Teresa Marinho began her musical studies with her father, having joined the Academia de Música José Atalaya (Fafe) at the age of nine, where she attended and concluded the Complementary Violin Course. She completed the degree in Music Sciences in 2011 and the master’s degree in Music Teaching in 2013, both at the University of Minho. Her professional experience from 2008 to 2016 passed through the Conservatories of Guimarães, Vila Real and Mafra, as a teacher of Music Theory and History of Music. Currently, she is a PhD student in Music Sciences, specializing in Education and Psychology of Music in the FCSH/NOVA. She is a fellow of the Doctoral Program in Music Sciences – Music as Culture and Cognition financed by FCT. Her doctoral research is based on vocal development and choral singing in childhood.
The research project aims to characterize the vocal development of children integrated into choral groups, describing aspects related to their vocal behavior in a context of individual and collective musical practice. The research project will be composed of case studies with two choirs from the Lisbon district. The first case study will be conducted in the Coro Infantil de Torres Vedras, with children between 5 and 11 years old. The second case study will be conducted in the Coro Infantil da Universidade de Lisboa, with children between 8 and 11 years old. It is hoped that the results obtained will help to: (1) better perceive the dynamics of a choir’s construction; (2) identify the performance evaluation criteria of a choir; (3) understand the influence of different song teaching strategies and other factors on children’s vocal behavior; (4) characterize and compare within the study’s object, the vocal development of children integrated in coral groups and; (5) understand how children behave vocally when in group and individually. These studies aim to increase knowledge about the strategies used in choral practice during childhood and the vocal development of children integrated in a choral context.
Keywords: Vocal performance, Vocal development, Choral practice, Childhood.