Muscles and structures of voice

I searched Twitter for #voice #speech and came up with this great link to a PDF of a slideshow by Berkeley’s Keith Johnson for his linguistics 110 course. It features images of anatomical structures involved in breathing and voicing (aka “phonation”) that nicely shows how the intercostal muscles work during breathing and the intrinsic muscles of the larynx work during sounding. Of course what the slides leave out is the expert storytelling a lecturer does to accompany such slides. I have a website dedicated to anatomy and physiology of the voice which you can (dare I say should?) check out at the Journey of the Voice. Enjoy!

Eric Armstrong is the voiceguy. Eric is a dialect, voice, speech and text coach based in Toronto, Canada, where he normally teaches full-time at York University’s Dept. of Theatre. Eric has been teaching voice for the actor full-time since 1994, and has taught in Canada and the US, at the University of Windsor, Brandeis University, Roosevelt University, Canada's National Voice Intensive and York University. He has worked for nationally and internationally recognized companies such as Crow’s Theatre, Volcano, SoulPepper, & Canadian Stage in Toronto, and The Court Theatre and Steppenwolf in Chicago. Eric holds a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal) in Theatre Performance, and an MFA from York University (Toronto) in Acting. His mentors were David Smukler (York, Canada’s National Voice Intensive) and Andrew Wade (Royal Shakespeare Company). He has also studied at the Drama Studio, London, and Il Stage Internazzionale di Commedia dell’Arte in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He’s a long time member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, where he has served on the board, as a conference planner, photo editor for the Voice and Speech Review, Founding Director of Technology and Internet Services, and has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, essays and reviews for the VASTA Newsletter, the VASTA Voice, and The Voice and Speech Review.

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