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  Summer Vocology Institute 

The Summer Vocology Institute (SVI) is an intensive, efficient and innovative way to learn Vocology, the science and practice of voice habilitation. SVI is sponsored by the Utah Center for Vocology and the University of Utah.

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A vocologist is any person who habilitates vocal behavior - a speech-language pathologist, otolaryngologist, singing teacher, or voice coach. Vocology has evolved recently from inter-relationships between speech science, medicine, theatre training and vocal pedagogy. This is not widely taught in academic institutions as an independent discipline. At the present time, only the University of Utah has a formalized curriculum in Vocology, which is taught as a specialty track in speech-language pathology. Due to enrollment limitations, however, the program can only be offered to two or three vocology candidates per year.

In contrast to the limited supply of trained vocologists, the demand for their professional services is rising. Voice centers in the United States report an increasing caseload of patients needing the expertise of clinicians specially trained in voice. These people turn to voice centers either for rehabilitation and the return of functional voice or to benefit professionally from vocal habilitation by learning to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of their speaking voices.

The Summer Vocology Institute's philosophy combines high standards with flexibility. Just as vocology has evolved from a number of disciplines, participants from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered. Likewise, participants from various professional levels are welcomed. Students enrolled in graduate programs from any accredited institution are eligible and can earn graduate credits. Other participants will be those who have already earned their professional degrees, but would like to add vocology to their knowledge bases. SVI is open to interested individuals within the United States and abroad. Enrollment will be limited to ensure close interaction between faculty and course participants.

2022 Curriculum and Schedule

Block 1: June 6-24

Principles of Voice Production (3 semester credits)
Basic physical, physiological, and pedagogical principles are presented to help students understand professional, nonprofessional, and impaired voice production. Additional areas of exploration include: vocal anatomy, voice classification, control of loudness, pitch, register, and quality as well as efficient and inefficient use of voice.
*Note: This class is science based and may be difficult for those who have not taken math in a while. Please see the attached SVI Math Review document to determine if this course is right for you

Block 2: June 27-July 15

Instrumentation for Voice Analysis (2 semester credits)
The use of glottographic, videostroboscopic, electromyographic, aerodynamic, and acoustic analysis for assessment of vocal and respiratory function are presented. The use of these techniques in conjunction with perceptual evaluation of voice is also discussed.

Voice Habilitation (2 semester credits)
The application of methods of intervention is presented in the development, training, and habilitation of vocal behavior. Motor learning and the efficacy of treatment strategies are also taught. Finally, factors affecting compliance with recommended therapy are explored.

Block 3: July 18-29

Voice for Performers (2 semester credits)
A comparison of kinesthetic techniques for the singing/acting voice through a practical exploration of relaxation, posture, breathing, tone quality, diction, and interpretation. The student will gain an understanding of diverse methods of voice training in both singing and acting with practical application to their own voice use.

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Last Updated: 2/11/22