Vocal Acoustics for Dummies

Instructor: Dr. Julia Nielsen

When: Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Dr. Nielsen’s Studio, San Francisco, CA

Fee: $70 for studio members, $80 for non-members, $60 if prepaid by August 1

Description: 

Have you ever wondered:

  • Why a single singer can be heard over a full orchestra?
  • Why some vowels seem extra helpful at certain pitches?
  • Why “ah” is your least favorite vowel?
  • What the “singer’s formant” is?
  • What a passaggio actually is, anyway?

In your singing, would you like to find:

  • Extra volume for free? An internal microphone?
  • The right vowel for every pitch?
  • Consistent resonance that will help your voice carry, without pushing breath pressure?

Vocal acoustics can provide answers to all of these questions. But while this growing area of study is fascinating, it can seem hopelessly complex and technical to the novice–or even to the seasoned professional. If you’ve ever tried to read about concepts like vowel formants, harmonics, or formant tuning, and found your eyes glazing over…Vocal Acoustics for Dummies is for you!

Julia has spent years studying, reading, and questioning, in an attempt to penetrate the dense thicket of information on vocal acoustics. As a singer who was formerly bewildered by this subject, but who has finally brought mental order to the chaos, Julia will present vocal acoustics concepts in a clear, straightforward, and digestible manner. No advanced mathematics degree necessary!

Singers will leave the workshop with a rudimentary understanding of:

  • Formants, harmonics, and how they interact
  • The relationship between vowels and formants
  • Passive vs. active vowel modification, closed vs. open timbre
  • How to use this knowledge to boost your vocal resonance

Registration: Please contact Dr. Julia Nielsen to reserve a spot.