Singing Voice Therapy

Vocal Intonation Therapy
Sessions

Neurologic music therapy (NMT) 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).

 

Vocal Intonation Therapy (VIT) “implements the use of vocal exercises to train, maintain, develop, and rehabilitate aspects of voice control due to structural, neurological, physiological, or functional abnormalities of the voice apparatus (i.e., inflection, pitch, breath control, timbre, and dynamics)” (Thaut, 2005).​ 

 

Many exercises implemented in VIT are designed similarly to those exercises that a singing teacher or choir director would use when working with singers.  

 

VIT interventions help clients regain vocal control for improved speech and verbal communication, and you don’t need to have any training as a musician to participate!  Both adults and children can benefit from VIT, specifically individuals recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, or other degenerative diseases and disorders that affect the voice.  If you or someone in your family is dealing with a voice disorder and are interested in a singing-inspired voice therapy intervention, please reach out.  I can help.

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Vocal Intonation Therapy 
Guest Lectures

The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy hosts multiple International Training Institutes each year.  This 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 methodology and techniques.  I am an assistant faculty member of the Academy providing the lecture on Vocal Intonation Therapy.  If you are interested in taking the training, please click the link below, which will take you to the Academy website.  In 2021, training institutes will be offered in Australia, Toronto, Argentina, France and Germany.

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

NMT Academy student

"Thank you so much for your eye-opening presentation at the NMT training on the weekend. I was inspired and have since booked in with a singing teacher to learn more about the science behind singing exercises."

NMT Academy student

"I have enjoyed working with you and I will definitely refer clients again in the future.  I think you're a fantastic clinician!"

Speech-language pathology colleague