Sounding Self: Vocality, Identity, and Performance

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Sounding Self: Vocality
Spring 2023
Taught By: Nick Hallett
Section: AX

CRN: 11935

Credits: 4

This seminar serves as an introduction to the field of voice studies, which makes use of critical theory, sociology, linguistics, cultural studies, and acting/singing technique to create deeper awareness of both the interiority and exteriority of the human voice.  The semester begins with an investigation of musical acoustics and biomechanics of the human larynx, which is applied towards the development of skills that aid in greater awareness and communication of the authentic self. Students design their own theoretical and applied frameworks through methods that privilege orality—recitation, discussion leadership, and creative expression.  Case studies of unique artists who push the boundaries of vocalism are considered within metaphors of finding one’s voice that engage both the sonic and proverbial.  Research topics include the acousmatics of race, sexuality, and gender; undoing voice bias in the performing arts; entanglements of the treble range in music (opera, gospel, pop); disembodied sound; and the effects of technology on our voices.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:56pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 050
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023