Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


School of Music

Document Type



The voice health implications of head and neck cancers (HNC) and its treatments are well-known and documented; however, those battling other cancers also experience various forms of dysphonia which are often ignored and neglected due to their root causes being less apparent. This issue is especially concerning for singers, who are far more sensitive to voice changes than the average patient, and whose identities and finances are intimately connected to their voice and voice health. This study seeks to answer two questions: (1) What is currently known about the voice implications of cancer and its treatment? and (2) What voice hygiene regimens would allow singers to promote their vocal health while undergoing cancer treatment? To answer these questions, an exploratory qualitative research methodology was employed which included a literature review and interviewing two relevant groups to collect their expertise and experience as presentable data: professional singers who are also cancer survivors, and medical professionals who have extensive knowledge of voice. It is the hope of this study that the information provided can be used to guide anyone diagnosed with cancer, helping them promote their vocal health while undergoing cancer treatment, while also advocating for the need of further research in this area.



Committee Chair

Sandra Moon

Available for download on Monday, April 05, 2027