The Vocal Mechanism and MRI

Long time no see.

That’s because I’ve been growing my student base as well as working on a novel (you can learn more about that on my other blog).I am going to attempt to be more regular and share more often here for my loyal fans and desperate music teachers (lol).

I stumbled across this video recently, and it is amazing! One of the most challenging aspects of teaching voice is the fact that every voice is different, and you can’t see it! In a clarinet lesson I can tell almost instantly whether a squeak is due to finger placement, reed, embouchure, or a problem with the instrument itself. And then I can visually confirm my suspicions. If only it were that easy with voice!

In this video, Tyley Ross performs a snippet of a vocal solo in four different styles: a light (what I call natural) tone, operatic, Broadway, and rock. He shows the interior of his vocal mechanism, using an MRI, and then compares the shape with the difference in the sound. It’s really cool.

Check out the video here!

About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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