Performing Arts Medicine

UCL’s 1st PAM UK Day

Posted on Categories: Performing Arts, Performing Arts Medicine

I am please to announce I will be presenting my MSc research, An investigation of the laryngeal mechanism during vocal register transition in female vocalists at the 1st PAM UK Day being held at UCL on Saturday 17th. It’s great to get a PAM event happening in the UK. Hopefully the first of many.

Touring and the singer

Touring and the singer

Posted on Categories: Education, General Health, Inspiration, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Medicine, Personal Development, Practice techniques, Singers, Singing, Slider, Top Tips, Vocal Health

Not so long ago I received an email from a singer by the name of Vanessa Murray. She was gathering information to help her with her MA dissertation on the topic of how touring affects the voice. I thought you might find this information of use too so have published the answers I gave her […]

Did you know not all doctors are equal when it comes to the singing voice?

Posted on Categories: General Health, Performing Arts Medicine, Singers, Singing, Vocal Health, Vocal medicine

It seems more and more singers are developing voice problems as they embark on their singing careers. Several recent famous examples include Adele, Sam Smith, Jess Glynne and John Mayer. In this video, Dr. Steven Zeitels talks about surgery like Adele’s and the use of voice in the modern day. Unlike the elite singer, most of […]

Hypermobility in singers

Hypermobility and singing – is it relevant?

Posted on Categories: General Health, Performing Arts Medicine, Singers, Slider, Vocal Health, Vocal medicine

Is hypermobility an advantage or disadvantage for singers? I’ve been learning a lot of interesting things about performers and medical issues on my Perming Arts Medicine masters program. One topic which piqued my interest and gave me an ah-ha moment was that of hypermobility aka double-jointedness. This condition can be an advantage for some performing artist […]

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

OMG it’s TMJD! Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and the singer

Posted on Categories: General Health, Performing Arts Medicine, Singing, Slider, Vocal Health

I  recently had a question from a teacher who was concerned one of her students had Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) as her jaw clicks and dislocates when she sings on an AH sound. These symptoms could be due to TMJD as common symptoms are jaw joint clicking, pain, joint locking and/or limited movement of the joint. […]

Tips to deal with stage fright

6 strategies to overcome stage fright aka performance anxiety

Posted on Categories: Performance anxiety, Performance Skills, Performing Arts Medicine, Singing, Slider, Top Tips

Have you ever found yourself in front of an audience with your knees shaking and sweat trickling down your temple? Maybe you want to throw up, or suddenly there’s not enough air in the room. You may feel like your mouth is as dry as a sandy desert and your voice, normally controlled and strong […]

UCL MSc PAM

A masters in Performing Arts Medicine!

Posted on Categories: Education, Performing Arts Medicine

So guess what? I am back studying again, an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. I’m very excited about this course. I feel like it’s been created just for me!  Performing Arts Medicine is the equivalent of sports medicine for performing artists. As I am discovering this subject encompasses a very wide spectrum of Performing Arts, […]

John Mayer cancels tour

John Mayer cancels concerts due to granuloma on his vocal cords

Posted on Categories: Performing Arts Medicine, Singing, Vocal Health, Vocal medicine

John Mayer has just announced that he has to cancel his up and coming concerts due to vocal issues. He states he has “something next to my vocal cords called a granuloma.” Unfortunately, the condition is as bad as it sounds, especially to a singer or professional voice user. A granuloma is a growth resulting from […]