Friday's Morning Panel

Panel Moderator Sten Ternström
Panel Members Heidi Vogley, Karen Wicklund, Linda Carroll, Donald Miller, David Howard, Martin Spencer, Daniel Ihasz (left to right in following picture)
Picture of Panel
Panel Introduction by the Moderator We’ve had a mixed offering this morning. The first half was about using technology in the singing studio and the second half was mostly to do with singing education. We shall first take questions at the microphone from where we finished earlier [with Karen Wicklund and Heidi Vogley’s presentation on Therapeutic Protocols for the Vocally Injured University Singer: Rehabilitation Through Collaboration]. Audio link.

Irene Feher – As you are evaluating, these students are keeping records of themselves; have you noticed what generally turns up as the main cause of these vocal problems? Audio link.
Heidi Vogley and Karen Wicklund. Audio link.

Irene Feher – My next question may be too long to answer, so if you could maybe just relate it to some studies: You had mentioned a relationship between diaphragmatic breathing and acid reflux, and I thought that was interesting. Audio link.
Heidi Vogley, with further commentary on reflux from Martin Spencer (partially off-microphone). Audio link.

Jim Doing – You mentioned something about how if a student is vocally injured and develops nodes or something, do they fall under the disability act? We had a student a year ago and she developed nodes; she was in this heavy-duty gospel choir and she was leaning on it so much that she gets pretty much thrashed. So we gave her an incomplete until she went to therapy and was in better shape. My question is, was it OK to give someone an incomplete until they could do the work, now that you have a therapeutic jury….and can you give us a few ideas of therapeutic songs? Audio link.
Audio link.

[Discussion] Sten Ternstrom – Martin Spencer you said toward the end of your talk when we’re talking about progress of students through their training that wouldn’t it be great to have a program where we could record their progress longitudinally. I think actually there are a few places, at least in Europe, where this is happening ….[listen to audio link for further discussion about longitudinal studies to develop a bank of information.] Audio link.

Unidentified audience member for Don Miller – Would you have concluded that there is a distinct middle register from your presentation? Are you saying there is one, isn’t one, or it varies from person to person? Can you help me with the definition of mixed registers are? Audio link.
Answer & further discussion of registers and terminology in commercial, classical and research. Audio link.

Philip Sargent – For the last presentation, you spoke about the charges for the therapeutic protocols, but didn’t mention costs. Do you have figures for what the cost is for either your program or a per student basis, yearly basis and how are those costs born by the university? Audio link.
Heidi Vogley. Audio link.
Linda Carroll. Audio link.

Jennifer Spielman – Regarding the last presentation, I’m a speech language pathologist and a voice rehabilitator, although I mostly work with Parkinson’s patients, and I’m also a singer. One of the general recommendations I have, when you are using the term therapeutic singing protocol, the first thing that comes to my mind is "what are these exercises, why theoretically are they being used for specific injuries"– you didn’t mention the whole variety of injuries that would be possible, and "have they been tested?" You did mention that you were going to do some testing. But in my mind I think "ok, this person has this sort of injury, there are a couple techniques out there that a professional voice rehabilitator would be qualified to use, and the speech-language pathology realm also". So were the singing exercises taken from the stand point of truly being rehabilitative and having sort of theoretical and maybe scientific grounding, or sort of from the point of view of "well, let's just go back to the basics of singing, these were a little easier, we’re going to sort of start from the beginning and sort of broaden these things out"? I want some research behind the therapy part of that. Audio link.
Answer from Karen Wicklund and Heidi Vogley – further discussion including Kate Emerich. Audio link.