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Why Do People Who Stutter Not Do So When They Sing?

Reviewed by: Neil Izenberg, MD

Why do people who stutter when they talk not stutter when they sing?

There are a few reasons why people who stutter don't do so when they sing. One is called easy onset of speech, or easy voice, or smooth speech. This describes the way you sing. Think about it — you generally use a smoother and easier voice when you are singing versus when you are speaking. Speech therapists use the easy onset strategy when helping people who stutter.

Someone also may not stutter while singing because words are more prolonged (and less apt to be stumbled over) when they are sung rather than spoken. And finally, music is an activity in which you use the right side of the brain (language uses the left), so when you sing, you're no longer using your left brain (and probably no longer stuttering!).

For more information, check out these articles:
Speech-Language Therapy

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Reviewed by: Neil Izenberg, MD
Date reviewed: January 2004