Voice Training and Therapy Using Tubes
Anne-Maria Laukkanen, PhD
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Phonation through a tube with the distal end either in air or submerged in water has been used for a long time in voice exercise and therapy tradition to improve vocal function and voice quality. The method has been applied to many types of voice disorders. The use of different kinds of tubes and straws in vocal exercising has become increasingly popular during the last two decades. The topic has also gained a growing international research interest. This lecture summarizes results of investigations on the effects of tube training methods and on principles behind the effects.
Bio: Anne-Maria Laukkanen, PhD, is a Finnish speech scientist and voice trainer. She is Professor of Speech Technique and Vocology at Tampere University, Tampere, and Docent of Vocology at the University of Oulu, Finland. Her main research interests are Voice quality in speech and singing, effects and bases of vocal exercises, effects and mechanisms of vocal loading, and applicability of various research methods in vocological research. Since the 1990s she has carried out multi-disciplinary investigations on the effects of semi-occlusions, like phonation into tubes, working in various international research groups.
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