Providing Speaking Voice Therapy to Professional Singers: Meeting the Challenge Professional, classically trained singers can be a unique and important part of the patient caseload of voice pathologists who specialize in the care of professional voice users. As voice therapists, we are well aware that dependable voice production is essential to individuals employed in a great variety of fields. ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
Providing Speaking Voice Therapy to Professional Singers: Meeting the Challenge
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  • Michelle Horman
    The American Institute for Voice and Ear Research Philadelphia
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2003
Providing Speaking Voice Therapy to Professional Singers: Meeting the Challenge
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 33-34. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.33
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 33-34. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.33
Professional, classically trained singers can be a unique and important part of the patient caseload of voice pathologists who specialize in the care of professional voice users. As voice therapists, we are well aware that dependable voice production is essential to individuals employed in a great variety of fields. However, it is also recognized that our patients—who are singers making a living in opera, concerts, and recitals—consistently face some of the most demanding and exacting vocal challenges. Therapeutic intervention must, therefore, be designed to support the singer in maintaining optimal vocal hygiene and laryngeal condition at all times. Although these singers tend to be extremely motivated to solve the problems that led them to pursue treatment, their travel and performance schedules, personal attitudes, and emotional responses often pose special challenges to the speech-language pathologist involved in their care. This article will attempt to address a few specific issues that may arise when treating these performers.
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