jeremy n  Manternach crop“Why do I sound like me?” is a question we may all ask.

Jeremy N. Manternach, an assistant professor of music education (choral/vocal) at UA, will discuss that question in a 3:30 p.m. lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy on Wednesday (Sept. 18).

As part of his studies in choral pedagogy, Manternach has researched how each person’s own oral and cranial physiology process the acoustic energy generated in the voice box. The result imparts a “voice print” as unique as our fingerprints.

In his words, “Each human voice is so distinctive that our friends can identify us without even seeing our faces. Yet the differences in our vocal cords do not fully account for our vocal individuality.”

His lecture will provide an accessible look at the vocal anatomy and acoustics that make each of our voices unique by examining the question, “Why do I sound like me?”

Manternach received his Ph.D. from The University of Kansas in 2012 in Music Education/Choral Pedagogy. In his current position at UA, he teaches Introduction to Music Education, Methods and Techniques for Secondary Choral Music, Advanced Studies in Music Teaching: Science-Based Voice Education, and Introduction to Music Education Research.

He also organizes and conducts the University of Arizona Wildcat Outreach Choir and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing.

Submitted by Fritz Reinagel, Academy Village Volunteer

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Ever Wonder ‘Why Do I Sound Like Me?’: Sept. 2013