Care of the Professional Voice: A Guide to Voice Management for Singers, Actors and Professional Voice Users / Edition 2

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Singer and actors are a unique group of performers, relying almost entirely on their voice for the professional livelihood. Jet lag, amplification, allergens, stress, pollution, and vocal strain all affect vocal performance. Written for the performer, the teacher, and the vocal coach, Care of the Professional Voice offers clear explanations and medical advice on vocal problems and vocal health.

Care of the Professional Voice is written by experts in laryngology in the United States and Great Britain. This second edition includes a singer's guide to self-diagnosis.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This volume should become a staple of every singer/actor's library.' – James Morris, Metropolitan Opera

'Anyone whose voice is their livelihood will welcome this succinct and user-friendly book.' – Sir Anthony Hopkins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878301904
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Garfield Davies is consulting laryngologist to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theater, the English National Opera, and the Royal Opera House. Anthony Jahn MD is Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at Columbia University. Anat Keidar is Director of Vox Humana Voice Laboratory, Head & Neck Surgical Group, New York.

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Table of Contents

1 Anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism 1
2 Development of the larynx and the voice 12
3 Age and voice 17
4 Attributes of a good vocal performer 22
5 General considerations before performance 26
6 Laryngeal disorders : diagnosis, treatment and prevention 31
7 Anxiety, artistic temperament and the voice 51
8 Popular music and the musical theatre 61
9 Travel and the vocal performer 73
10 Medications and the professional voice 78
11 General medical considerations in the vocal performer 88
12 A visit to the laryngologist 106
13 Surgery and the vocal artist 115
14 A singer's guide to self-diagnosis 125
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