"[Dr.] Wicklund has provided an important foundational work in the burgeoning field of collaboration among ENTs, SLPs, and singing teachers. She provides a solid overview of the issues surrounding the field, along with practical techniques any singing teacher can use effectively. Most singing teachers encounter injured voices from time to time; this work will help them better serve their clientele, while assisting the therapeutic medical team effectively as possible." - Scott McCoy, DMAProfessor of Voice, Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University Member, American Academy of Teachers of Singing Author, Your Voice: An Inside View Princeton, NJ
I commend the author on addressing the topic of rehabilitation of the injured singing voice. I am particularly impressed by the many applications for university level singing pedagogy and program administration. Vocal injury is a high risk for developing voices as well as professional singers, and injury prevention is best introduced during training. In the university setting, the student has a support system far greater than in the professional world, where vocal injury can end a career. Teachers and students should be encouraged to manage these problems early, with the involvement of an entire voice team. I hope this text will demystify singing voice rehabilitation and educate teachers as to their role and limits in voice disorder management. - Amy Lebowitz, M.S., CCC-SLP Assistant Director, Voice and Swallowing Institute The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Chief Speech Pathologist Singing Voice Specialist New York, NY.
About the Author
Director of The Chicago Center for Professional Voice, and Associate Professor of Music Theater and Classical Voice at Western Michigan University, Minnesota-born soprano Karen Wicklund has sung leading roles with the San Francisco, Santa Fe, Lake George, Omaha and other American Opera companies. Dr. Wicklund holds undergrad music degrees from St. Olaf College, graduate music degrees from University of Michigan and Northwestern University, and a second Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Governors State University. An internationally known singer's wellness specialist, her website www.singershealth.com delves into current issues in singing voice health. She is also a therapeutic singing voice specialist, and sub-specializes in treating singers with vocal injuries. Dr. Wicklund has published numerous journal articles for the Journal of Singing, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Women of Note Quarterly, and given presentations and papers for the American Speech-Hearing Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She will present "Current Methods in Singing Voice Rehabilitation" as a featured session of the NATS 2008 International Conference in Nashville.