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Voice Research Center

Approved by the Ministry of Culture of the Peoples Republic of China, Voice Research Center was established in 1995 and attached to Music Science and Technology Division in 2002. The Center has insisted school's developing thoughts that the center should combine teaching, research, and service functions together all along. It combines principle of musical acoustics and surveying anatomical physiology with people's vocal practices. The Center focuses on serving the vocal teaching (such as assisting the vocal teacher to select textbook, to train students), making diagnosis of patients' voice disease and giving proper treatment, instructing vocalist and actors/actresses how to use voice scientifically. The Center has gained certain achievements on these aspects. 

Han Liyan, the director of the voice research center and Associate Professor of medicine, offered the course "anatomical physiology basis" for the students majoring in voice research in CCOM for many years. She also took a lead in offering course "voice mechanism and protection" for undergraduate students, graduate students and students for further studies in music conservatories to support vocal teaching in schools. The total number of the students attending her lectures has been to over one thousand for the past few years. Professor Han gives lectures in Tsinghua University, Peking University, Renmin University of China, Guangxi Arts Institute, Yunnan Arts University, the General Hospital (301 Hospital) of Chinese People's Liberation Army, Beijing Friendship Hospital. The contents include how to identify a "vocal instrument," how to use and protect the voice properly, etc. In August 2006 and August 2007, Professor Han was invited by International Cultural Exchange Center and Chao Haojian Vocal Training Center to give lectures in "the Spirit of Vocal" training program and Beijing International Vocal Master Class and was well received by attendees. In May 2007, Professor Han presented her paper "Maintaining Health of Artistic Voice" in the Forum of China Voice Medical Specialists and was received favorable comments.  

The Voice Research Center provides scientific methods on how to use voice to support vocal teaching. Besides voluntarily offering the voice testing video recordings for the admission work of Vocal and Opera Department every year, the faculty members also attend the admission work related to voice testing in Xu Beihong School of Arts of Renmin University of China, the Central University For Nationalities, Capital Normal University, Beijing Dance Academy, etc., and provide objective and scientific standards for the admissions. Every year, the center would provide voice testing reports over nine hundreds which could reduce the risk of prospective students to choose vocal art as their career. The service is well received by the students and is trusted by the professors of vocal and opera department.    

On voice therapy, the center offers voice health, treatment, and consulting services for students, especially the ones studying in vocal and opera department and music education department, and staffs of CCOM. In addition, the center resolved vocal problems and diseases of many actors/actresses and singers, which include making voice therapeutic project for actor Chen Kun, making voice health project for singer He Jie, safeguarding the concert for renowned baritone Wen Kezheng, etc. The center also offers emergency treatments for several actors or actresses in dramas which helped them getting back on the stage on time and reviving their radiance, such as leading actress Han Zaifen in Huangmei Opera [popular in Anhui province] Hui Zhou Women, leading actress Zengju in Chuan Opera [popular in Sichuan province] Waiting for Husband, leading actress Qin Fang in modern drama Huanghe River Folksong, leading actor Dong Huaiyu in modern drama The Beginning of Autumn, etc.

Voice Research Center has advanced voice testing and analysis equipments and highly qualified faculty. The Director of voice research center Han Liyan is an interdisciplinary specialist trained in China, who has gained MB (Bachelor of Medicine) and MA (Master of Arts) degrees. She has started to enjoy the national special allowance since 1996. She is the Vice President of Chinese Arts Medical Association.

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