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Vocal Health and Pedagogy
Science, Assessment, and Treatment

Third Edition
Robert Thayer Sataloff
984 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Now in one convenient volume, Vocal Health and Pedagogy: Science, Assessment, and Treatment, Third Edition answers every question you've ever had about the voice, from the physics of sounds, to vocal technique, to medications, to performance anxiety. It presents anatomical, physiological, and neurological considerations, as well as covers critical issues related to patient history, laryngeal function, the physical examination, and historical perspectives of vocal pedagogy.

The first part of the book introduces basic concepts of voice science, assessment, and training. It focuses on the science behind the common problems that afflict voice users and enables understanding of the medical approach to problem analysis. The second part of the book contains additional information on the specific health and performance conditions that affect the voice and their assessment and treatment. It considers the medical and nonmedical issues affecting the human voice, including diagnosis and treatment of voice problems, the effects of physical injury, posture, pollutants and irritants, psychological effects, voice therapy, medication, and more.

New to this edition:

  • New chapters on topics such as pedagogy for children, the importance of studying music, laryngeal issues involving wind instrument performance, high-speed digital imaging, the evolution of technology, pediatric voice disorders, thyroid disorders, the vocal effects of birth control medications, and autoimmune disorders.
  • Many chapters have been extensively revised to update previous content and add new information on material such as choral pedagogy for geriatric singers, World Trade Center syndrome, and laryngeal effects of asbestos exposure.
  • Chapters on medications for performers have been revised to delete medications no longer used frequently and to add various medications and drug classes that were not included previously, as well as information on alternative and complementary medicines.
  • References have been updated throughout to include discussion of new studies and a review of the latest literature, while also retaining the classic literature.
  • Includes the most recent practices and techniques, the latest information on surgical and adjunctive therapy, and important changes in criteria and strategy.

Vocal Health and Pedagogy: Science, Assessment, and Treatment, Third Edition is ideal for courses in vocal pedagogy and speech-language pathology. Additionally, it is a valuable resource for professional and amateur performers and their teachers.

Foreword by Denyce Graves-Montgomery
Acknowledgments to the Third Edition
About the Author

Chapter 1. Introduction
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 2. The Singing Teacher in the Age of Voice Science
Richard Miller

Chapter 3. Historical Overview of Voice Pedagogy
Richard Miller

Chapter 4. Choral Pedagogy and Vocal Health
Brenda J. Smith and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 5. Amateur and Professional Child Singers: Pedagogy and Related Issues
Valerie L. Trollinger and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 6. Why Study Music?
Christin Coffee Rondeau

Chapter 7. Medical Evaluation Prior to Voice Lessons: Another Controversy
Aaron J. Jaworek and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 8. The Physics of Sound
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 9. Music and the Brain
Thomas Swirsky-Sacchetti, Robert Rider, Michael E. Keesler, and Steven Mandel

Chapter 10. Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 11. An Overview of Laryngeal Function for Voice Production
R. J. Baken

Chapter 12. Laryngeal Function During Phonation
Ronald C. Scherer

Chapter 13. Vocal Tract Resonance
Johan Sundberg

Chapter 14. Voice Care Professionals: A Guide to Voice Care Providers
Robert Thayer Sataloff, Yolanda D. Heman-Ackah, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 15. Patient History
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 16. Special Considerations Relating to Members of the Acting Profession
Bonnie N. Raphael

Chapter 17. Physical Examination
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 18. The Clinical Voice Laboratory
Jonathan J. Romak, Reinhardt J. Heuer, Mary J. Hawkshaw, and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 19. Use of Instrumentation in the Singing Studio
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 20. High-Speed Digital Imaging
Matthias Echternach

Chapter 21. Evolution of Technology
Jonathan J. Romak and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 22. Common Medical Diagnoses and Treatments in Patients With Voice Disorders: An Introduction and Overview
Robert Thayer Sataloff, Mary J. Hawkshaw, and Johnathan B. Sataloff

Chapter 23. The Effects of Age on the Voice
Robert Thayer Sataloff, Karen M. Kost, and Sue Ellen Linville

Chapter 24. Pediatric Voice Disorders
Alexander Manteghi, Amy Rutt, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Caren J. Sokolow

Chapter 25. Hearing Loss in Singers and Other Musicians
Robert Thayer Sataloff, Brian McGovern, Joseph Sataloff, and Morgan A. Selleck

