Singers must equip themselves with enough knowledge to clearly convey specific sensations and difficulties with their instrument. Understanding of potential dangers and disorders, familiarity with a variety of medical procedures, and comprehension in various facets of diagnosis and treatments empower singers to "own," just like other musicians, their instrument. The Owner's Manual to the Voice provides singers with the knowledge necessary to communicate
effectively and in intelligent terms about their instrument, especially when conversing with medical professionals. Beginning with an overview of the vocal anatomy, lead author Rachel Gates, and co-authors L. Arrick Forest, M.D. and Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.C/S.L.P, proceed through detailed discussions of caring
for the voice and common causes of vocal changes and problems before guiding the reader through the process of choosing, talking to, and working with an ENT. In so doing, they give insights that any professional voice user - whether singer, actor, broadcaster, politician, teacher, preacher, lawyer, salesperson or telemarketer - will find helpful if not essential.
Soprano, Opera Director and Singing Health Specialist, Dr. Rachael Gates has sung in Germany, Italy, Russia and many of the United States. Dr. Gates was Assistant Opera Director at Northwestern University and Director of Midwest Young Artist's Opera and Music Theater Program in Chicago, IL for three years. She has taught Acting at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and guest directed operas for Yale University. She teaches vocal health at Michigan State University where she is a member of the MSU Musician's Wellness Team and teaches vocal health to broadcasters, singers and SLP student clinicians. Arick Forrest is Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, Residency Program Director, and serves as the Director of The Ohio State University Voice and Swallowing Disorders Clinic. He has been involved in treating the professional voice since completing his Laryngology fellowship at Vanderbilt University under Robert H. Ossoff DMD MD in 1993.
Chapter 1: Introduction ; Chapter 2: Your Instrument at a Glance ; Chapter 3: The Singer as an Athlete ; Chapter 4: Troubleshooting ; Chapter 5: Indirect Culprits ; Chapter 6: What Purpose Does the ENT Clinic Serve, and How Will It Serve You? ; Chapter 7: A Vocalist's Guide to Finding the Right ENT ; Chapter 8: The First Visit and Procedure ; Chapter 9: A Partnership in Performance ; Chapter 10: Common Pathologies and Disorders in Singing and Possible Treatments ; Chapter 11: Vocally Hazardous Drugs ; Chapter 12: Cautions to the Singer Undergoing Surgery ; Chapter 13: A Hypothetical Laryngeal Phonosurgery ; Chapter 14: Commonly Answered Questions ; Chapter 15: Glosary ; Index