Thu 18.09.2014 - 08:15-08:45 - Martin Krpan

The Hidden Talent of Human Voice  Demonstration

Presenter: Nataša Nahtigal
Author(s): Nataša Nahtigal, (Natasa Nahtigal Vocal Studio), Katarina Habe, (Faculty of Education, University of Maribor)

The purpose of the demonstration is to introduce hidden dimensions of human voice and show useful ways of developing our vocal talent. The latter is not only valuable to singers and speakers, but for anyone who wants to express themselves authentically and assertive and wants to maintain the quality of her/his voice.
Voice is the most primal reflection of our personality. Knowledge about the psychological and physiological functioning of our voice benefits our physical health and mental and emotional balance, while reinforcing self-confidence and improving the ability to communicate. All sounds, that we produce and use, steer and shape our identity.
Voice is a unique musical instrument, which carries multi-faceted dimensions of an individual's physical and mental characteristics. If we want to use our vocal instrument in an effective and healthy way, we must first learn about its structure and working terms. By structure we mean a unique shape of the mouth, jaw, tongue, oral and nasal cavities.
In order to develop our vocal talent, we must learn to achieve balance in three key systems: breathing, vocal cords function and the pronunciation. Proper breathing is responsible for the right position of our voice box right cords function gives us right pitch and vocal quality and correct pronunciation, under which we think of the right shaping of our oral cavity, enables the optimum strength and resonance of our voice. 
The demonstration is designed for everybody who wants to know more about their voice, to explore the sound of their own voice, and consequently find their authentic voice and vocal talent. With the help of speech-vocal exercises, we will display various options of effective use of our vocal apparatus with an emphasis on balancing our own vocal expression. Presented skills will be useful in everyday communication and in specific areas of our professional domain.