Music Performance

The Science Of Singing

The human voice is the oldest musical instrument. But how exactly does it work? Voice training is a lot more complicated than you might think, and in this podcast, opera singer Matthan Ring Black discusses why. A baritone with decades of experience as a performer, Matthan gets into the science behind how the human voice works, with some bonus insights into the worlds of vocal pedagogy and opera.

Matthan has performed in venues around the world and in several Chicago premieres, including the world premiere of Gregory Spears' "Jason and the Argonauts" with the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Lyric Unlimited. He is also a founding member of Chicago Fringe Opera and is collaborating with composer Ross Crean for the international recording of his new opera, "The Great God Pan." Stream or download the podcast using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Gretta.

Opera Sings Louder Than Words

Bringing his expertise from multiple music and opera degrees and more than 20 years of experience performing internationally, Matthan discusses:

  • The qualities that make a person a "good" singer.
  • The science behind how singers utilize their entire bodies to affect the music they're producing.
  • How a person can learn to sing skillfully.
  • Why vocal pedagogy matters and how it can teach people how to protect their voice.
  • The difference in vocal techniques between singers of opera, rock and roll, and other genres of music.
  • How to take care of your voice so you don't harm it.
  • The science behind the way singing and hearing both involve the use of your entire body – not just your vocal cords and ears.

Plus, learn what drew Matthan to the world of opera and why he recommends checking it out. Click here to follow along with a written transcript of this episode (and share clips with your friends).

Podcast Show Notes And Related Links

Baritone Matthan Ring Black

About the Curiosity Podcast: Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each episode features experts in every field who explain why their knowledge is important and why you should care. Developed as an audio companion to the existing Curiosity experience, you'll learn about your brain and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will share their curiosity to help you understand the world better.

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