Anne Tarvainen (Ph.D.) is a Finnish researcher of singing and a vocal coach. She graduated in 2000 as an ethnomusicologist (M.A.) from the University of Tampere, Department of Music Anthropology. She finished her doctoral thesis on singer's expression in 2012.
At the moment, she is working on her post-doctoral study on the aesthetic body awareness of Deaf, tone-deaf, and vocally disordered amateur singers. She is conducting her research in the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the University of Tampere. The project is funded by the Kone Foundation (2018-2020).
Anne has taught pop, rock, and jazz singing since 1998. She has taught voice maintenance, relaxing voice and voice improvisation in different learning institutions since 2001. She has developed a method of Voicefulness® that was launched in 2017.
Anne is also a singer-songwriter, and she makes her own music under the alias Aava Uusikuu. She also performs as a voice improvisation artist. She has a small record label Astrofon with producer Jouni Korhonen.
Postdoctoral study: The Feel of Singing – Aesthetic Body Awareness in the Vocal Experiences of Deaf, Tone-deaf, and People with Vocal Disorders (2018-)
Singing can be considered an essential extent of human expression. However, socio-cultural norms in our Western culture determine what kind of singing is acceptable and what is not. People are divided into those who can sing and those who can’t. Singing is advisable only for those who can. In this research, I will examine amateur singers whose singing does not meet the requirements of “good singing” – and whose possibilities to express themselves vocally are therefore socially diminished. I will argue that the singing voice should not be the only factor that determines whether the singing is aesthetically valuable or not. The aesthetic potential of singing is connected not only to the vocal sounds as an auditive phenomenon but also to the bodily sensations as a proprioceptive and interoceptive phenomenon. Traditionally, proprioceptive inner-body sensations have not been considered as potentially aesthetic experiences. Despite that, I will argue that in addition to hearing, proprioception is a significant part of the aesthetic experience in singing.
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Doctoral thesis: Singer's Voice and Expression – A Bodily Approach to Listening to a Singer, Using Björk as an Example (2012, in Finnish)What is singer’s expression and how can it be approached? How does a listener understand a singer’s expression through his/her own body? What is the relationship between the singer’s expression and the singer’s voice? These were the primary questions of this research. The starting point of this study was the notion that to sing is to move. Without movement, there would be no sound. A listener can sense the singer’s expression and understand it through the proprioceptive, inner sensitivity of his own body. Therefore singer’s expression can actually “move” or “touch” the listener. This “being moved” can be felt as a sensation of movement or change in the proprioception of the body. The analytic and empathic listening methods were developed in this study to examine singer’s voice and expression phrase by phrase in its micro level. The voice of Icelandic singer Björk was used as an example.
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Reading in English
Democratizing Singing: Somaesthetic Reflections on Vocality, Deaf Voices, and Listening (article 2018). Pragmatism Today vol. 9, no. 1, Summer 2018, 91-108. http://www.pragmatismtoday.eu/summer2018/Democratizing-Singing-Somaesthetic-Reflections-on-Vocality-Deaf-Voices-and-Listening-Anne-Tarvainen.pdf
Singing, Listening, Proprioceiving: Some Reflections on Vocal Somaesthetics (book chapter, 2018). In Shusterman Richard (ed.) Aesthetic Experience and Somaesthetics. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 120-142. (Studies in Somaesthetics 1). https://brill.com/abstract/title/35008
Deaf Girl Singing “Someone Like You” – Vocal Somaesthetic Perspective to Singing and Vocal Norms (conference paper, 2017). Abstract: http://annetarvainen.fi/dokumentit/deaf-girl-singing-2017-abstract.pdf | Powerpoint: http://annetarvainen.fi/dokumentit/deaf-girl-singing-2017-powerpoint.pdf
Vocal somaesthetics as a way to democratize the use of human voice (conference paper, 2017). Abstract: http://annetarvainen.fi/dokumentit/Vocal-somaesthetics-as-a-way-to-democratize-2017-abstract.pdf | Powerpoint: http://annetarvainen.fi/dokumentit/Vocal-somaesthetics-as-a-way-to-democratize-2017-powerpoint.pdf
Voice Improvisation as a Research Method (conference paper, 2012). Abstract: http://www.annetarvainen.fi/dokumentit/voice-improvisation-as-a-research-method-2012-abstract.pdf | Powerpoint (pdf): http://www.annetarvainen.fi/dokumentit/voice-improvisation-as-a-research-method-2012.pdf
Empathetic listening: Toward a bodily-based understanding of a singer's vocal interpretation (article, 2008). http://www.annetarvainen.fi/dokumentit/empathetic-listening.pdf
See the comprehensive list of publications here: https://solecris.uta.fi/crisyp/disp/_/fi/cr_redir_all/fet/fet/sea?direction=3&id=-52412
Vocal coachingAnne teaches vocal and bodily awareness. She has developed a method of Voicefulness®. Anne has taught people of all skill levels: professional and amateur singers, teachers, kindergarten teachers and people with vocal disorders. Her main aim as a teacher is to provide a safe and relaxing environment for anyone to explore and experiment the possibilities of one’s own voice.
MusicAnne writes songs in Finnish as well as in English. Her album Aava Uusikuu: Vedessä