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Looking for informational/engaging video: the human voice

I teach an 8th grade general music class and we are in the middle of our "voice unit". We are singing a lot but I'd like to show a video or short film about the singing voice. Any suggestions?
on April 10, 2015 9:18am
Hi Melissa,
On youtube there are great videos done by laryngologist Dr. Thomas.  His website is if I remember correctly.  Also, you can purchase videos from The Voice Foundation.   Possibly also contact the New York Singing Teachers Association for info.
Zoe Vandermeer
on April 10, 2015 7:31pm
Good on you, Melissa, for doing your "voice unit" and for wanting to show a voice video to your students! Other repliers will have suggestions for videos you can obtain for this year's general music class. My suggestion is related to a very special video that you could use to educate all your general music and choral classes in future years.
For your consideration:
July 9 - 16 are the dates for a 2015 summer course during which you can create your own voice video to show to all of your general music and choral/voice students. It will "blow their minds" and raise their respect for you even higher than it already is.
You can make a DVD that shows movements of your own larynx, vocal folds, lower pharynx, and soft palate as you do various vocal tasks that reveal what voices do when singing, speaking, whispering, laughing, clearing throat, and coughing. It would show what happens on the inside: (a) when vocal sound is initiated (phonation) in three different ways on any vowel, (b) when vocal folds are lengthened and shortened to raise and lower pitches, (c) when vocal folds are pressed into each other with greater and lesser intensity to create stronger and softer volumes, as well as crescendi and dimenuendi, (d) when vocal folds are incompletely closed to create a breathy voice quality; are pressed into each other with too much force to create a pressed-edgy voice quality; and when they are closed optimally to create a firm/clear/mellow/warm voice quality, (e) when vocal folds are coordinated efficiently to create upper and lower registers and their transitions, (f) when the larynx is lowered too much, raised too much, and when it is allowed to continue in approximately its at-rest location, as well as what those laryngeal locations do to voice quality, (g) when speaking, whispering, throat-clearing, coughing, and (g) when your soft palate lowers for nasal consonants and raises on all other consonants and vowels.
In interesting and "fun" ways, the course presents the anatomical and functional information that is needed by a teacher to explain what is happening on the video, plus a wealth of information about voice health and protection, ways to help students sing and speak with vocal efficiency, ways to conduct choral singers that invite optimum vocal efficiency, and ways to interact with students over time so they want to sing for the rest of their lives because they love it. The course's book is an "encyclopedia" of voice knowledge and practice, and it provides the science-based evidence that backs up the knowledge and practice.
The course is named "Bodymind and Voice" and it has been presented by The VoiceCare Network for about 35 years. The book is Bodymind and Voice: Foundations of Voice Education and was published by VoiceCare and the National Center for Voice and Speech. Info about the course and the book can be found at: 
Be well, Melissa, and keep up the good work that you do!
on April 13, 2015 8:59am
In my 3rd-6th grade classes, I have shown three very short youtube videos (1-2 minutes each), entitled:
1.  Anatomical Tutorial During Trans-Nasal Endoscopy.  (Looking down the throat at larynx.)
2.  Ken Stevens X-ray Film.  (Side view of mouth, tongue, throat, palate, larynx.)
3.  Vowels Robot Takanishi.  (A robotic head that produces various vowel sounds when the throat is manipulated.)
I also at one time found a series of x-ray photos of a Tuvan throat singer, showing the change in throat shape which produces the various overtones while minimizinig the fundamental, but apparently I did not write that source down.
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