What is Singing Voice Rehabilitation and who needs it?
Every singer at some point in their career will have a problem with their voice. This may be anything including:
- Loss of stamina
- Increase in recovery time
- Loss of upper range
- Gaps in the range
- Problems with loud or soft singing
- Aching in throat
- Voice routinely groggy in the morning
If you are worried about your voice, it’s important to have a diagnosis from an ENT consultant who is a voice specialist. This will normally be followed up by some speech therapy work. Then the singing voice rehabilitation specialist steps in. I am one of the few Voice Rehabilitation Coaches to be endorsed by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine. In order to be accredited by them, one needs to have an in-depth knowledge of functional anatomy, vocal pathology, endoscopic observation, counselling skills, palpation skills, regular participation in Voice Clinics and regular supervision. Every one of these competencies is backed-up by training and certification so it is unsurprising that there are so few of us.
What do I do next if I think I could benefit from this?
Singing Voice Rehabilitation can be a self-referral, many of my singers come to me because they are having problems with their voice but they don’t have a pathology. If you come to me for rehabilitation work, this does not replace or interfere with lessons you may be having with another singing teacher. In fact, I encourage collaboration and observation if at all possible.
If you would like to book a consultation lesson, please use the contact form
What is a Voice Rehabilitation Coach?
Singers may come for rehabilitation work either through referral from a voice clinic, or you may self-refer.
- Have had an endoscopic examination of your larynx and vocal folds.
- Have had some sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist.
- Already know some of the nature of the issue with your voice.
- You will have had some guidance for looking after your health and for changing some of your habitual usage.
- Take a history of your voice problem
- Listen to your voice, speaking and singing
- Advise on techniques and exercises to address vocal habits, these are not necessarily genre-specific
- Plan to have three or four sessions with you
- Communicate progress and suggestions with your current singing teacher as well as the SLT
- To enable you to achieve the sounds that you wish, in the easiest way possible for you.
- To give you the tools and techniques that will help you to relearn any unhelpful habits of voice use.
- Equip you to return to your work without fear of a recurrence of the initial voice problem.
Singing Voice Rehabilitation can be for anyone, any singer of any age or vocal genre
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping J on Saturday. Your approach with him was spot on – he is normally very shy so the fact that he spoke to you and made jokes says a lot about your skills with children!
We are so pleased to hear that his voice is ok – we will now communicate this to his singing teacher. I have put a mirror next to the piano now so that he can practice the tummy breathing that you showed him.”