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What is Vocology?

Vocology describes the field of Vocal Health. This word was coined by Dr. Ingo R. Titze and he defines it as, “The science and practice of voice habilitation… Habilitation is the process of enabling, equipping for, or capacitating. Habilitation means more than just repairing a voice.” Many disciplines work together to further the habilitation of voice users worldwide, including:

  • Vocal Science & Research
  • Vocal Pedagogy & Training
  • Vocal Therapy & Medical Interventions


What is a Vocologist?

A Vocologist is someone with special “training in vocal arts and sciences… and a considerable amount of education in normal voice production and instrumentation for voice.” This can include:

  • Voice Scientists & Researchers
  • Highly trained Singing or Acting Voice Teachers & Coaches
  • Singing Voice Specialists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists with a specialty in the voice
  • Laryngologists (ENT doctors with specific and specialized training in Vocal Health)
  • Phonosurgeons.


How do I find a Vocologist?

If you are experiencing a problem with your voice, seeing a Vocologist is an excellent place to start. Click here for my Beginners Guide to Finding Expert Voice Care. You can also find out more about The Voice and Vocal Health by reading my monthly blog posts.


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"A year after a voice injury (sustained through thyroid surgery), I was disheartened by changes in my voice and unsure how to improve. Doctors considered the changes permanent. But Joanna's expertise pinpointed the functional aspects of my voice that had been impacted, and she had not only solutions to recover the capacity of my voice, but gave me manageable and clear steps to follow to get there. Her guidance included exercises to restore my voice, the reassurance of restoration she gained through lived experience, and referrals to other voice team specialists to round out my recovery. I'm exceptionally grateful for her insight and skill."
"I’ve been doing a series of voice lessons with Joanna over Skype, and she has helped me with finding different aspects of my voice to use, as well as helping me expand my range and being more comfortable and confident using my higher registers and head-voice.  It’s been super helpful and exciting to expand my emotional voice palette! Joanna is a great, super supportive teacher, and the Skype format has worked really great for us. Highly recommended!"
"Joanna is a wonderful vocal teacher who works together with you to discover your singing voice. A very accomplished artist, she also has the requisite education and experience to expertly guide you through vocal technique and musicianship. But, what really makes Joanna stand out is her ability to adapt the lessons to each student based on their needs and interests. Ultimately, she understands that singing is a brave pursuit and thanks to her, I now have the confidence to sing my heart out."
"I just had a lesson with Joanna and it was wonderful! Don't let the idea of it being over Skype throw you off, she has a fantastic ear. But importantly, she made me feel welcomed, not judged, and that it really was possible to sing after not singing for a decade. Our session was fun, informative, and so encouraging. I ended up singing to myself all day afterwards - part of that was due to the 90's earworm we grooved to at the end, I'm sure! Thank you Joanna!"
"Joanna is a wonderful teacher and had the unique way of working with my voice from its current state and helping me build from there. I discovered my range, my strong areas and where I can improve. I found her teaching style accessible, encouraging and simplified for a beginner. I also was challenged in the right ways to find my next level of development."
"Joanna brings a wonderful mix of knowledge, experience and warmth that I think makes her a fantastic choice as a vocal teacher. Through a supportive environment she will help you reach those important vocal insights as a singer and yet still provide the appropriate encouragement to keep reaching for your absolute best. I highly recommend her to any who wish to improve their voice as a singer and to just have a great time doing so!"
"Joanna is a pleasure. She has so much enthusiam for voice and her joy is infectious! When exercising my voice she takes the time to explain concepts that are new to me while simultaneously flowing through the class time to allow as much singing time as possible. She gives me space to bring out what is naturally inside me, while gently guiding me to be aware for myself of the differences in tone I’m producing for each sound. I’m very grateful for the space she holds for me in her listening and her application of what is very obviously years of experience and expertise in this field. Thank you Joanna!"