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Ep.75 Vocal Rehabilitation For Singers With Dr Jenevora Williams

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Dr Jenevora Williams was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PHD in voice science in the UK and was awarded the BVA Van Lawrence prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research in 2010. Her research has taken her to subjects such as vocal health, performance anxiety, teaching young singers, and singing in the brain. Dr Jenevora Williams joins Alexa this week on Singing Teachers’ Talk to discuss vocal rehabilitation for singers. 



  • Vocal rehabilitation is the process of restoring health to a voice user who has, for whatever reason, injured or tired their voice. It can also be because of other health conditions. The rehabilitation specialist can work with them to identify the causes, work on the impact of lifestyle on the voice, and pacing the voice. Their job is to restore the singer's voice back to functionality. 
  • Singing teachers should not diagnose. You can identify problems and say what you hear. You can’t diagnose but you can have a fairly good idea on if it’s a functional problem or a pathological one. 
  • The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a statutory regulator of over 280,000 professionals from 15 health and care professions in the United Kingdom.
  • A maladaptation is a trait that is more harmful than helpful, in contrast with an adaptation, which is more helpful than harmful. 



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Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her book, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, has been enormously popular with singing teachers throughout the world. She is well-known for her imaginative and rigorous international training courses for singing teachers and voice professionals. She now runs Vocal Health Education and Evolving Voice, training the first generation of Voice Rehabilitation Specialists worldwide. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages in both voice rehabilitation and career mentoring.



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