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In Honor of My Dogs and Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day®

When we think about voice care, we focus so much on hydration, correct tone production, breath control, and avoiding vocal abuse, that sometimes we forget about a factor that contributes to voice problems in a HUGE way:  STRESS!  Stress can constrict your vocal muscles, restrict your breathing, deprive you of sleep, even hunch and tighten […]

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A Very Special Day!

April 16, 2017 is World Voice Day. But it’s also another very special day to me: my parents’ 67th wedding anniversary! My parents, Abby and Stan Sussman, each turning 87 this summer, met at the age of 17, and married at 19. They have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and their first great-grandchild on the way. […]

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

Did you know… April 11th is World Parkinson’s Day. This date is chosen because it is the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson. Parkinson was an English physician who first documented symptoms of the neurological condition that we now call Parkinson Disease. His report called “An Essay on Shaky Palsy” was published in 1817. This work […]

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Voice Therapy Techniques for Speaking and Singing

Our singing student April Lindevald, a classically-trained mezzo-soprano, has been a professional singer for 35 years, and has always had a strong healthy reliable voice with excellent vocal stamina. April has a very successful career that has included appearances with the New York City Opera, the Gregg Smith Singers, and many other musical institutions, as […]

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From Creative Kid to Playwright/Performer

Every singing teacher wishes the best for his/her students… we hope they get the chorus solo, the lead in the school musical, the top score in their NYSSMA competition, and maybe even… a role on Broadway. Of course, we are happy for even the small accomplishments, because they mean so much. Our students learn, grow, […]

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Got Stress?

Reduce the Effects of Stress on Your Voice Who, in this day and age, does not experience some form of stress? Pressures at work, financial woes, raising children or caring for elderly parents, even the upkeep of your house… all of these issues contribute to what seems like non-stop stress. Many of us turn to […]

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“Get the Buzz” – A Great Way to Have a “Choice Voice”

This spring, Karen Sussman, M.A., CCC, voice therapist and singing instructor, had the pleasure of presenting at Winthrop Hospital Otolaryngology Grand Rounds with laryngologist Tova Fischer Isseroff, M.D.  Ms. Sussman’s presentation was entitled Developing a “Choice Voice”: How Voice Therapy Helps Your Patients.  In our blog, we’ll be presenting video segments from this informative presentation. […]

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Is Your Voice Letting You Down?

In this fast-paced, I-need-it-yesterday world, we have all come to depend on certain people and things to always be there for us, to always work. Our family, friends, our computers and smart phones, the car, a good credit rating, our jobs… they’d better not vanish! Yet there is one thing we take pretty much for […]

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A Winning Combination for Voice Therapy

Vocal Cord Surgery Plus Vocal Rehabilitation Therapy: A Winning Combination In my 35 years in practice as a voice therapist, I have seen amazing results using voice therapy to help my patients. I’ve been fortunate to achieve resolution of hundreds of cases of vocal cord nodules, muscle tension dysphonia, vocal strain, and chronic laryngitis. People […]

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Music Vs Bullying

Our Talented Young Student is Trying to Make a Difference in the World…She’s taking on bullying! Our singing student, 11-year-old Alexa Valentino, is trying to make a difference in the world, by taking up the cause against bullying. This has become a big issue in our schools and communities. Sadly, some stories of bullying have […]

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