Vocal Health Practitioner Online Content

The entire list of films in Module One

Introduction Module
Walking you through Module 1 of the Vocal Health Practitioner course.
Story one: The Pub and Function Band Singer
Choosing your words carefully to create meaningful interaction.
The power of commenting: real examples of performers’ experiences in the teaching room.
Discovering the relevance of the spoken voice to the sung voice.
Exploring muscle tension dypshonia during endoscopy: identifying normal and abnormal function.
Understanding how to make best use of amplification for vocal health and tone.
Considering the importance of hearing in singing, including the physiology of hearing and strategies to protect the ears while enhancing singers’ perception of sound.
How does vocal fold injury occur, and what is required for recovery?
Considering and defining the roles of vocal demand, fatigue and effort as they relate to work in the voice studio.
Understanding how and why to do semi-occluded vocal tract exercises.
Brief Introduction to Functional Breathing (in general and for singing)
An introduction to the different areas of common mental health problems
An introduction to the impact of performance anxiety on health
Theory, ethics and safe practice in advance of guiding a client through vocal massage.
Ten years on, a singer relates their experience of a life-changing vocal pathology.

Anatomy Module

An introduction to anatomical language and planes, and why we need to be aware of both.
Origins, insertions and how the SCM is used.
Considering the complex workings of the jaw.
Situating the diaphragm anatomically.
Story two: the post voice-change young man
Initial considerations when teaching singing to children.
The voice of an infant, why are children’s voices different?
Musical beginnings in pre-school children.
Thinking about vocal possibilities in children aged 4–7.
Vocal possibilities and considerations for children aged 7–11.
From Trauma-Aware to Trauma-Informed: the meaning and impact of trauma, and how to care for clients appropriately.
The onset of puberty and why the female and the male voice are different.
Understanding the impact of puberty on the adolescent girl’s voice.
Considering genre and applying voice qualities to different styles: the female adolescent voice.
Strategies to free the sound, reduce effort and empower performance.
Understanding the impact of puberty on the adolescent boy’s voice.
Addressing the five developmental stages of the adolescent male voice.
Group singing and choirs: troubleshooting gender, perception and vocal possibilities.
Considering the 8 physical realities behind the Voice Skills approach: cause and contribution.
Considering symptoms, clinical diagnosis and treatment of muscle tension dysphonia.
Thinking about how to apply coaching theory to teaching and improve our listening skills.
How to detect and monitor swelling in the laryngeal area.
Bringing conscious awareness to functional movement during breathing.
Why, what and when should a singer drink?
Practical protocols for safely guiding your client through vocal massage.

Voice Clinic Online Module

Understanding the laryngeal endoscopy: history, options, procedure.
Understanding the anatomical structure of the larynx and what an endoscopist might look for.
Exploring and demystifying vocal nodules and haemorrhage.
Benign conditions affecting the vocal folds: how they develop, how they affect the voice, and how they are diagnosed and treated.
A detailed examination of the causes, effects and treatments of vocal fold paresis and atrophy.
Considering inflammation in the larynx: why contributing factors are significant in the treatment of Reinke’s Oedema and vocal fold granulomas.
Story three: the Musical Theatre singer with a rigorous schedule
The vocal health challenges CCM coaches encounter in the studio: prevention is better than cure.
How to discern and describe what we hear in the speaking voice.
Beginning an evidence-based conversation on the subject of exercise and the voice: benefits, detriments, and myth-busting.
Exploring the interindividual variability of reflux and providing a systematic approach for managing symptoms.
Exploring common laryngeal disorders – nodules, polyps and bowing/atrophy – during endoscopy.
The role of the singing voice (rehabilitation) specialist: taking a thorough vocal history and practical considerations for an initial session.
The role body image plays in self-esteem and how exercise can help.
Exploring the connection between bodyweight and the voice.
Using questions in an appropriate and productive way.
Thinking about how to make vocal rest part of your daily routine and optimise voice use.
Working with resonance to improve both vocal technique and vocal health.
Balancing breath and tone for speaking, singing and vocal health.
Exercises and strategies to develop resilience in the vocal mechanism following a break.
The challenges of being a musical director: knowledge, power, responsibility and continued professional development.

Philosophy and Boundaries

Considering how to create and maintain professional boundaries to protect both client and practitioner.
Complexity, causation and evidence-based medicine: bringing awareness to the biases of both patients and clinicians in the treatment room.
In the studio: coaching and psychosocial considerations.
Survival strategies: mental health concerns within the music industry.

Story four: A classically trained singer who is a member of a professional touring ensemble

Discussing the particular concerns of professional classical singers, both soloists and ensembles.
Problems particular to young adult singers.
The adult female singer: menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
This explores the health benefits of singing throughout the lifespan and especially into senior years.
This final film looks at the extent to which the voice declines as it ages and how to ensure longevity in the voices of older singers.
How changes in the elderly body contribute to the aging voice.
Developing a systematic approach to assessing the voice.
Clarifying how osteopathy can be a useful therapy for muscle tension dysphonia (inappropriate tension) in voice users.
Exploring the impact of upper airway disorders on the larynx.
An introduction to available talking therapies, their applications and how to access them.
Exploring some exercises for engaging with the core elements of the Voice Skills approach.
Exploring how to prevent and treat the ill-effects of infection and allergies.
An overview of common respiratory disorders and their impact on vocal health.
Considering best practice for immune and vocal health: empowering a singer to protect themselves from false information and bad advice.
How to maintain a singer’s nutritional health in a practical context.
No going back: how to work with permanent change and resist the temptation to correct it.

What happens now?

What happens to the Vocal Health Practitioner next?