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Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Guide for the Voice Teacher and Speech-Language Pathologist Hardcover – October 22, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1435438545 ISBN-10: 143543854X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (October 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143543854X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435438545
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[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 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.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Speech Path Singer on July 26, 2012
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I think this book is a good first start in attempting to blend the professions of Speech Pathology (SLP) and Singing Teachers; however I agree with the reviewer "Mrs. PWR orchidmom" that readers, especially singing teachers, should "Be Careful". Another reviewer questioned who "Mrs. PWR orchidmom" was and what credentials she had to justify her impressions of the book. For that reason alone I will preface my statements by saying I have an undergraduate degree in vocal performance and a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology, with an emphasis in voice. This book uses many color pictures taken from a textbook commonly used in Anatomy and Physiology classes taught to speech pathology students. These pictures are very illuminating, however, having to pay to use copyrighted pictures from another textbook probably factors into the high cost of Dr. Wicklynd's book. I also agree that most well-trained SLPs will find the chapters on anatomy and physiology to be too simplistic. Alternately, based on the reviews I have read to date, many singing teachers don't realize how basic this information is, therefore, they don't know what they don't know. Therein lies the need for "CAUTION". I don't believe singing teachers should engage in vocal rehabilitation unless they are thoroughly trained in the anatomy and physiology of respiration, phonation, resonation, and articulation, and this book does not provide sufficient information for that level of competence. Also, unless singing teachers are licensed and prepared to be financially liable for any harm they can cause to a student's vocal health, they would be putting themselves at risk by engaging in vocal rehabilitation unless they are also working collaboratively with a licensed SLP. I am concerned that some readers may not realize this.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By singingteacherdiva on December 6, 2013
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Let me preface this statement by sharing my qualifications as well- Grad Degree in Voice Performance and CCC-SLP. Singer and singing teacher for more than 30 years and SLP for more than 10, and have collaborated as a singing voice specialist with many voice care teams. I'm not sure what Speech Path Singer and Mrs PWR are talking about regarding errors or this text's supposedly trying to "meld two the professions of singing teacher and SLP." Our university's voice department (and others across the country) use Dr. Wicklund's text as a vocal pedagogy textbook in order to educate young singer/teachers about voice disorders and voice team care. Nowhere in this text does Dr. Wicklund suggest that a singing teacher/Singing Voice Specialist (SVS) operate outside of the voice care team model - in fact, collaboration with the SLP and MD is essential in her model. Also, she describes the ASHA, NATS and VASTA 2005 Joint Statement that outlines the separate (not melded) scope of practice roles of each- the singing teacher, SLP and MD. The singing teacher's role in voice team care is to determine if/how faulty singing technique may have played in the singer's voice disorder- an SLP who happens to be a singer is not necessarily also a competent singing TEACHER and should not be evaluating and/or habilitating a singer's SINGING technique unless he/she is also a skilled singing teacher. A singing voice specialist (SVS) is primarily a singer and SINGING TEACHER who has advanced knowledge in working with singers with voice disorders- being an SLP does NOT make one an SVS. Though this may not be a textbook for the experienced SLP/voice specialist, it is certainly useful for the SLP who has limited voice treatment experience with singers and wants to learn more about working with this group.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kari Ragan on July 19, 2010
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Dr. Wicklund has provided voice teachers with an invaluable resource. The past several months I have used many elements in the this book including the hyper-functioning exercises, rehabilitative repertoire suggestions in addition to the clear information about the various types of voice disorders. Whether you are a voice teacher regularly working with voice disorders or someone who comes across this problem only once in awhile, eventually every teacher needs to know how to help a singer with some vocal problem. You will find many answers in this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. C fan on August 26, 2010
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Dr. Wicklund's book in the most inclusive resource for voice teachers that I've come across. I especially enjoyed the clear, concise anatomical views- the best I've seen! Also enjoyed pouring through the Appendixes as much as the body of the book itself. They include everything from IPA charts and ETS Frequency Voice Ranges to professional Codes of Ethics for Voice Teachers.
-Gaye Klopack, Voice Teacher
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