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Singers Visit Corbett Hall

October 24, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago students from the BFA program who specialize in singing visited Corbett Hall to take part in an annual experience. Their time here is valuable to both the fine arts and SLP students, and allows both parties to trade practical knowledge.

Here are some of the questions that we examined together:

  • How long can you hold “ah” for? (maximum phonation time)
  • What is your average pitch while talking? (average fundamental frequency)
  • What is the variability in your pitch? (fundamental frequency variability)
  • How loudly can you yell? (maximum intensity)
  • How quietly can you speak without whispering?
  • What are the parts of the larynx involved with speaking/singing?
  • What are some things your can do everyday to protect your voice?
  • What can you do to warm up and cool down for singing?
  • What are some signs of injury, and whom can you visit to get treatment?
  • Using an EGG (see picture above), what does your pattern of vocal fold movement look like?
  • How can you use a real-time spectrogram as biofeedback for improving resonance across all of your formant frequencies?

Our class is thankful to have had the BFA students to see some above-average voices, and we look forward to seeing them again next year!

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