Vocal Terminology BEGINNING DRAMA Diaphragm: A large flat muscle that separates the lungs from the stomach area Tone: The quality of voice. Reflects emotion and resonance Resonance: The vibrant tone when sound waves strike the chambers of the throat, head, nose and mouth Pitch: The relative highness or lowness of the voice Nasality: Vowel sounds are forced through the nasal cavity, resulting in a flat voice and twangy sound Inflection: Variety in pitch Monotone: The lack of inflection in the voice Volume: The relative strength or intensity with which a sound is made Rate: The speed at which words are spoken Articulation: The clarity of vocal sounds. Also called enunciation. Pronunciation: Using the correct sounds and syllabic stresses of words. Projection: Controlling the voice’s volume and tone so that it can be heard clearly.