how the voice works

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Tongue

It’s time for part two of our Spotlight on Anatomy about the tongue. A few weeks ago, we detailed the muscles that make up the tongue root in this post. Today, we’re going to be talking about the muscles

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Spotlight on Anatomy: Your Vocal Cords…Not Originally For Your Voice

The good 'ole vocal cords.

The good ‘ole vocal cords.

In today’s Spotlight on Anatomy blog we’re back to talking about the good ‘ole vocal cords. Today however, the blog is really a ‘Spotlight on Physiology,’ because we’re going to talk about function rather than …

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Spotlight on Anatomy: The Larynx

In today’s Spotlight on Anatomy we’re going to be talking about the larynx, the organ in the throat commonly called the voice box. The larynx houses the vocal folds (the vocal cords), which are the origin of vibration in the

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Why You Should Learn How Your Voice Works

This is a special blog from Elissa in honor of the launch of her new online class, How Your Voice Works.

Let’s go back to the moment of birth…

Your mother is in labor. You’re slowly making your way down …

By |November 27th, 2015|Vocal Health Tips|Comments Off on Why You Should Learn How Your Voice Works

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Shoulder Girdle

In today’s Spotlight on Anatomy we’re going to be talking about the shoulder girdle: the skeletal structure of the shoulder.

The shoulder girdle consists of three bones:

  • The clavicle, also known as the collarbone
  • The scapula, also known as the
By |October 16th, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|Comments Off on Spotlight on Anatomy: The Shoulder Girdle

What to do when you’ve got laryngitis

It’s fall and the beginning of cold season looms before us, so it’s time to talk about laryngitis!

Laryngitis occurs when the vocal folds and surrounding laryngeal tissues become inflamed due to a virus, irritation, and/or overuse. Symptoms range from

By |October 1st, 2015|Vocal Health Tips|Comments Off on What to do when you’ve got laryngitis

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Vocal Folds

Today in our Spotlight on Anatomy blog we’re going to focus on the vocal folds. The vocal folds, also commonly referred to as vocal cords, are in our throat right behind our Adam’s apple inside the protective shield of …

By |September 16th, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|1 Comment

The Bernoulli Effect: the Physics Behind Your Vocal Folds

Today we’re gonna talk about physics. Yes, we know, we usually talk about anatomy! However today is a departure because understanding this one very simple concept about the physics of the voice will allow you to speak or sing with …

By |August 21st, 2015|Vocal Health Tips|4 Comments

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Sternocleidomastoid (the sexy neck muscle!)

Today’s Spotlight on Anatomy blog is focused on the sternocleidomastoid muscle, one of the most prominent muscles of the neck.

That’s a pretty long name for a muscle, which is why it’s often abbreviated and called the SCM. To understand …

By |July 23rd, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|Comments Off on Spotlight on Anatomy: The Sternocleidomastoid (the sexy neck muscle!)

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Temporalis Muscle

Today in our Spotlight on Anatomy blog series, we’re focusing on the temporalis muscle, a muscle very involved in the action of the jaw. In this previous blog post we talked about the masseter muscle, which is our primary jaw …

By |June 30th, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|Comments Off on Spotlight on Anatomy: The Temporalis Muscle