Vocology Certificate

Vocology provides marketable skills for singers, private voice teachers, speech-language pathologists, broadcasters and other professional voice users.  The burgeoning interest in vocology is evidenced by the recent establishment of the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA) in 2013. Dr. Nandhu Radhakrishnan, associate professor at Lamar University, and Ms. Abigail Dueppen, instructor at Lamar University, are voting members.

Vocology is the study and practice of voice habilitation. Vocology is a discipline founded in theoretical principles; however, it is a relatively new field that was established in 1989. The purpose of the Vocology Certificate Program is to train vocologists. Our program includes a cutting-edge theoretical and applied curriculum, which places our students on the forefront of this emerging, relevant field. This innovative program connects speech science, speech anatomy and physiology, vocal performance pedagogy, instrumentation and vocal habilitation through interdisciplinary efforts. Lamar University is uniquely suited to offer this certificate because of our historically strong programs in Music and Speech and Hearing Sciences, faculty who are trained specialists in our curriculum and a Voice Lab and Vocology Clinic.

The Voice Lab and Vocology Clinic allows students to acquire foundational knowledge of acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism, correlate physiology to auditory perception, analyze and interpret information, and incorporate this knowledge into their own intervention/teaching. While qualified vocologists may not require or use the equipment in their practice/studio, this coursework and lab experience provides essential practical knowledge about voice production and enables them to be exceptional collaborators with interdisciplinary professionals. The Voice Lab and Vocology Clinic at Lamar University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is equipped with technology that meets the current standards of voice analysis including: MultiSpeech, Speech software from Tiger DRS, Inc., Aerodynamic Systems from Glottal Enterprises and Laryngeal Strobe.

The Lamar University Vocology Certificate Program is offered as a hybrid online/residency program. The certificate coursework consists of a total of 6, 8-week, online courses with a flexible schedule, culminating with a 2-week on-campus residency. The online component affords students the flexibility to complete the certificate program as their schedule allows. 

The application for the Vocology Certificate Program will be available here, through our website, beginning September 1, 2018. The first day of online classes will begin on January 22, 2019. To begin the application process, please click HERE.

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For more information, please contact the Director of the Vocology Certificate Program, Ms. Abigail Dueppen at adueppen@lamar.edu or 409-880-8176.