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What Singers need to know as Vocal Athletes with Marci Daniels Rosenberg

Episode Summary –

Vocal injury is not uncommon in the world of singing. This injury is a type of damage that can occur to the vocal cords, which produce sound by either vibrating together or rubbing against each other to create friction that produces the sound. The most common causes are viral infections and vocal abuse (such as shouting).

Singers have a higher risk of sustaining a vocal injury because singing is a physical activity that involves the muscles of the vocal cords, mouth, and throat. When they push their voices too far, injury becomes inevitable.

There are a number of warning signs that can indicate voice injury. Some people have a hoarse or rough voice or one that is runny, with no obvious cause. Others may notice they are losing their voice quickly and easily. Persistent throat clearing and having to clear your throat often may also be indicators of vocal pathology. If you have any of these symptoms, particularly if you’re a singer, it's important to schedule an appointment with a professional as soon as possible.

In this episode, Marci Daniels Rosenberg discusses this subject as a professional. Learn why singers are at a higher risk of getting vocal injuries and what kinds of things put singers at higher risk for sustaining them. Also, know what you can do to restore your voice as a singer.

Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:45] Know Marci better and how she got into what she does today.
[05:11] Just how important is your voice?
[08:53] A bit about Marci’s book; The Vocal Athlete.
[11:28] The difference between modern & traditional vocal training.
[12:40] Why are singers more prone to vocal injuries, and what can be done about it?
[17:19] Vocal injury after a performance and what should be done afterward.
[22:49] Warning signs of voice pathology and what should be done. In voice training, how to deal with flu, colds, and other respiratory illnesses.
[34:06] Practical things to help in preventing vocal injury.
[43:52] Ways singers can train to prevent vocal injury.
[50:29] The Canadian documentary that Marci will be featured in; The Nature of Things


About Marci Daniels Rosenberg –
Marci Daniels Rosenberg, BM, MS CCC-SLP – Marci is a singer, speech pathologist and clinical singing voice specialist. She has worked clinically for almost 20 years at The University of Michigan, Vocal Health Center specializing in rehabilitation of injured voices. Additionally, she serves as the on-site vocal health consultant to the Department of Musical Theatre at University of Michigan. Marci teaches workshops and lectures nationally and internationally on vocal health and wellness, managing vocal injuries in the vocal athlete, and application of kinesiology principals to voice therapy and singing voice rehabilitation.

She is co-author of The Vocal Athlete, and The Vocal Athlete- Application and technique for the hybrid singer, soon going into its third edition. She has research publications and is also a featured author in several voice pedagogy books.

Marci is guest faculty at The New CCM Summer Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah and served as Vice President for the Pan-American Vocology Association. Marci continues to be very active with PAVA.

She maintains a private voice studio and consulting practice. As Marci specializes in multiple vocal styles, her clients have ranged from the Broadway stage to the Metropolitan Opera and everything in between.

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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality.

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