Voice Science and Voice Pedagogy, Better Together

“Nothing is beyond question.”
-Ken Bozeman, Interviews on Voice Matters, 12/19/17

In the most recent episode of  Interviews on Voice Matters, Ken Bozeman made the point that voice teachers and voice scientists need each other.  He was saying that voice scientists are not the ones in the trenches hearing voices all day, and likewise, singing teachers do not typically have science backgrounds.

If we are going to learn more about the voice, each type of voice professional has to come to the table.  There are no discoveries about voice that DO NOT require a village to raise, apparently.  And I wholeheartedly agree.

I’m looking for more of a balance between (right now) what I would say are three legs: voice science, historic pedagogy that has a proven track record, and then innate human response.

I point out that the conclusions and observations that I made back in ’89 – and first observed where my vowels wanted to turn over – required that I had seen a voice science chart of first formant locations. The scientists didn’t tell me that.  It took someone in a voice studio dealing with voices all the time to observe that.  So, it’s really a very important dialog we need to have.

And to this day, for example the things I’m doing in my application of [Ian Howell’s] work, I’m not getting from voice scientists.  It’s coming from pedagogues.  But it’s totally grounded in information that the voice scientists supplied us with.  They’re playing a vital role.

-Ken Bozeman, Interviews on Voice Matters (34:41)

Which lead me to say further along in the interview, “we need each other.”  Just like a happy, functional tribe, we work better together.  We get more accomplished together.  We are better able to help each other – together.

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Vocology and Finding Common Ground

“Maybe we have more in common than we ever thought.”
~Ingo Titze
“Interviews on Voice Matters,” Nov. 24, 2015

In a recent interview with Dr. Ingo Titze, Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech, we discussed a wide array of subjects.  My favorite part of the interview revealed an idea worthy of it’s own post.

What is the greatest value of science, especially as it pertains to the voice?

Dr. Titze explains:

Liz: What are your dreams for the future of vocology?

Dr. Titze: Well the first thing that I see happening is that the science, even though it’s designed to present facts and give information, I think it’s greater value is bringing together people from different camps of voice training that were very suspicious of each other and hardly talked to each other before.  Because now they can both say, “well, science helps me figure out what I do, but it also helps me figure out what the other person does.  And maybe we have more in common than we ever thought.

Thank you, Dr. Titze, for helping pioneer the field of Vocology.  The world is a better place because of your work and spirit.  And maybe we will find, over time, we all have more in common than we ever thought – both as voice professionals and human beings.

Below is a full version of the interview, and below that, a listing of the subjects covered in chronological order.  I hope you gain inspiration and insight from Dr. Titze’s story and his vision for the future of voice science.

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