(PRWEB) June 27, 2012
Voice teachers from across the U.S. will soon have the opportunity to learn how they can incorporate biofeedback into their voice studios. While EMG data has been utilized as a research tool by voice scientists studying the act of singing for decades, it has not been widely employed as a training or clinical tool in the voice studio.
Dr. Kirkpatrick is the inventor of a patented method for teaching the lower laryngeal position in singing using electromyographic (EMG) biofeedback and is the architect of the Limited Edition Voice suite, recently launched by the BFE-LFB program. The software is designed for use with the world-leading ProComp Infiniti system manufactured by Thought Technology Ltd. In the suite, Dr Adam Kirkpatrick makes available his experience and knowledge to the novice to complement his established voice teaching method and exciting research.
Biofeedback and Music
Lawrence Klein, Vice President at Thought Technology, the company that manufactures the Infiniti system, was asked for his comments on other uses of biofeedback in the world of music. “When McGill University required a wireless audience response system to measure affective response to live music in both the musicians and their audiences they chose the Infiniti system over all other competitive systems.” For more information on how the system is used http://www.thoughttechnology.com/pdf/Mcgill%20Ad%208.pdf
Dr. Kirkpatrick chose the same system to pursue research on the importance of lower laryngeal position and EMG Biofeedback for singing. Using three measures: surface electromyography (SEMG), laryngeal movement and spectrographic software, Dr. Kirkpatrick can assess the quality of sung tone and ways to improve it. The Voice software suite is expected to be used in the future to also measure brainwave activity in performing artists.
About Dr. Adam Kirkpatrick
Dr. Adam Kirkpatrick is an associate professor of music at Kennesaw State University, where he is head of the voice department. He has sung operatic roles and concerts professionally in many theaters throughout the United States, singing with the: Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Tri-Cities Opera (NY), Dayton Opera, Florida State Opera, Knoxville Symphony, Newton Symphony (MA), Tallahassee Symphony, LaGrange Symphony (GA), Cobb Symphony (GA), Northwest Florida Symphony, and more. Dr. Kirkpatrick is the inventor of a patented new method for teaching the lower laryngeal position in singing using electromyographic (EMG) biofeedback and is the architect of the BioGraph Infiniti voice training software suite available through the BFE-LFB online shop. He is the leader of the BFE-Voice International Research & Education Project team that receives financial support from the Biofeedback Federation CIC, a non-profit organization located in the United Kingdom.
Online Education and Training
This fall, Dr. Kirkpatrick will be presenting a live online Voice Master Class with students from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Dr Kirkpatrick has used his sEMG method of training on over 100 different singers, and found it to be useful in improving tone quality in almost every case. It is really most beneficial for those singing unamplified music in a classical style. Students and online participants will learn how to minimize the risk of interference from surrounding muscles in sEMG. Dr Kirkpatrick will demonstrate the careful placement of electrodes. The interactive format of this 1-hour session will allow participants to make the most of Dr. Kirkpatrick’s Voice software. For more information contact the BFE-Voice team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the BFE-LFB (Learn From the Best) Program
The BFE-LFB program provides continuing education via conferences, seminars, workshops, internet courses, and software for professionals around the world. Content is developed independently by International Research & Education Project teams. Financial support comes from the Biofeedback Federation CIC, a non-profit Community Interest Corporation located in the UK. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop. The next BFE Annual Conference , their sixteenth, is scheduled to take place September 11-15, 2012 in Rzeszów, Poland.
BFE Education Manager