Matt Edwards

Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Technology Thursday: Real-time MRI IPA Chart

New CCM Institue BannerScreen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.43.50 PM

Imagine if you could see every movement of the vocal tract that occurs when producing all of the vowels and consonants in the IPA chart. YOU CAN! The Speech Production and Articulation Knowledge Group at the University of Southern California has put together an incredible resource that is FREE and easily accessible online (click here to visit the site).


First, pick a “personality” at the bottom of the landing page. 

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 10.24.50 AM.png

Next, you will be presented with a chart that has the IPA symbols. 

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.43.06 PM

When you click on a symbol, the real-time MRI video pops up.

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.44.27 PM

Our high school and college students have grown up in an education system that is focused heavily on STEM. While the merits of this are debatable, these students do at least have an appreciation for science and technology. My experience has been that videos such as these are very interesting to them and can greatly improve their comprehension of the concepts I introduce during lessons.



2 comments on “Technology Thursday: Real-time MRI IPA Chart

  1. Pingback: Mix it up Monday: Strategies for reducing jaw tension | Matthew Edwards

  2. Pingback: Mix it up Monday: The Tongue Depressor | Matt Edwards

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on March 17, 2016 by in Constriction, Jaw, Misc. Thoughts, Technology Thursday, Tongue.

Ranked the #1 New Release in "Vocal and Singing" on (October 2014), "So You Want To Sing Rock 'N' Roll?" covers voice science, vocal health, technique, style, and how to find your artistic voice in a way that is beneficial to both singers and teachers. Order your copy today!

%d bloggers like this: