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The Performer's Voice

Second Edition
Edited by: Michael S. Benninger, Thomas Murry, Michael M. Johns III
463 pages, Color Illustrations (4 Color), Hardcover, 8.5 x 11"
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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.

Review of the First Edition
"Well-organized with clear, concise headings and sub-headings consistent to each chapter. ...This text - an essential addition to any vocal health or pedagogy library - could not be more highly recommended."
--Lori McCann, DMA, VoicePrints, the journal of the New York Singing Teachers Association


  • Christopher Arneson, DMA - Vocologist, Singing Voice Specialist, Westminster Choir College, Journal of Singing (November 2015):
    "...This second edition contains updated chapters along with new chapters making it one of the most comprehensive books of its type. It provides a strong foundation in the understanding of the voice for singers, actors, teachers of singing and speech, and teachers of vocal pedagogy in colleges and universities....This excellent resource, along with Robert Sataloff’s Vocal Health and Pedagogy and Anthony Jahn’s The Singers Guide to Complete Health, will surely help expand the multidisciplinary interests on the care and treatment of the performers voice. It is a welcome addition to my reading and resource lists for courses in graduate voice pedagogy, voice science and voice disorders."

  • Declan Costello, MA, MBBS, FRCS(ORL-HNS), Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK, ENT and Audiology News (2016):
    "The editors of this 450-page book are amongst the most respected laryngologists in the world, with a vast amount of experience between them. It is therefore no surprise that they have put together a very comprehensive and well thought-out book. Many of the chapter authors are also themselves internationally renowned, and disciplines represented include ENT, speech therapy, psychology, singing teaching and performing...There are several chapters that are particularly useful for the laryngologist who is not a performer himself or herself: in particular, the chapter on performance anxiety gives a fascinating insight into the psychology of performing, and offers a glimpse into psychotherapeutic techniques that can be helpful. Two chapters on the acute assessment of professional singers give some assistance when confronted with a singer who is unsure as to whether they can perform. The final section, on medico-legal issues, is a welcome (if slightly alarming) reminder that not all of our patients are happy with their outcomes..."

  • Babak Sadoughi, MD, FACS, New York, New York, USA, Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology (June 2016):
    "While this book displays an appropriate collection of illustrations, its content format remains nonetheless decisively anchored in prose, which allows for in-depth development of concepts not easily found in traditional medical textbooks. With a deliberate focus on vocology and all the associated facets that make the care of the performing voice an art rather than just a science, this book will be a useful complement to the library of the aspiring laryngologist, phoniatrician, or voice therapist contemplating the commitment of a part of their practice to the care of performers. It will also provide most otolaryngologists, speech-language pathologists, and non-physician voice specialists with a valuable introduction to professional voice management."

  • Doody's (May 2018):
    "Named to Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences - Otolaryngology 2018 list."

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

About The Editors

Michael S. Benninger

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.

Thomas Murry

Thomas Murry, PhD, is Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Loma Linda University Health and Co-director of the Voice and Swallowing Center, Loma Linda University. Dr. Murry has distinguished himself as an educator, scientist, and clinician in the areas of swallowing and voice disorders. He received the Honors of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the association's highest honor in 2010.

Michael M. Johns III

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.

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