Theoretical underpinnings of Tomatis

  1. There is a direct link between quality of a singer’s listening aptitude, voice quality and body integration(Tomatis, 1996).
  2. The Tomatis Method of sound stimulation uses Mozart, Gregorian Chant, Strauss waltzes, the mother’s voice and children’s songs in its initial(passive) phase of training and one’s own voice in the latter(active) phase of the program(Sacarin, 2013).
  3. Three principles of Tomatis effect: a. the voice can only reproduce what the ear perceives. Thus, the ear has the leading role in controlling the voice.b. when the ear is retrained to integrate frequencies it formerly did not clearly perceive, the voice automatically acquires these new frequencies. c. if retraining of the ear occurs for a sufficient length of time, its new range of perceptions can become permanent(Sacarin, 2013).
  4. Scientists show that 80 percent of the 24000 hair cells in the cochlea respond to sounds 3000 Hz or above(Thompson & Andrews, 2000).
  5. He claimed that reading out loud for 30 minutes a day is an activity of ear, the best way to learn(from Wikipedia). For reading out loud can be regarded as an individual’s own voice conducted to his ears through bones. This can explain the general sense that reading aloud could better people’s language senses.
  6. Rationale of high-frequency stimulation
    a. Hearing is the first function developed by people while in utero. the fetus could distinctly hear and recognize the voice of the mother prenatally. The higher frequencies, seemingly filtered by the womb, of the mother’s voice actually nourish the fetus. Thus, recovering our listening ability is de facto our birthright.

    b. English uses a lot of high-pitch sounds, ranging from 2000-10000 for British English and 500-3000 for American English. We are probably more attuned to the frequencies of our own language, rendering us somewhat deaf the frequencies of a foreign language.

    Therefore, it would be necessary for EFL learners to adapt to the target frequencies of the language they are learning.

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