SINGING VOICE THERAPY
Even with the best of coaches, an athlete who sustains an injury will require medical attention to help rehabilitate them back to their top level of performance. The same is true for singers, whose medical team should include an otolaryngologist (Ear Nose and Throat Doctor/ENT) and a Speech-Language Pathologist with training in rehabilitation of the singing voice.
Although many singers seek out voice therapy services due to concern with their singing (fatigue, reduced range, strain, voice breaks, etc.), the way they are using their voice outside of rehearsals and performances often has a major impact on vocal health and function. Even with the best technique, vocal abuse or misuse throughout the day can challenge a performer's ability to apply this technique.
Voice therapy focused on the singing voice will include similar recommendations to speaking voice therapy, with particular focus on underlying contributors to the singing problem so that these can be eliminated. Singing technique is targeted from a rehabilitative perspective, taking into consideration any underlying structural or functional issues with the vocal folds and surrounding muscles. Vocal warm ups and singing strategies are reviewed with the goal of maximizing singing voice health and performance, enhancing stamina and avoiding future difficulties or vocal fold damage.