About The Book

Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness provides speech-language pathologists and singing teachers with the tools to lay the foundation for working with singers who have voice injuries. Singing voice rehabilitation is a hybrid profession that represents a very specific amalgam of voice pedagogy, voice pathology, and voice science. Becoming a singing voice rehabilitation specialist requires in-depth training and thorough preparation across these fields.

This text presents a conceptual and practical basis for interacting with singers in an effective and supportive way, identifying factors to address, structuring singing voice rehabilitation sessions, and ensuring that singers are getting adequate exercise while allowing their injuries to heal, as well as resources and materials to provide to singers to optimize the outcome of their rehabilitation.

Each chapter exposes readers to important concepts of singing voice rehabilitation and the elements that need to be addressed in the singing voice rehabilitation process, which include medical factors, emotional factors, vocal hygiene, vocal pacing, and vocal coordination and conditioning. This text contains information for developing exercises and interventions to target specific vocal problems and guidance in customizing vocal exercises based on injury, singing style, skill level, professional level, and the particular vocal demands of each singer.

Key Features

  • Rehabilitation and therapy exercises
  • Clinical case studies to illustrate real-life examples and practical application
  • Downloadable educational handouts available on a PluralPlus companion website

While the intended audience for this book is speech-language pathologists and teachers of singing who are accomplished performers, experienced pedagogues, and clinically and scientifically well-informed, there is information herein that will be of value to all singers, physicians interested in learning more about the behavioral side of singing voice rehabilitation, nonsinging speech-language pathologists, or anyone seeking knowledge about singing health, including music educators, music therapists, conductors, vocal coaches, worship leaders, or music directors.

About The Author

Soprano Leda Scearce has been featured in leading roles with the National Opera Company, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Long Leaf Opera Festival, Triangle Opera, the Ohio Light Opera Company, and Whitewater Opera Company, and has appeared as a concert soloist with orchestras including the North Carolina, Toledo, and Honolulu Symphonies. An active proponent of new music, Ms. Scearce has given world premiere performances of works written for her with the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Nashville, Mallarme Chamber Players, the American Chamber Music Festival, and Chamber Music Hawaii. A winner of the Birmingham Opera Vocal Competition, Ms. Scearce has also been a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Scearce is a graduate of Indiana University with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance. A voice teacher for more than 25 years, Ms. Scearce has served on the artist faculties of Bowling Green State University, Meredith College, Brigham Young University of Hawaii, and the University of Southern Maine.

Ms. Scearce obtained a master of science degree in speech-language pathology from Boston University, where she completed an internship in voice disorders and voice rehabilitation for the performing voice at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is currently singing voice specialist, clinical associate faculty, and director of performing voice programs and development at the Duke Voice Care Center, where she provides rehabilitation therapy to singers, actors, and other vocal performers with voice injuries. Ms. Scearce is a frequent speaker on the topic of the singing voice at national and international voice conferences, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, the International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, The National Center for Voice and Speech, the McIver Lecture in Vocal Pedagogy, and the North Carolina Regional Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and is a founding member of the Pan-American Vocology Association. Ms. Scearce maintains an active performance career.

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Margaret Baroody
About the Editor

Part I. Setting the Stage

Chapter 1. Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Hybrid Profession

Chapter 2. It Takes a Team: Multidisciplinary Voice Care for the Singer

Chapter 3. Voice Disorders
Alissa Collins and Seth M. Cohen

Chapter 4. Medical Problems and the Performing Voice
David L. Witsell and Mirabelle B. Sajisevi

Chapter 5. Vocal Hygiene for Singers

Chapter 6. Preparing the Singing Voice Rehabilitation Plan

Chapter 7. Taking a Closer Look: Specific Populations and the Rehabilitation Plan

Part II. Emotional Factors

Chapter 8. Supporting the Singer’s Emotional Needs: Working With the Psychological Impact of Voice Problems

Part III. Vocal Coordination and Conditioning

Chapter 9. Shaping Voice

Chapter 10. Stylistic Considerations in Singing Voice Rehabilitation: Classical and Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Singing

Chapter 11. Designing Vocal Exercises for Singing Voice Rehabilitation

Chapter 12. Customizing Vocal Exercises for Singing Voice Rehabilitation

Chapter 13. Speaking Voice Therapy for Singers

Part IV. Vocal Pacing

Chapter 14. Vocal Pacing: Spending the Interest, Not the Principle

Chapter 15. Getting Back on the Horse: When, Where, and How to Return to Performing

Chapter 16. Vocal Pacing Case Studies

Part V. More Tools for the Toolbox

Chapter 17. Aging Voice and the Singer
Chad Whited, Jarrod Keeler, Leda Scearce, and Seth M. Cohen

Chapter 18. What the Singing Voice Rehabilitation Specialist Should Know About Sound Equipment
Matthew Edwards

Chapter 19. Using Apps in Voice Rehabilitation
Caroline Warren Banka

Chapter 20. Singing Voice Rehabilitation Documentation: The Importance of Clinical Language

Chapter 21. An Ounce of Prevention: The Singing Voice Rehabilitation Specialist as Vocal Health Educator



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