Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of the Arts
John J. Cali School of Music
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
V J Manzo
The objective of this research study was to investigate the effects of vocal toning interventions informed by a BioAcoustics assessment tool on the perceived pain and the vocal profile in a participant diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The study employed a single case study design. The participant (N=l) was a woman diagnosed with fibromyalgia, who underwent a series of ten 25-minute music therapy treatments of vocal toning, twice a week, for five weeks. Vocal profile was recorded and measured with the BioAcoustics nano Voice program for each session, pre- and post-treatment. Perceived pain was measured using the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) questionnaire for each session, pre- and post-treatment. The following hypotheses were formulated: (a) The incidence of tones comprising the participant’s vocal profile will be significantly better distributed (based upon established norms) following each treatment session; (b) The incidence of tones comprising the participant’s vocal profile will be significantly better distributed (based upon established norms) with time, over the treatment series; (c) The participant’s perceived pain will be lower following each treatment session; (d) The participant’s perceived pain will become lower with time, over the treatment series; and (e) There will be a positive correlation between deviation of vocal profile from ideal levels, and levels of pain perception. Data were analyzed using t-tests, linear regression, and a Pearson Correlation Coefficient. Findings indicated that the vocal toning intervention had a significant effect on short-term pain but insignificant effects on long-term pain and vocal profile distribution. No significant correlation was found between changes in the vocal profile and pain perception. Implications for clinical work and future research were considered.
Orefice, Crista Marie, "Effects of Vocal Toning and Bio Acoustics Assessment on Pain and Bio Acoustics Vocal Profile" (2011). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 939.