohen, Bing-Yi Pan, Eric da Silva, Kyle Dutton

chapter 29|12 pages

“What is Your Favorite Song?”

Musical Preferences and Taste in School-aged Children over Five Years
ByEun Cho, Assal Habibi, Beatriz Ilari

chapter 30|12 pages

How Musical Culture is Reflected in The Choice of Favorite Songs of Estonian Children

ByMarju Raju, Laura Välja, Jaan Ross

chapter 31|16 pages

Tone Language and Musical Experience

Pitch Accuracy and Key Choice in the AIRS Test Battery of Singing Skills (ATBSS)
ByAnnabel J. Cohen, Jingyuan Sun, Esther Mang, Bing-Yi Pan, Lee Fui Lim

chapter 32|11 pages

Effects of Group Vocal Training in Older Adults

Pitch Accuracy and Vocal Improvisation
ByJennifer Bugos, Chloe Kantoris, Joel Pagán

chapter |17 pages


Singing Development: The Importance of Research on the Development of Singing
ByAnnabel J. Cohen, Beatriz Ilari