Vocal Cool-down Research

The Impact of Vocal Cool-Down Exercises: A Subjective Study of Singers’ and Listeners’ Perceptions

By June 20, 2020 June 25th, 2020 No Comments

This 2015 Journal of Voice article “The Impact of Vocal Cool-Down “  presents the study design, methods, results, and conclusion of a subjective study on Vocal Cool-down exercises. This research was in fulfillment of the Van L. Lawrence Award. There is a more user-friendly article in the Journal of Singing from 2018 entitled “The Efficacy of Vocal Cool-Down Exercises.”

Vocal cool-downs at the end of a lesson, rehearsal, or performance are less the norm than a vocal warm-up. Certainly, many vocal athletes neglect this activity after singing. For this to change, there is a need for scientific research to substantiate cool-down exercises as a necessary aspect of a singer’s conditioning.  This subjective study presents evidence that singers perceived a positive outcome from incorporating a cool-down protocol into their routine.