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The Singer's Voice

Michael S. Benninger, Thomas Murry
202 pages, Illustrated (B/W), eBook
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Each type of performer, whether singer, voiceover artists, dancer/singers, instrumentalist/singers, brings specific issues to the voice treatment team and requires special individual attention from the various members of the team, from laryngologist to speech pathologist, singing or voice teacher.

The Singer's Voice identifies these individuals, presents reports on cases with special needs and offers myriad solutions that help to preserve the voice and prevent further damage. It is written by a world-leading group of dedicated professionals from an array of disciplines related to the care and treatment of individuals who use their voices in professional settings. Ranging from current day performers to choral conductors to past rock and roll musicians, all contributors have shown a dedication to the care of the singer and performer through their studios, academic training, their research interests and experience, and their clinical and/or their performance background.

The content is thoroughly practical and written to be accessible to a wide range of voice professionals, particularly singing and voice teachers; instructors in the various performing arts; those who provide medical and allied health care; and, indeed, performers and students themselves.

"The wide-ranging, practical information in The Singer's Voice makes it useful for members of voice treatment teams in their understanding of the medical, physical and psychological issues particular to singers and performers, as well as being an accessibly written reference for all voice professionals, especially actors, singer, choral directors, vocal coaches, and voice teachers."
-- Martha Howe, international vocal coach and teacher

  • Part I. Overview
    • Introduction
      Michael S. Benninger, MD, and Thomas Murry, PhD
    • Anatomy of the Vocal Mechanism: Structure of the Voice
      Nicolas E. Maragos, MD
    • Physiology of Voice Production: How Does The Voice Work?
      Jack Jiang, MD, PhD
    • Artistic Vocal Styles and Techniques
      Sharon L. Radionoff, PhD
  • Part II Assessment and Diagnosis
    • Case History, Interview, and Voice Handicap Assessment
      Michael S. Benninger, MD, and Thomas Murry, PhD
    • Laryngeal Examinations and Visualizations
      Peak Woo, MD
    • Perceptual Attributes and Assessments of the Singer’s Voice
      Rahul Shrivastav, PhD, and Judith Wingate, PhD
    • Acute Assessment of Professional Singers.
      Josef Schlömicher-Thier, MD, and Matthias Weikert, MD
  • Part III. Treatments
    • Medications: The Positive and Negative Impact on Voice
      David M. Alessi, MD, FACS, and Audrey Crummey, BS
    • Complementary and Alternative Medications and Techniques.
      Michael Seidman, MD
    • Voice Therapy for Benign Vocal Fold Lesions and Scar in Singers and Actors
      Mara Behlau, PhD and Thomas Murry, PhD
    • Strategies for Dealing with Vocal Tension
      Janet Madelle Feindel, MFA
    • Treatment of Injured Singers and Professional Speakers: The Singer/Actor, Singer/Dancer, and Singer/Musician.
      Jeannette L. LoVetri
    • Performance Anxiety: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment
      Philip J. Lanzisera, PhD, ABPP
    • Surgical Anatomy, Planning, and Consent
      Michael S. Benninger, MD
    • Appendix Vocal Hygiene
    • Glossary
    • Index

About The Authors

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.