BiP™ Voice Training, teaser course 

Saturday 28th of September 2019, 10-17

Teachers: Susanna Metsistö, speech therapist, Helsinki and Helene Lux Dryselius, singing voice teacher, Stockholm,

Location: Roihuvuori Church, Tulisuontie 2, 00820 Helsinki

Price:160 €. The registration is binding. No refund but a participant can transfer their spot to a substitute. (Teaser course participants are welcome to attend for free Sunday September 29 11-17 at the annual ”BiP™ day” where practical BiP™ voice training will be demonstrated. Normal fee 25€).

Sign up:meri.metsomaki@helsinki.fibefore 31st of August.

How to cherish the autonomous functions and natural reflexes in order to reach a free and sustainable voice? What happens if we instead of making the sound we combined expression with text and phonemes to reach an honest interpretation?

BiP™ (Balance in Phonation) Voice Training, developed by Ritva Eerola, Finnish voice teacher and speech therapist, is applicable to speaking voice training and to both classical- and non-classical singing. In singing, BiP™ aims for the ideals and the voice quality of the old Bel Canto tradition, while in speaking voice training and voice therapy, BiP™ focuses on the individual, healthy and easily produced voice.

The name “balance in phonation” refers to a suitable balanced relation between the adduction of the vocal folds and the subglottal pressure. When there is optimal balance, the vocal folds can achieve larger vibrations and thereby get more volume in the voice with less air pressure, hence the vocal folds will work softer and the voice stay healthier. Exercises used in BiP™ are meant to raise awareness about the psychophysical function in the body and enhance the body-mind-connection to accomplish a free and expressive voice. More about BiP™: https://bipvt.net/bip-voice-training/

The course will include both lectures and workshops and give you a nice introduction to this holistic, body-mind-connected training. It presents wonderful alternative ideas on concepts such as breathing and support. The course is open for singers, singing teachers, speakers and speech therapists who are interested in learning more about BiP™.

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The Certified Master Teacher program of
BiP™-Voice Training

Registration and practical information: meri.metsomaki@helsinki.fi

You can ask more about the content of the course by sending a message to Helene Lux, h.lux@telia.com.

The Certification program 2019, leading to the Certified Master Teacher exam of BiP™ is a one year further training process (see the requirements below for participation and certification). Primarely the 2019 course is aimed for students in classical singing or CCM-singing. Both parts of the CMT program will follow the same lectures. Students interested in the CMT program for speaking voice is asked to be in touch with the BiP™ CMT course administration.

About the content of the course

BiP™ Voice Training, developed by Ritva Eerola, Finnish voice teacher and speech pathologist, is applicable to both speaking voice training aswell as classical- and CCM- singing voice training. Exersices used in BiP™ are meant to raise awareness about the psychophysical function in the body and enhance the body-mind-connection to accomplish a free and expressive voice.

BiP voice Training program is a very suitable method for voice therapy. In speaking voice program the student is trained to get an easy and economically produced voice by using the body’s natural “cause and event” chain as a tool.

By enhancing the speaking voice level in singing voice exercises the student is trained to establish the suitable subglottal pressure through the expressive words and thereby find the voice and the interpretation instead of trying to do them.

This way of approaching voice technique is a well-functioning pedagogy which improves dynamics and strength and provides a tool to reach the deep art in communication.

The CMT training program will include


  • The holistic idea of BiP™
  • Education in the five basic principles of BiP™
  • Anatomical and physiological education in the body functions necessary in voice production; breathing muscles, larynx, etc.
  • Acoustic theory
  • Voice register in singing


  • Voice training according to BiP™
  • Audiokinestetic training
  • Audio analysis of voice functions
  • Development of body awareness
  • Development of perception skills of functions and behavior in the body

both in participant’s own body and in his/her student’s body.

The CMT student is required to have his/her own ”test” student to train. The progresses of the ”test” student will be discussed and evaluated.

Requirements for The Certified Master Teacher program of BiP™-VT (Balance in Phonation Voice Training)

To participate in the program the student is required to have the adequate background of basic theoretical studies in anatomy, physiology and acoustics in voice production, or for classical and CCM genres, five years of practical experience.

To pass the exams the student is required:

  1. To understand the researches and the theories that form the base for BiP™.
  2. To understand, in details as well as a whole, the training program in theory and practice.
  3. In exercises, prove that the practical handling is based on the theoretical knowledge and thought models of parts 1-3.
  4. To show the balance in phonation in one’s own voice production/singing.
  5. To develop and master the sufficient audiokinestetic ability in voice training.
  6. To show the understanding of the different parts of BiPTM with one’s own client/student in real voice therapy or in a teaching situation.
  7. To have the ability to estimate and evaluate the progress of a client/student audiokinesthetically.

These skills for Balance in Phonation -methodTM are gained through an intensive and prolonged Certification process, leading to the Certified Master Teacher exams.

There are three types of Certified teachers:

  1. Speaking voice
    2. Classical singing
    3. Non-classical singing

During the course period the CMT student is required, on a regular basis, to train his/her own student. The progresses of the ”test” student will be valued.

