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Intro To Voice Science

Fall 2021 



One 60 min. Zoom class per week

Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30 pm Pacific

November 2, 9, 16, 30


Guitar players can replace broken strings, and trumpet players can remove and clean valves, but singers don't have that luxury. Knowing how your instrument works will help you make informed decisions when it comes to your singing overall.

This course will introduce you to the basics of the respiratory system, the larynx (and vocal cords within), and your vocal tract. Find out how they all work together to produce vocal sounds, and look at vocal "wisdoms" from a scientific perspective to understand whether they make sense or not!

Anatomical and acoustical principles will be introduced with animations and sound to bring them to life. Seeing how things move makes it much easier to visualize the physiological aspects of singing.

"Rocío will teach you what seems unteachable: how to properly play an instrument, the human voice, that has few obviously accessible mechanisms of control. By methodically explaining and illustrating (often with animations and videos) the three main components of singing--respiration, phonation and resonance--she teaches you how to use the parts of the body that you can control (e.g. lung expansion and the positioning of the jaw, tongue, and lips) to enable you to produce great tone at the right pitch. I found the sections of the course on resonance (a topic that most voice teachers do not seem to understand or know how to explain) to be the most enlightening. When you finish her course you will have the framework for a "vocal dashboard" that will radically transform how you think about singing and therefore dramatically improve what comes out of your body when you do it." - J.M., 2020 Course Participant

"This course was a real eye-opener for me as a vocal instructor — really engaging, multi-media for deeper absorption, and built up
 from the science of breathing to the intricacies of vowel manipulation.  Highly Recommended!" - Michael Smolens, teacher/recording artist/composer/arranger/performer

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