Chapter 26. Eye Care and the Performing Arts
Marcel J. Sislowitz

Chapter 27. Endocrine Function
Timothy D. Anderson, Dawn D. Anderson, and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 28. The Vocal Effects of Thyroid Disorders and Their Treatment
Julia A. Pfaff, Hilary Caruso-Sales, Aaron Jaworek, and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 29. The Effects of Hormonal Contraception on the Voice
Jennifer P. Rodney and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 30. Breast Cancer in Professional Voice Users
Dahlia M. Sataloff and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 31. Autoimmune
Robert Thayer Sataloff and Michael S. Benninger

Chapter 32. Psychological Aspects of Voice Disorders
Deborah Caputo Rosen, Reinhardt J. Heuer, David A. Sasso, and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 33. Allergy
John R. Cohn, Patricia A. Padams, Mary J. Hawkshaw, and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 34. Respiratory Dysfunction
Robert Thayer Sataloff, John R. Cohn, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 35. Pollution and Its Effects on the Voice
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 36. Pyrotechnics in the Entertainment Industry: An Overview
Cynthia Del'Aria and David A. Opperman

Chapter 37. Artificial Fogs and Smokes
Monona Rossol

Chapter 38. Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders of the Larynx
Catherine F. Sinclair and Robert S. Lebovics

Chapter 39. Pharyngitis
Mona M. Abaza and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 40. Sleep and the Vocal Performer
Joanne E. Getsy, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Julie A. Wang

Chapter 41. Nutrition and the Professional Voice
Jennifer A. Nasser and Nyree Dardarian

Chapter 42. Reflux and Other Gastroenterologic Conditions That May Affect the Voice
Robert Thayer Sataloff, Donald O. Castell, Philip O. Katz, Dahlia M. Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 43. Seating Problems and Vocalists
Richard N. Norris

Chapter 44. Bodily Injuries and Their Effects on the Voice
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 45. Performing Arts Medicine and the Professional Voice User: Risks of Nonvoice Performance
William J. Dawson, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Valerie L. Trollinger

Chapter 46. Respiratory Behaviors and Vocal Tract Issues in Wind Instrumentalists
Valerie L. Trollinger and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 47. Neurologic Disorders Affecting the Voice in Performance
Linda Dahl, Jessica W. Lim, Steven Mandel, Reena Gupta, and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 48. Medications and the Voice
Robert Thayer Sataloff, Mary J. Hawkshaw, Joseph Anticaglia, Michelle White, Kirsten Meenan, and Jonathan J. Romak

Chapter 49. Psychiatric Manifestations of Medications Prescribed Commonly in Otolaryngology
Steven H. Levy, Mona M. Abaza, Mary J. Hawkshaw, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Reinhardt J. Heuer

Chapter 50. Medications for Traveling Voice Performers
Robert Thayer Sataloff and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 51. Introduction to Treating Voice Abuse
Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 52. Speech-Language Pathology and the Professional Voice User: An Overview
Carol N. Wilder

Chapter 53. Voice Therapy
Bridget Rose, Michelle Horman, and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 54. Voice Rest
Adam D. Rubin, Robert Thayer Sataloff, Susan E. Cline, Jean Skeffington, and Karen M. Lyons

Chapter 55. Increasing Vocal Effectiveness
Bonnie N. Raphael and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 56. The Singing Voice Specialist
Margaret M. Baroody, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Linda M. Carroll

Chapter 57. The Role of the Acting-Voice Trainer in Medical Care of Professional Voice Users
Sharon L. Freed, Bonnie N. Raphael, and Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 58. Exercise Physiology: Perspective for Vocal Training
Mary J. Sandage and Matthew Hoch

Chapter 59. The Effects of Posture on Voice
John S. Rubin, Ed Blake, Lesley Mathieson, and Hala Kanona

Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
Appendix IV
Appendix V

About The Author

Robert Thayer Sataloff

Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS, is professor and chairman in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and senior associate dean for Clinical Academic Specialties at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also adjunct professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and Temple University; as well as on the faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts. Dr. Sataloff is a professional singer and singing teacher and served as conductor of the Thomas Jefferson University Choir for nearly four decades. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition from Haverford College, medical degree from Jefferson Medical College–Thomas Jefferson University, and doctor of musical arts in voice performance from Combs College of Music. He completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and fellowship in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Sataloff is chairman of the boards of directors of the Voice Foundation and the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Voice and Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, associate editor of the Journal of Singing, and on the editorial boards of numerous otolaryngology journals. He has written more than 700 publications, including 40 books. His medical practice is limited to care of the professional voice and otology/neurotology/skull base surgery.