Basic Vocal Technique
- Introductory Vocal Anatomy and Physiology
- Principles of Body Alignment
- Breathing and Breath Management
- Communicative Intent
Introductory Vocal Anatomy and Physiology
Thyroarytenoid Muscles – paired abductor and adductor muscles that open and close the glottis (pull the vocal folds together and apart); also relax and shorten the vocal ligament, creating lower pitches.
Cricothyroid Muscle – causes the thyroid cartilage to tip forward when contracted, tensing and elongating the vocal folds, creating higher pitches.