I’m a performer (singer, actor). Shouldn’t I just work with a singing teacher or voice coach instead of getting voice therapy?

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I’m a performer (singer, actor). Shouldn’t I just work with a singing teacher or voice coach instead of getting voice therapy?

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It depends on the nature of your voice problem. (See our discussion in Professions at Risk: Vocal Performer and Vocal Performers’ FAQs). If, after a thorough vocal function evaluation, the cause of your voice symptoms appears to be associated with a technical singing or stage voice problem, a singing teacher or voice coach may indeed be the best person with whom to work. However, it is often the case that the cause of a performer’s voice problem lies in the use of the non-performance voice, in which case a voice therapist trained in the singing voice would generally be the best professional to help you. In addition, it may be that the technical errors that caused the voice problem have also caused inflammation or “nodules, polyps and cystson the vocal folds. In that case, it is best to work with a voice professional who is trained to work with a performer with an injured larynx. This is either a voice therapist who specializes in vocal artists, or a singing teacher who has additional t

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