2023-2024 / LOGO0018-2

Evaluation and management of singing voice disorders


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in speech and language therapy (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Dominique Morsomme

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The prerequisite for this course is LOGO0019-1: Voice assessments and speech & language therapy techniques for the treatment of dysphonia.

It is composed of three parts : The first one focuses on listening to voices with no complaints or disorders, then dysphonic and dysodic voices (disorders of the singing voice). Students will be trained to distinguish between these types of voices, grade their quality according to perceptual scales, and compare them per pair. The second part focuses on the singer's vibrato and formant. We shall define the singer's vibrato and formant using a theoretical then perceptual approach. The third part concerns voice harmonization. This may seem to have nothing to do with the treatment of dysodia. And yet, the prerequisites for the treatment of dysodia serve in the treatment of voices seeking voice harmonization. This is why this part is included in this course.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course aims to :

  • Teach students about the difficulties encountered during the perceptual assessment, how to avoid the pitfalls and aim at making an objective analysis.

  • Give students the possibility of assessing and offering treatment plans to patients who are singers and those seeking vocal harmonization.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Logo 0019 is a prerequisite to Logo 0018.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course requires the students' presence. It is taught using slides. The course includes numerous sound extracts for illustrative purposes. In addition, the part concerning treatment is illustrated with videos showing patients undergoing treatment. It is forbidden to record or film classes as this would break the basic code of ethics protecting the patients. The teacher is open to questions from the students and the classes are interactive. Hence, classes can vary from one year to the next.

Recommended or required readings

Students are given a reading list that can vary from one year to the next. It includes works associated with the singing voice and vocal harmonization. It also includes articles written in English dealing with research and studies conducted in all of the abovementioned sections.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

The exam consists of open-ended questions that are essentially reflective. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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