Biofeedback Resources International Launch New Voice Software at AAPB in Baltimore

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The BFE is proud to announce the availability of a new software suite that incorporates the use surface electromyography in voice training.

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Dr. Adam Kirkpatrick

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 much anticipated March 10th launch of the BFE Limited Edition Voice Suite is expected to attract a large audience at the AAPB’s 43rd Annual Conference opening in Baltimore next month. Designed for the world-leading Infiniti biofeedback system manufactured in Canada, this specialized software includes a 43-page manual in which author Dr. Adam Kirkpatrick makes available his experience and knowledge to the novice to complement his established voice teaching method and exciting research. When asked about the suite, Harry Campbell, President of Biofeedback Resources International(BRI), a US distributor for the Infiniti system commented, “The Voice software is a really exciting product that opens the door for biofeedback practitioners across the country to help singers improve both performance and health. Recent tragedies in the lives of professional singers have made us all aware of the role of good health in maintaining a good voice.“

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

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.

Meet Dr. Adam Kirkpatrick at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Annual Conference

Dr. Kirkpatrick will demonstrate the system at the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) conference in July in Orlando, Florida. The conference is attended by 900 voice teachers from around the United States.
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.

Upcoming Voice Webinar

This 1-hour webinar presented by Pedro Teixeira, BFE SEMG Project Manager and recorded live from Portugal focuses on surface electromyography and state of the art biofeedback techniques and technology from the perspective of voice production and research. It provides an overview of the results of numerous studies on EMG biofeedback and voice by a variety of authors and shows how SEMG can be used to measure/ monitor the muscles involved. The content addresses the importance of posture and looks at some examples of voice in action and voice pathology. Some practical demonstrations of biofeedback techniques are shown. For more information contact the BFE-Voice team at redfluency(at)gmail(dot)com.

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.

Carol Meyers
BFE Education Manager


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