How does singing therapy differ from singing lessons?

Daniel McCabe, DMA, CCC-SLP
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

Singing therapy is a type of voice therapy that targets repair of an injured singing voice. It is provided by a specially-trained voice therapist who has experience with the singing voice and the demands placed on it. The goal of singing therapy is the restoration of a healthy instrument (tissues and the control of those tissues).

Singing lessons are music lessons for the instrument called the voice. As such they deal with making music with this most expressive of all instruments. A singing teacher is a specially-trained professional who understands not only the structure and use of the tissues involved, but helps a student learn how to ‘play’ those tissues and interpret pieces of music. A singing teacher’s knowledge must encompass technique (how to use the voice), languages and diction, musical styles, interpretation, and fostering the connection between the mind and the voice. Singing therapy and singing lessons are complimentary disciplines with different goals.

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Some of the most common symptoms of voice disorders are a change in your voice (it becomes either deeper or raspy), you have trouble singing, your throat feels raw or itchy and you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat. Th...

ese symptoms can be caused by inflammation, respiratory infection, growths on your vocal cords or just by overusing your voice if you are for example a professional singer or a member of a cheerleading squad. If you develop a voice disorder, you may want to see an otolaryngologist to determine the cause of your voice problem.

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