Anne Tarvainen, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences at Tampere University, Finland.

In Spring 2020, Anne was a visiting researcher at the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture (Florida Atlantic University, US). In 2020-21 she is a visiting researcher in Musicology at the University of Helsinki.

Anne is an ethnomusicologist, currently conducting research on the embodied vocal experiences of deaf, tone-deaf, and vocally disordered singers. In her research, she is developing a field of vocal somaesthetics based on somaesthetics and voice studies. The research project is funded by the Kone Foundation (2018-2020).

Anne has published articles on singing and somaesthetics, for example, in the Journal of Somaesthetics, Pragmatism Today, and in the book Aesthetic Experience and Somaesthetics, edited by Richard Shusterman (Brill 2018).

She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Somaesthetics, and she co-edited the special issue “Somaesthetics and Sound” of the journal (2/2019). 

Anne completed her doctoral dissertation on a singer’s voice and expression in 2012. In this study, she developed a method for analyzing the singer’s expression, using the Icelandic artist Björk as an example.

Anne has taught pop, rock, and jazz singing since 1998, and voice maintenance, relaxing voice, and voice improvisation since 2001. She is also a singer-songwriter (, and developer of the Voicefulness® -method (

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