Teaching, Tools & Tips
- NCVS: Check Your Meds The National Centre for Voice & Speech has a page where you can look up your medications, and discover any negative side-effects to your voice.
- Vocal Cords Singing If you have never seen vocal cords from a birds-eye view before, this is a nice introduction. There are no scientific descriptions, just four singers making some beautiful music, while you watch their little muscles sing.
- MRI of Beatboxing, Speech, and Classical Singing For a side view of the voice in action, check out this fascinating footage of selected MRI’s. You can watch the tongues’ highly automated movements, and the adjustments of each subject’s vocal tract during vocalization. Please note that MRI’s are taken while the subject is lying down, so all the movements you see are affected by a different relationship to gravity than when we sit or stand.
- Every Day Voice Care The Lifestyle Guide For Singers And Talkers, by Joanna Cazden, MFA, MS-CCC and SLP Joanna Cazden is the perfect author for this guide; she has lived the life of a touring singer and speaker, and faced the challenges associated with heavy voice use first-hand. She knows what professional voice-users need to know. Order this book to fill in your knowledge gaps and learn what it takes to take care of your voice.
- The Vocal Pitstop: Keeping Your Voice On Track, by Adam D. Rubin, M.D. Already experiencing vocal trouble? While you are waiting for your appointment with a qualified Vocologist, or are still looking for one you can access, get some answers from a renowned Laryngologist. This book is only 76 pages, and is jam-packed with technical and practical information for the voice-user in crisis. If your voice is doing just fine, this book (along with Every Day Voice Care) will be a valuable resource to go through and then save for a rainy day.
- Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure, by Jamie Kaufman, M.D. & Jordan Stern, M.D. with French Master Chef, Marc Bauer Struggling from acid reflux? This disease is one of the most common obstacles to Vocal Health, and this book provides a useful overview of reflux from a medical perspective, as well as easy steps and recipes to improve your diet immediately (I ignored the recipes, and used the PH-friendly foods listed as my shopping guide). This book continues to be a recommended resource in the field of Vocal Health.
- Fascinations With The Human Voice, by Ingo R. Titze, PHD Written from a scientific perspective by one of the leaders in the world of Voice Science, this 60-page volume is nice first step toward becoming a true voice nerd. There are colourful pictures, anatomical diagrams, graphs and analogies a-plenty.
- The Performer’s Voice: Realizing Your Vocal Potential, by Meribeth Bunch Dayme, PHD So you have been bit with the voice bug, eh? Here is another take on the basics of voice, with a nice overview of the anatomical structures, and from a perspective that values the connections between thoughts, emotions and the voice.
- Body and Voice: Somatic Re-education, by Marina Gilman, M.M, M.A, SLP and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® Here is another exciting perspective, which begins to incorporate the body and alignment aspects of singing in more depth and on a motor level. This particular perspective speaks to me, and I highly recommend somatic re-education to anyone serious about their singing.
- The Psoas Book, by Liz Koch A quick read, this book provides some actionable exercises to help release the psoas muscle, which has some major downstream effects on the voice.
- The Inner Voice: The Making Of A Singer, by Renée Fleming Had enough Vocal Pedagogy and Science? Here is an inspiring memoire by a famous Classical Soprano, which had me sighing and smiling along. A satisfying read for the voice-lover.
- Principals of Voice Production, by Ingo R. Titze, PHD If you’ve made it this far, I am going to recommend this textbook, which will keep you reading, learning and scratching your head for years to come. Fair warning: this volume contains seriously advanced Voice Science.
If you make it through this entire list, you will have become “one of us”. On that day, private message me for a chat, and I will have plenty more books to recommend.