We had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Dr. Zhaoyan Zhang, Professor-in-Residence, Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA, to lead our Trainer Exclusive Research Report on January 26th.

In a groundbreaking new study, Dr. Zhang and his team of researchers have connected vocal fold models with the Estill Voice Training Figures, providing new insight into how these models can be used to improve vocal training techniques.

Dr. Zhang sought to bridge this gap by creating a mathematical model of the vocal folds and comparing it to the movements and positions of the Estill Voice Training Figures. They found that the model was able to accurately simulate the movements of the vocal folds in response to changes in muscle tension and airflow.

By connecting these two systems, Dr. Zhang and his team believe that vocal trainers can gain a deeper understanding of how the vocal folds work and how to train them effectively. This could lead to improved techniques for singers, actors, and public speakers, as well as new therapies for people with vocal fold disorders.

“This research represents an important step forward in our understanding of how the voice works,” said Dr. Zhang. “By connecting these two systems, we can unlock new insights into the mechanics of the vocal folds and develop more effective training techniques for people of all ages and abilities.”

We have invited Dr. Zhang to come back in April for a Q & A with our Trainers and to continue working through his research with us.

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