If you (or your child) are a young voice student, you may experience a change in voice when going through puberty and afterwards as the body adjusts to not only the hormonal changes, but growth of the body. Sudden changes in the size of the body directly relate to the vocal cords. When your legs grow, so do your vocal cords. Just like those legs, they need time to adjust to the change. This difference often appears most prevalent in boys, but also happens as girls go through puberty. Boys experience a rapid change affecting even their speaking voice with sometimes squeaky speech or loss of pitch occurring regularly. A husky sound and almost a disappearance of notes in singing as the voice changes are often common, whereas girls may develop a raspy sound on certain days of the month. If in active voice study, a voice teacher can help maneuver through these changes. Guidance can be provided to help these singers through the adjustment while still maintaining a healthy singing voice.
The human voice continues to develop and change as the body and mind continue to grow. Changes continue often into the late 20’s and early 30’s. The components of our everyday life change as we go through college, get our first job, life on our own, are responsible for our own bills, get married and have children. These situational changes can impact how our singing voice operates if we are not careful. Reminders of regular vocal care and good singing technique are very helpful.Some people (especially women) then experience a change later in life as well as hormones change again in menopause. There is little documentation of the scientific validity of this occurrence, however many singers have mentioned feeling a change in their voice in their later years.
All of these factors lead to one conclusion, voice lessons should be a constant in a singer’s life. Just as a tree continues to grow and change throughout the seasons, so does the human voice.What are your experiences with hormonal changes and the singing voice?