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A Tonguecentric Pedagogy: Reframing The Conversation About This Important Structure
With Kerrie Obert
Thursday 24th February At 5-7pm (UK Time)

The tongue is the most flexible structure in the vocal tract.

The pharynx, while not a square, does have four “sides” that include the back, two sides and the front.

The back wall is not moveable. The side walls can narrow and release to create high frequency energy (twang).

The front wall, the back of the tongue, is super flexible and can move in myriad ways!

It is the primary shaper of voice quality and can make or break a performer’s production.  The fourth “wall” is used to create ring and darkness, and is involved in control of vibrato rate. It shapes vowels and consonants and can fix or cause vocal problems. “Holy Moly,” what doesn’t it do?

I now believe it is the most important structure to learn about in singing and have shifted my pedagogical approach toward a “TongueCentric” one instead of one centered around the vocal folds.

After all, the folds are only a small portion of the overall sound created.

Join us for this “TongueCentric” course.

Kerry Obert Headshot

Kerrie Obert is a Speech Language Pathologist/Singing Health Specialist from Columbus, Ohio (USA). 

She is co-founder of Integrated Vocal Pedagogy and Executive Principal of, an online continuing education platform.

Ms. Obert spent nearly 20 years working as a part of an interdisciplinary team at The Ohio State University Voice & Swallowing Disorders Clinic where she performed thousands of endoscopies and conducted clinical research.

She remains an adjunct faculty member in Otolaryngology at OSU and is actively involved in on-going research to study twang, ring, false vocal folds, velum and ethnophonetics. 

She has co-authored four books on the voice and has presented internationally.

Thursday 24th February at 5-7pm
(UK time)

This course is free for Voice Study Centre's MA/PGCert students and £30 (VAT inclusive) otherwise.

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