To achieve the certification of BiPTM the gained skills will be tested in one theoretical exam and two practical exams; the first one in practical teaching of an unknown student and the second one by audibly analyzing voice functions.

After receiving the certification the CMT is required to regularly do a 60 minutes check up with one of the Certified Course Instructors. The first check up the second year after the certification and further every fifth year.

The five basic principles of the voice training are:

  1. the balanced posture
    2. to recognize the difference between normal and phonation breathing
    3. the collaboration of four diaphragms
    4. the functional reactions and natural reflexes in voice production
    5. the functional separation of articulation and phonation

Description and background of BiP™-VT

Balance in Phonation-Voice Training has been gradually developed over the years by Ritva Eerola, speech pathologist and voice teacher. Its aim is to discover everyone’s personal, unique voice quality and how it works easily in its’ best when there is balance in the vocal fold vibration and in the whole body. Originally there has been a stimulus to combine vocal physiological and acoustical researches to the training details, so that they could give the basic facts for exercises. When the different functional parts connect to each other and form the seamless wholeness, this leads naturally to Balance in Phonation. It shows as a positive result of all functional details. 

The functional details in the voice production influence in many ways to the vocal fold vibrations. And nowadays it is quite easy to examine the function of the voice. How the vocal folds close, how even are shimmer or jitter, how thick or thin is the mass of the vocal folds etc. Is there a balance in phonation? However nothing can take the ear’s place. No equipment can replace the human sensitive ear. 

Balance in Phonation-term has been used in the book Ihmeellinen ihmisääni (The Wonderful Human Voice 1999) by Anne-Maija Laukkanen and Timo Leino. Balance in Phonation means a suitable relation between the adduction of the vocal folds and the subglottal pressure. When this is happening, vocal folds begin to vibrate with smaller pressure and at the same air pressure can be achieved larger vibration and more volume in the voice. Vocal fold adduct faster and glottis closes tighter. The onset of the voice starts softer and there is no hard attacks in the words that begin with vowels. 

The most essential functional parts of the voice training are:

1. the balanced posture,
2. to recognize the difference between normal and phonation breathing,
3. the collaboration of four diaphragms,
4. the functional reactions and natural reflexes in voice production,
5. the functional separation of articulation and phonation.

The functional training is based on the following thoughts:

  1. To recognize the function level of the brain in speaking and singing (the conscious – cortical level or the uncouncious – subcortical level).
  2. The timing of the different functional parts in communication. The mainline of thinking model and timing in training: Excitement of expression – words – voice. This helps the sound to start reflectively and free.
  3. To recognize the functional directions in the body. The basic direction should be sensed inwards and with this idea the subgottal pressure dimishes and sound starts smoothly. The functional directions in the body form a wide triangle. Its strongest corner is in pelvis (even down into legs) going to the base of skull by opposite stretch and the third corner is under the collarbones.
  4. To establish the energy of the words into the body by interpretation:
    a) the will power from the pelvic level as the starting power and the carring power in the words; it can be heard as a focus in vowel line
    b) thoughts and feelings: the vowels are filled by emotions that live inside them and expand the torso sidewards creating expressive colour scale.

These form the timing of function and help the reflexive onset of the voice.
A. the excitement of the expression prepares automatically the body to expand into the prephonatory state. When we want to express something, this will wake up the whole torso specially inhalation muscles. The torso is expanding and the diaphragm descends and causes tracheal pull, which draws the larynx a bit down for more favourable state for phonation. This expansion causes negative pressure and air comes in automatically. When breathing happens this way, there is enough amount of air for the sentence or frase.

B. the energetic words are combined with the muscles, fascias and the bones in the body so that feelings move and stretch the inner walls in the body.

C. the voice comes like a syncope and reflex and it always stays freely above the ears somewhere, not fixed anywhere.

This BiP™-Voice Training program is based on the scientifical researches about the physiological and acoustical facts and those are used to arise the psychophysical function in the singer’s body. When comparing with other voice training systems this method does not concentrate in the voice or how it sounds or make the sound, but gives different kinds of thought models and directions connected to the tools (vowels and consonants) to accomplish a free and expressive voice. In this method the main concentration is how to combine the technique and expression into the text, words and phonemes. They should be united with the body by will power and emotions. When the voice is left sort of outside working automatically, the voice quality will be functionally mixed voice and it eliminates the register problems. The passaggio goes smoothly and the whole range is functionally even.

The essential part of Balance in Phonation™-Voice Training is ABC-evaluation method™ of the vocal function developed by Ritva Eerola. This is based on auditory kinesthetic ability that helps the listener to feel a speaker’s or singer’s function in the body what she/he hears – like muscle sense. This helps to analyze the relations between reason and consequences in the unbalanced vocal function and gives the ground for the exercises to find out the balance in the energy of voice production. This ABC-evaluation method was presented at the IACT Congress in Auckland 1994 and at a workshop in Las Vegas October 2012 (PAS 6 Conference). BiP™-Voice Training was presented at the ICVT congress in Stockholm, August 2017.


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