Would you like to:
better understand the multiple complex factors that go into working with singers...
be able to better communicate with singers in regards to voice care and rehab...
build on your knowledge of singing voice and take a preventative care lens...
collaborate with other members of the singer's voice care team (SLP with voice teachers and vice versa)...
add science to your artistic practice, or art to your scientific clinical practice...
help singers through all stages of vocal injury and health...
If you answered YES,
then I'm really glad you're here.
Hi! I'm Melanie Tapson.
I have a bustling voice practice in Toronto, ON Canada that prioritizes care for singers of all kinds.
As a singer myself, I am honoured to help keep singers doing what they love even more joyfully!
When I was seeking a voice care team in my own singing career, I found it challenging to explain to non-voice medical professionals the context in which I was using my voice. So now, I also find immense joy in creating opportunities that bring fellow voice enthusiasts - both voice teachers and speech pathologists - together to allow for knowledge translation across disciplines. I'm excited at the prospect of breaking down barriers, pulling back the curtain, and swirling the science and art of voice care together (with glee and a touch of irreverence!), creating a collaborative community that encourages us all to elevate one another's voice practices by sharing what we know!
As a singer, I've had amazing experiences like touring with an award-winning big band, starring in major production musicals, singing on studio recordings, and sailing around with Disney Cruise Line. As a voice teacher, I've held studio positions teaching across the lifespan, taught at an auditioned performing arts high school, been the vocal director for Concordia University's production of Into The Woods and the vocal coach for the Toronto All Star Big Band, and dialect coach for studio recordings. And as a clinical voice speech language pathologist, I've worked in a professional voice clinic on a team alongside a laryngologist as well as in a collaborative private practice, where I have the honour and privilege of keeping singers doing what they love more joyfully every day.
I'm excited to bring you a workshop from my perspectives as a singer, teacher, and SLP that's designed to help us all bring singers the best of habilitative and rehabilitative care - by keeping the singer at the centre of our collaborative circle!
"But how can I understand the needs of singers when I have no experience with singing?"
"How can I train singers without fear of causing damage or hindering the rehabilitation process?"
It's actually a lot easier than you think -
we talk to one another.
It's that simple.
Except... it isn't.
Because we don't have avenues of access to evidence based voice science for voice teachers and SLPs don't know the wealth of knowledge and singing experience they could gain access to by connecting and working alongside voice teachers to support their singing voice clients.
A collaborative approach to singing voice rehabilitation is the key.
Imagine what it will feel like to:
- Confidently support your singing client through all stages of voice care - from prevention to injury recovery and support, restoring function through to optimization
- Share your evidence-based knowledge with other members of a voice care team to work collaboratively in supporting the singing voice client through rehabilitation
- Deepen your understanding of the singers' individual needs, allowing you to meaningfully communicate with your client to support them throughout their rehabilitation journey
Here's what it's meant to others...
By the end of this workshop you'll have learned:
the core components of singing voice evaluation and therapy that help a clinician create an individualized plan for a singer with vocal complaints
the role & scope of both voice teachers and SLPs on the team, and how each one has an important role to play
how to consider the expectations of the vocalist - including the context and style they are singing in - to help you create a customized return-to-full-voicing plan
Here's what's included in
A Collaborative Approach To Singing Voice Rehabilitation
1. Expert content
You'll get 90 min of live, high quality, and engaging continuing education on singing voice rehabilitation by a professional singer (20+ years of live, touring, production & studio singing, Disney Cruise Line, Paramount, Universal Records, Juno Awards) and experienced and internationally accredited SLP and educator (BEd and adjunct lecturer on Singing Voice Rehab at University of Toronto SLP graduate program, and PAMA Conference Speaker) (Value $400)
2. On-demand access
Unlimited access to the recording of this workshop for up to 90 days following, so you can watch the session on your own schedule and rewatch it as much as you like to deepen your knowledge, crystallize key points, and take notes at your own pace (Value: $50)
3. Answers to your questions
You get the chance to ask Melanie Tapson specific questions regarding singing voice rehabilitation and watch her figure out the answers on the spot! (Trust us. This is enough entertainment alone!) (Value: $60)
BONUS: New friends & colleagues
When you attend live, you get the additional opportunity to interact, engage, and learn alongside other SLPs and voice teachers to build real connections in the voice community that build your network and improve how you can provide voice care to singers in future (value: PRICELESS! #amIright?!)
Total Value = ($510)
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