Troubled New Student

Troubled New Student

So here I sit again……..
Waiting for a new student.
He should be here instead of home because…..
He is experiencing vocal pain and hoarseness.
Pain and hoarseness during and after rehearsal for a musical theatre production at the high school he attends.
A really bad thing for any singer to experience.
I wish he could understand just how worried I am for the well being of his voice.
I wish he could understand just how worried I am about his vocal future.
His singing future could be over by the time the production he is in has finished it’s run.
That’s right…I said… “over”.
This production could be the end of another beautiful voice.
I see it all the time.
If a singer is feeling pain it is already to late.
Vocal ligaments have fewer nerves than the surrounding muscles so that by the time a singer begins to feel pain it is to late. Way to late. Something serious has been going wrong for to long.
Vocal ligaments also have less blood flow. Which means that any injury to the voice takes longer to heal.
In my opinion, I blame the “music professionals” at the high school he attends.
None of them knows better.
Not the teachers.
Not the “music professionals”.
Not the parents.
And not the musical student. Who is now complaining of pain and hoarseness.
It causes me to wonder how a conductor or voice coach, choir director or “music proffessional” lacks the training to understand what is happening to this teenager’s voice.
How does that happen?
We trust these people to be knowledgeable about the voice.
Perhaps…. Our trust is misplaced.
I see it all the time.

-Nancy Badger

Photo Attribution: IMG_0869 by ASA Productions

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