Tua Hakanpää

Sound and Science


I am an artist firmly positioned between art and research and I’m trying to merge these two practices in my daily work.

My research subject is emotional expression in the singing voice. I am looking into questions such as: what do we hear when we hear emotions in music and singing? Can emotions be induced through the singing voice? How can we add emotion to voice? How can emotional expression in the singing voice be taught?

Right now I am doing an experimental comparative study on emotion expression in classical- and popular vocal styles.


I am trained as a musician at the Pop&Jazz conservatory of Helsinki and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. I also have a double degree in voice pedagogy (singing and speaking) from Metropolia University of Applied sciences and the University of Tampere. And on top of that I have a degree in Contemporary Improvisation from The Estonian Music and Theatre Academy.

I enjoy experimenting with different sounds and styles and I am always on the look out for something interesting.


I teach:
– communication trough avant-garde musical improvisation,
– the anatomy and physiology of voice
– vocal emotional expression.
I am available for workshops at your location.