About The Book

The Performer’s Voice, Second Edition presents a comprehensive approach to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of voice disorders as well as up-to-date voice care and injury prevention information–specifically related to actors, singers, and other voice professionals. This second edition is completely updated with six new chapters and contributions from leading voice professionals.

Written in an accessible, straightforward style, The Performer’s Voice, Second Edition appeals to medical professionals, vocal coaches, and professional performers. This text not only serves as an effective resource for practitioners and clinicians who provide state-of-the-art treatment to voice professionals, but also provides professional vocalists and coaches with insight into what to look for when seeking treatment.

The authors have dedicated their careers to voice disorders and prevention of voice injury as well as education and research to advance the science and art of voice care. The diversity of authors’ backgrounds supports the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in the care of voice disorders.

About The Authors

Dr. Michael S. Benninger is the Chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at The Cleveland Clinic and is a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The Head and Neck Institute comprise the specialties of Otolaryngology, Audiology, Speech and Language Sciences, Oral Surgery and Dentistry.

In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Benninger has been very involved in Regional, National and International medical organizations. He is the President of the International Association of Phonosurgery, is the immediate past-President of the American Laryngologic Association, and Vice-President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) for 12 years, having been a former Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of that organization. He is also a Past-President of the American Rhinologic Society and the Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which is the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world for that specialty. He has served on the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology and as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for WebMD. He is the Past-Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership.

Dr Benninger has authored or edited 7 books, including his most recent books, Botulinum Toxin Injections in the Head and Neck and The Singer’s Voice. He has 2 additional books in press. He has also has written over 70 book chapters and over 175 scientific articles, focusing primarily on voice care and laryngology, nasal and sinus disease and health care management. He has lectured extensively across the country and throughout the world.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Benninger received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Thomas Murry, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Professor and Co-Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Loma Linda Health University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Murry received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2010, the highest honor of the association, and also received a Presidential Citation from the American Laryngological Association. Dr. Murry is recognized throughout the world for his clinical, education, and research contributions to voice and swallowing disorders. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals. He has presented over 600 lectures at national meetings and in meetings in more than 35 countries. He has championed the need for combined management of voice and swallowing disorders among otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, and other medical professions.

Michael M. Johns III, MD, graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Michigan. He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology at the Vanderbilt Voice Center. Dr. Johns is the director of the Emory Voice Center at Emory University, pursing research, teaching, and clinical care, with a specific interest in geriatric laryngology and the aging voice. He is also the chair of the Advisory Board of The Voice Foundation. Dr. Johns has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and 3 textbooks.

Table Of Contents

Part I. Overview
Chapter 1. Introduction

Michael S. Benninger and Thomas Murry

Chapter 2. Music and the Brain

Iva Fattorini, Neil Cherian, and Lisa M. Gallagher

Chapter 3. History of Professional Voice Care

Gayle E. Woodson

Chapter 4. Anatomy of the Vocal Mechanism: Structure of the Voice

Nicolas E. Maragos

Chapter 5. Physiology of Voice Production: How Does the Voice Work?

Jack Jiang

Chapter 6. Normal Voice Maturation: Hormones and Age

Jean Abitbol

Chapter 7. The Pediatric Voice

Gillian R. Diercks and Christopher J. Hartnick

Chapter 8. The Aging Voice

Chad Whited, Jarrod Keeler, Leda Scearce, and Seth Cohen

Chapter 9. Artistic Vocal Styles and Techniques

Sharon L. Radionoff

Part II. Diagnostics
Chapter 10. Case History, Interview, and Voice Handicap Assessment

Thomas Murry and Michael S. Benninger

Chapter 11. Examination of the Singer

Peak Woo

Chapter 12. Aerodynamic and Acoustic Voice Measurements

Philippe H. DeJonckere

Chapter 13. Perceptual Attributes and Assessment of the Singer’s Voice

Rahul Shrivastav and Judith M. Wingate

Chapter 14. Reflux and the Performer’s Voice

Albert L. Merati

Chapter 15. Acute Assessment of Professional Singers

Josef Schlömicher-Thier and Matthias Weikert

Part III. Medical Treatments
Chapter 16. Medications: The Positive and Negative Impact on Voice

Kelsey Stamnes, Tanya K. Meyer, David M. Alessi, and Audrey Crummey

Chapter 17. Complementary and Alternative Medications and Techniques

Michael D. Seidman

Chapter 18. Vocal Emergencies

Joseph P. Bradley and Adam M. Klein

Chapter 19. Medical Problems in Performers

Laura H. Swibel Rosenthal

Part IV. Behavioral Treatments
Chapter 20. Training and Teaching the Singer

William D. Riley and Linda M. Carroll

Chapter 21. Voice Therapy for Benign Vocal Fold Lesions and Scar in Singers and Actors

Mara Behlau and Thomas Murry

Chapter 22. The Alexander Technique and Other Strategies for Dealing With Vocal Tension

Janet Madelle Feindel

Chapter 23. Treatment of Injured Singers and Professional Speakers: The Singer/Actor, Singer/Dancer, and Singer/Musician

Jeannette L. LoVetri

Chapter 24: Performance Anxiety: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment

Philip J. Lanzisera

Part V. When Surgical Treatment is Necessary
Chapter 25. Surgical Anatomy, Planning, and Consent

Michael S. Benninger

Chapter 26. Microlaryngoscopic Procedures and Operations

Seth H. Dailey and Charles N. Ford

Chapter 27. Office-Based Procedures in Performers and Other Vocal Professionals

Paul C. Bryson

Chapter 28. Surgery (Nonlaryngeal) for the Professional Vocalist

Glendon M. Gardner and William G. Young

Chapter 29. Postoperative Voice Care of the Singer

Robert H. Ossoff and Thomas F. Cleveland

Part VI. Building a Professional Voice Practice
Chapter 30. The Professional Voice Practice

Robert T. Sataloff and Claudio F. Milstein

Chapter 31. Medical-Legal Implications of Professional Voice Care

Robert T. Sataloff and Michael S. Benninger


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