The purpose of the course is to provide an understanding of how the vocal mechanism functions. This includes a study of vocal anatomy and physiology, as well as acoustical properties. We will develop a basis for evaluation of the singing voice in preparation for future teaching, as well as assessing one's own voice. We will study respiration, phonation, resonance, registration, and articulation. We will also study issues such as vocal health, vocal hygiene, and voice disorders that arise from misuse or abuse of the voice. Students will have supervised teaching experience as part of the course.