Jan G. Svec, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned Czech physicist performing basic research on production of human voice. He holds a MSc degree in fine mechanics and optics and PhD degrees in biophysics as well as in medical sciences. He worked as a research scientist at the Center for Communication Disorders (Medical Healthcom) in Prague, the Czech Republic, at the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, CO, USA and at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Currently he is at the Palacky University Olomouc, the Czech Republic and serves as an associate research scientist at the Voice and Hearing Centre Prague. In his free time, he is a jazz singer, guitar player and song composer.

In his work he combines information and interacts with researchers from many voice-related fields – laryngologists, engineers, physicists, singers, voice pedagogues, as well as voice therapists. He designed videokymography, the method for high-speed visualization of vocal-fold vibrations, which is used for advanced diagnosis of voice disorders as well as for research in singing voice. His broad research interests include acoustics, biomechanics, voice measurement methodology, singing voice, voice registers, detecting voice disorders through laryngeal vibrations, and more. He collaborates with numerous research teams and lectures worldwide.

Past Short Courses

Basics of Voice Acoustics for Voice Pedagogues
Thursday 26th October 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(London Time)

Basics of Voice Acoustics for Voice Pedagogues

Jan Svec

In this course, we will explain the basics of the acoustics of human voice. We will answer questions such as: What is sound? How can sound be investigated? We will shortly explain four basic characteristics of sound, i.e., fundamental frequency, sound spectrum, sound intensity and length, and their relationship to the perceived sound qualities, i.e., pitch, timbre, loudness and sound duration, respectively.