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Recognizing when your student needs a Medical Professional

By: Anna Siciliano, MA CCC/SLP
Posted on: September 15, 2013

Changes in the voice mean something…..but what?? Don’t guess!

  • Misdiagnosis of voice problems is common.
  • Patients/students may be sent to us with the  wrong diagnosis
  • Patients/students may be sent to us from other singing teachers with the wrong idea of what is causing the problem

Misdiagnoses include:

  • Nodules- may really be an early vocal fold cancer
  • Nodules –may be a granuloma
  • Nodules –may be a  congenital cyst (usually requires surgery)
  • Hoarseness- may be  nodules or cyst or polyp
  • Loss of range may be lack of technique OR nodules, hemorrhage, paralysis, bowing
  • Reflux- may be  granuloma, paralysis, granuloma, candida
  • Vocal Fatigue-may be early atrophy or vocal fold  bowing
  • Pitch breaks may be technique OR lesion, paralysis, reflux, laryngitis, allergies

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Finding the Right Learning Songs for your Students

By: John Henny

Posted on: June 17, 2013

There may be a number of songs a student is working on. These can fall into different categories: audition songs, songs they are currently performing or songs they simply enjoy singing.

There is another extremely important category – songs that will build and appropriately challenge their voice.

Often, these songs will not be what a student would choose for themselves or even be in their chosen genre, but working on the correct material can help their voice immensely.

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Working with Adolescents and Young Adult Singers

By: Dr. Steven Sims

Posted on: May 27, 2013

Remember that we teach singers to place their whole body under their singing and many adolescents are struggling with body image issues. So, we must tread very carefully.

A.  2/3 of adolescent girls are unhappy with their weight -
Girls more more likely to engage in binge eating/buliminia or to develop anorexia

B.  1/3 of adolescent boys are unhappy with their weight -
Boys more like to exercise excessively, take protein supplements, try steroids

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A sampling of the articles that are available to IVTOM Members:

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Winterize Your Voice
The Importance of the Team Approach
What Happens At the Bridges?
Singing A Song - The Main Goal
Correcting Nasality
Learning to Utilize and Benefit from Performance Anxiety
Working with Different Voice Types
Muscle Tension Dysphonia
Help Your Students Less to Help Them More
Helping Students Who Don’t Get the Part
Recognizing When Your Student Needs A Medical Professional
Healing Voices
The Importance of Vocal Science
An Interview with Dr. Robert Bastian, ENT
Surviving Cold/Allergy Season
Caffeine and the Singer
Working With An ‘Airy’ Voice
Relaxing the Jaw
Recitals - To Do or Not To Do?
Finding the Right Learning Songs For Your Students
Keeping It Honest
Should I Organize An Event About Vocal Technique?
Working With Adolescents and Young Adult Singers
Teaching Children
Effects of Hormones On the Larynx
Speech Counts
Health for Voice Teachers
Trust Your Ears
Working With Beginners
Reassessing Our Teaching
Vocal Over Doer Syndrome
Hints for Building and Strengthening Your Vocal Studio
Warming Up and Taking Care Of Our Voices
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
Remembering the Basics
Allergy and the Voice
Encouragement
Support and Diaphragm Use
The Importance of Your Website
Vowel Centering and Narrowing
Understanding the Vocal Bridges
The Question of ‘Support’
The 15 Year Old Changing Voice
Mix Ideas Presented at PAS6
Belt, Chest Voice, and Mix
The Physiology of Belting
Strengthening A Male Singer’s Upper Range
Taking Students Out Of Their Comfort Zone
‘Old School’ Advice To Singers
Increasing Range
‘Overdriving’ Your Vocal Cords
Team Building
Clearing Your Throat
The Key Is Connection (The Essence of Singing)
10 Tips For Singers
Latest Science On What Happens During the Bridges
Consistency IS The Key!
Staying In Touch With Your Student’s Needs
Marketing By Connecting With Music Stores
Singing With Style
It Doesn’t Sound Like Me - Part 2
It Doesn’t Sound Like Me
Working Through the Bridges - The Key to Balancing the Voice
The Job of ‘Fixing’ the Voice Is the Teacher’s, Not the Student’s
Increasing the Efficiency of Your Studio
It Sounds Different In Your Head
The Role of the Voice Teacher
Round and Down
Singing Stronger
Vocal Fatigue and Irritation Concerns
Interview With New Student
The Use of TA and CT Muscles In Singing
Finding Head Voice
Using French Vowels
Sight Singing and Music Theory Software
When Is the Student Ready To Sing Songs?
Colleges and Conservatories
Young Voices

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