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Singing voice education

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Clinical voice supervision for music therapists

If you are a Music Therapist, you sing as part of your clinical practice every day.  You use your voice to lead group singing with adequate volume, and to facilitate client response.  You also perform in a variety of moods and styles (e.g., classical, pop, children's songs, chant, vocal toning) which often incorporate client preference and improvisation.  If you were a voice major in University, you’ve likely had training in singing. If your primary instrument wasn’t voice, you may not have had singing training at all.  Applied singing lessons for Music Therapists include: basic functional singing training, techniques for maintaining good vocal health and injury prevention related to the demands of your profession, training on how to sing in non-traditional postures with self-accompaniment, stylistic instruction (classical vs. pop), work on improvisational singing with lead sheets, and vocal toning.  

If you are a Music Therapist, you may also come across clients on your caseload with voice disorders.  If you want to learn how to use a music-inspired voice therapy approach like Neurologic Music Therapy® to improve your professional practise, I can help.  One example Neurologic Music Therapy® speech and language exercise is Vocal Intonation Therapy®, which employs the use of vocal exercises to “…train, maintain, develop, and rehabilitate aspects of voice control due to structural, neurological, physiological, psychological, or functional abnormalities of the voice apparatus” (Thaut, 2014).  

 

If you are a music therapist looking for clinical voice training or clinical voice supervision, please reach out.  

Guest lectures

Neurologic music therapy® is "an evidence-based treatment approach that implements music and rhythmic interventions to promote recovery and neuroplasticity. Musical intervention in speech rehabilitation is beneficial because it is one of the few modes of recovery that activates the whole brain simultaneously, promoting neuroplasticity and improving functional speech and language goals (i.e., speech rate, fluency, breath management, and respiratory strength)" (Thaut, 2005). 

 

The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy hosts multiple International Training Institutes each year.  The training is offered to allied professionals who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Neurologic Music Therapy® and to music therapists interested in utilizing NMT® methodology and techniques.  

 

I am an assistant faculty member of the Academy providing lectures on Vocal Intonation Therapy® and Therapeutic Singing®.  

 

If you are interested in taking the training, please click the link below, which will take you to the Academy website.  In 2023, training institutes will be offered in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, and France.  

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"I took the NMT Training back in February.  All the information that you shared has made a significant difference in my practice."

"Thank you so much for your eye-opening presentation at the NMT training on the weekend. I was inspired and want to learn more about the science behind singing exercises."

"Dr. Charlene organized every lecture with very informative content. Students really learned a lot from her class. Her lecture helped the students understand the basic concepts of vocal anatomy, the pathology of voice disorders, and much more. These course materials are not easy for students that are not voice majors, but Dr. Charlene was able to deliver the lecture using lots of case examples or her personal experiences to make the content more relatable therefore and easier to understand."

​"The course's content was very thorough, detailed, and applicable... it made me want to study vocal pedagogy in further depth - not just because of the content, but also because of the professor who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience."

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