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The Wonders of the Voice

The science and study of the voice isn’t just for the benefit of professional singers and speakers. It also provides useful information for everyone in their vocal endeavors. Wish you had a voice that projected across a room without straining? Would you like to have a strong, healthy voice throughout your lifetime?

In 1989, Ingo Titze, Distinguished Professor of Speech Science and Voice at the University of Iowa, coined the term “vocology”. In its most broad sense, it covers  “the science of vocalization” especially in regards to vocal habilitation. Titze’s definition of habilitation – to enable, equip for or capacitate – is at the center of its main goal, to build and strengthen the voice to meet specific vocal needs.

The four main objectives of vocology are: 1) “to find the ideal voice” for an individual for a specific use or need; 2) to tap into the healing effects of sound-making, capitalizing on the “feel good” sensation of vocalization; 3) to feel in control of ones voice – to be able to monitor pitch, dynamics and vocal color for expressive purposes and 4) to maintain good vocal hygiene and health care for vocal longevity.

Vocology: The Science and Practice of Voice Habilitation. Ingo Titze & Katherine Verdolini Abbot. National Center for Voice and Speech. 2012.


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