Child With No Head Voice?
Date: February 10, 2015
I've never run into this before and am out of ideas. I have an elementary school student who really wants to make it into our auditioned choir. He comes in regularly to work with me. He has no head voice. I have tried getting him to make a siren sound or a dog wimper to see if I could hear any pitch in the upper range. He has been unsuccessful. There is some vocal rasp to his voice and it is breathy. His little brother seems to have the identical voice. For two weeks he worked on his own to whimper and came back only to screw up his face and neck with extreme tension to make a high sound. It was not an encouraging sound.
Do you have any suggestions? I do not want to tell him I can't help him. Conversely Is it really worth the stress I would cause his family to recommend they take him to an ENT if it is a genetic issue? I have had another music colleague check him out and come to the same conclusion. Help?
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