Learning voice analysis using an interactive multi-media package: Development and preliminary evaluation Academic Article uri icon


  • An important outcome of education for speech-language pathology practice is the ability to analyze voices perceptually, a complex task that is often difficult for novices. This article describes an interactive multi-media package, "A Sound Judgement," that is designed to help students develop skills in perceptual voice analysis and to link their perceptions to laryngeal physiology. The package presents a range of clients with vocal impairments at increasing levels of complexity. Each case has a videoed interview, endoscopic views and animations of the larynx, and case history information. Students make perceptual ratings of clients' voices on a format designed specifically for this package and feedback is provided using ratings made by expert speech-language pathologists. High levels of consensus for the perceptual judgments were achieved among the expert raters. Preliminary evaluations by students have demonstrated that "A Sound Judgement" is likely to be a valuable educational tool.

publication date

  • January 1998