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Vocal Science: Life Alteration & Transformation through Voice Restoration…


Voice Repair – Love Yourself, Love Your Voice, Help Yourself!

Do not ever give up hope! Do not ever listen to the, so-called medical professionals prompting you to accept your voice condition and learn how to live with it!How pathetic is that?Those medical professionals do not offer any solutions and could not care less that you had spent most of your life on stage singing and do not know, or want, any other lifestyle, but the one you like and love.

One of our former clients (throat cancer survivor) was told exactly that and was encouraged to be thankful to be alive. Meanwhile, that very client had spent over 45 years on stage playing guitar and singing in a rock band. After Chemo and Radiation, his fingertips lost the sensation of touch and his voice was forever raspy and hoarse, (both speaking and singing).

How frustrating could that be? My answer would be:Above and Beyond!Even though my client was suggested to accept it and “be happy to be alive!"He certainly did not want to follow that guidance.

To his credit, he never stopped looking and …

Vocal Science: Love Your Voice – Love Yourself!!!

Paralyzed Vocal Cord Due to Intubation and Other Causes… Could it be treated and could the voice be restored other then Non-Surgically?

The voice disorder such as a paralyzed vocal cord is definitely “not a picnic” to put it mildly. Usually, this condition occurs due to a related or non-related surgery. It occurs very often during the thyroid extraction or spine fusion, where the neck is involved. It actually could occur in any surgery where intubation takes place.

The fact is that majority of the hospitals here in Canada and in the United States are the teaching hospitals. What that means is that these kind of procedures are not necessarily conducted by the appointed specialist(s), but are being performed by medical interns or even by medical faculty University students. Those young doctors to be are obviously still learning and do not have experience how to insert those tubes correctly. Thus, the occurred mistakes, which could cause the patient a severe damage of their vocal box, could be crucial to one’s life. 

 So the patient who went in to the operating room with a perfectly good voice, woke up a few hours late…

Really… Bad Singing!

Last night, we happened to catch a concert which originated in Paris and the venue held, no doubts, over 60,000 people! It was truly packed.

To the credit of all those people and the two well-known bands, in spite of the unstable political situation, the concert went on and actually, to my surprise, was very well received. 

While watching the concert, I became more and more scared that singing (off key, off tone and off tune) is becoming our standard. 

I originally came from Leningrad, (St. Petersburg, Russia), and was deeply enrolled from the age of 6 in all sorts of music. Education in Russia is taken very seriously; so I spent 12 consecutive years, 7 days a week doing music and, specifically, singing. 

I, apparently, possessed ‘perfect pitch’ which, I am not sure right now that I still have. 

I have been teaching singing since I was 17. That makes it close to 42 years now and 32 years in my own school here in Toronto. 

I have taught an estimated 20.000 students over the years and I think…

Take a wild guess… Could Registered Speech Therapists Restore the Singers’ voice?