Matt Edwards

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

Mix it up Monday: Straw phonation explained by the man who made it famous – Dr. Ingo Titze

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Ingo ReneeIt seems like everyone is using straw phonation and for good reason – it works. However, do you know why it works? Today, I am sharing a series of videos produced by the National Center for Voice and Speech featuring Dr. Ingo Titze and Karin Titze Cox explaining the details. The videos are posted in order below, beginning with the video that made straws famous.

Tutorial #1

Tutorial #2

Tutorial #3

Do you use straws in your own teaching? If so, you can contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below. If you are not already following the blog, you can sign-up below to receive an email each time there is a new post. As always, thank you for reading and have a great week of teaching! ~ Matt


5 comments on “Mix it up Monday: Straw phonation explained by the man who made it famous – Dr. Ingo Titze

  1. debramannmusic
    October 30, 2017

    Thanks, Matt. However, I am unable to open the videos.




  2. Elizabeth Moss
    October 31, 2017

    Thank you, Matt. This is so incredibly helpful!


  3. bernalopera
    November 26, 2017

    I see value in this exercise, as it helps reduce air pressure in the vocal tract. However, in my teaching practice I try to steer students away from the notion that singing is about blowing air at all. If the student thinks “I take air in – I push it out” it is still pushing, event though the straw opening is very small. I use ng exercise instead.


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