Vocal self-rapport

The ability to relate to one’s voice and to hear and experience it insightfully. Vocal self-rapport includes being self-aware of pitch, effort level, quality, loudness, etc. Accomplished singers may have exquisite vocal self-rapport, being able to match pitch and be aware of vowel color, larynx position in the neck, and other kinesthetic feedback. At the other end of the spectrum, a small percentage of individuals have remarkably limited vocal self-rapport. Such individuals may not be able to match pitch. In addition, they may not even perceive the difference between an upward and downward vocal siren.

For a clinician, assessing the vocal capabilities of a patient without vocal self-rapport can be difficult, because such a patient may not be able to respond correctly to elicited vocal tasks which could otherwise reveal vocal limitations or aberrations. Furthermore, it can be difficult for a speech/voice therapist to shape or modify inappropriate voice production because, though the patient’s hearing may be normal, he or she may yet struggle to “hear” with any insight. That is, the patient can struggle to understand what is being asked of them during speech therapy, or to identify whether or not changes he or she makes to voice production are on target.