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PROCESSES OF THINKING IN THE
MODULATION OF THE VOICE.
S. S. CURRY, PH.D.
AUTHOR OF THE PROVINCE OF EXPRESSION " ; DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF EXPRESSION
AND HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
PIERCE BUILDING, COPLEY SQUARE
XPRESSION implies cause, means, and effect. It is a nat
ural effect of a natural cause, and hence is governed by all the laws of nature's processes. The cause is in the mind, the means are the voice and the body.
Expression may be improved by stimulating the cause, by developing the organic means, - the voice and body, - by training them to be more flexible and responsive to the mind, or by bringing them under better control; and, lastly, by securing a better knowledge of right modes of execution and greater skill in their use. The process of improving the voice and making it a more adequate agent in expression is called Vocal Training. The process of improving the body and making it a better agent for the manifestation of the soul may be called Pantomimic Training. The manifestation of the actions of the mind through the body may be called Pantomimic Expression, and that through the voice, Vocal Expression.
The word “Expression” covers every possible revelation of a human being, and implies any means or mode of manifesting the conceptions or emotions, the conditions or dispositions of the soul. Every art is an art of expression. Expression also names the manifestation in animals of their instinctive actions and conditions.
Man has many modes of expression. His natural expression in speaking is composed of three forms: Verbal, or the symbolic representation of ideas; Vocal, or the manifestation of the processes of the mind, of feelings and emotions through the modulation of tone; and third, Pantomimic, or the manifestation of emotions and conditions through the motions and positions of the various parts of the body. The term “ elocution”