TAKING CARE OF YOUR VOICE: Some Great Resources By the Speech Doc / Bonnie Engel Lee, Ph.D. Speech/Language Pathologist Member, Vasta

A frequent area of concern among voice professionals is how to take care of the instrument of your livelihood, your voice. The purpose of this blog is to share some of the excellent resources that are readily available to the everyday internet user. First of all, if you are not familiar with Edge Studio’s Talk with a Pro, you can be informed of each Tuesday night topic by subscribing to their newsletter called Voice Over Today eMagazine at Edgestudio.com and select career building. On one of the Tuesday evening talks in August of 2009, the “pro” for the evening was Dr. Kessler, an otolaryngologist (MD), who specializes in vocal problems and how to take care of your voice. Even from the point of view of a speech pathologist, some of the remedies were new information. To locate his presentation, just go to the EdgeStudio.com website, select career building, type in your name and email address and you’ll be able to listen to/and or download archived recordings of previous Talk With A Pro sessions. Look under “articulation” to find the link to Dr. Kessler’s talk on 8/11/09. Another great resource on the same website is the voice over vocal care chart. http://www.edgestudio.com/Voice-Over-Vocal-Care.htm

If you’re looking for advice from a speech pathologist who is a vocal performer (singer) and actively blogs about vocal problems, check out the blog of Joanna Cazden. You might want to take her quiz to find out how your voice is doing. http://www.voiceofyourlife.com/cm/Home.html

There are many resources out there. Some of the recommendations we read are from fellow voice professionals. It’s also helpful to know what the experts recommend. I hope you find these resources informative and helpful to you.


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Comment by Bonnie Engel Lee on November 11, 2009 at 10:39pm
Just found another great resource... voiceproblem.org
I especially like the section labeled "personal experiences". You can read about the experiences of others with spasmodic dysphonia for example or how it felt to have a variety of vocal procedures such as endoscopy. You might want to check it out.
Comment by Mitch Krayton on November 11, 2009 at 10:21pm
You only get one voice instrument that has to last a lifetime. We need these resources to care for our instruments with as much focus as we would an new car. Thanks for this post
Comment by cathi parrish on November 11, 2009 at 8:42pm
Hi Bonnie. Edgestudio.com is very informative and I'm glad to find out about Voice Academy as well. The more we depend on our voice, the more we realize the need to take care of it. It's certainly easy to understand why Celine Dion doesn't speak for a day or more before a concert. Thanks Bonnie!

Comment by Bonnie Engel Lee on November 10, 2009 at 8:51pm
Thanks for mentioning the Voice Academy. I did write about that a few months back. It's a fabulous resource. Another one is the VASTA website. If you look at the menu items on the left and find "internet resources", there are many resources about the anatomy and physiology of the voice. Another section, unrelated to voice care, includes a huge number tongue twisters in many different language.
Comment by Paul Strikwerda on November 10, 2009 at 7:08pm
Another excellent resource is the Voice Academy, a no-cost, self-directed, virtual school built for the vocal health of U.S. teachers, from the national center for voice and speech
Comment by Gary Moore on November 10, 2009 at 8:59am
Thank you so much!

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