This post is intended to supplement the linked PDF of the Powerpoint presentation used at the “Care of the Singing Voice” Workshop presented by Duke Voice Care Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh on 4.14.12.
The pdf of the presentation was provided to me to share with you by Leda Scearce, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, at the Duke Voice Care Center. It is full of great information on this topic!
I bolded pages to major topics to serve as an index and included highlights, referenced videos which won’t appear on the PDF, and some additional notes and comments [in brackets].
Thanks, Leda! It was a great workshop! Thanks, also, to Yuri Yamamoto for organizing the event.
I hope you find this useful! Please let me know!
Highlights, Additional Notes, Comments and Referenced videos
“Care of the Singing Voice” Workshop presented by Duke Voice Care Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh on 4.14.12
Page 9-17: Normal Voice Production
In human voice production, lungs are the actuators of the power supply.
Excess, prolonged pressure on the vocal folds causes damage to the vocal folds.
The consistency of healthy vocal folds is like Jello.
Video of healthy vocal folds:
Stroboscopy: video of female vocal cords at high and low pitch:
Page 18-30: What Happens When Things Goes Wrong?
Caffeine, alcohol, smoking and second hand smoke are all harmful to the singing voice. Drink LOTS of water all day! At least eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day!
Page 31-55: Management (Behavioral, Medical, Surgical)
Vocal Hygiene: The things we do to keep the voice healthy
· Taking care of the body
· Using the voice well
Page 56- 68: Vocal Pacing
Vocal Pacing Golden Rule!
Warm up your voice before singing, cool down your voice after singing.
Special Considerations for Music Directors/Choral Conductors
•Warm up your voice before rehearsal
•Use amplification for your voice during rehearsal
•Use printed signs or hand signals to communicate messages that you say over and over
•Minimize using your voice to teach the music
Recommended use of:
Spokeman Personal Voice Amplifier
Page 69: How will I know if I Have a Voice Injury?
Page 72-81: Singing Styles and Techniques
· Mechanics of Singing (General, Classical, and Belting)
Page 82-89: Acoustics of Singing/ Physics of Sound
Page 91: Speaking and Singing Voice Exercise
Emphasis of proper skeletal alignment and good body use. [I recommend study of the Alexander Technique and/or Feldenkrais to improve ease and quality of singing and playing!]
Referenced video: Joseph Callejo: Nessun Dorma
[I prefer this perfermance: Jussi Bjorling "Nessun dorma" Live 1958]
Referenced video: Adele: Rolling in the Deep
Page 90-111: Vocal Exercise for Singing
[Lots of great suggestions. We spent 30 minutes in the workshop practicing these.]