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Professional Voice Care Center Blog

Our Student of the Month: Linda Sussman Releases Her CD

No Relation, but with Her Talent, I Wish We Were Related! Linda Sussman is a Huntington-based folk singer/songwriter who had hung up her guitar and stopped singing for about 10 years while back-to-back care-taking of four parents and dealing with her own health issues. A couple of years ago, she was reunited with her music and […]

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Voice Care with a Latin Flair – Karen Sussman’s Workshop for “Tu Experiencia Broadway” in New York City

International Singers & Actors Meet Long Island Voice Therapist in New York City They Make Beautiful Music Together! On Saturday, January 27, 2018, I had a unique opportunity to meet some international talent up close and personal – in a workshop I conducted in New York City, entitled The Singing Voice – Factoids, Myths, and […]

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Why You Never Ignore A Serious Symptom

An Inspiring Story About a Fellow Speech Pathologist Who Lost Her Voice I wanted to share a fascinating story of a fellow speech pathologist, Erie Louison, MA, CCC-SLP, which originally appeared in the ASHA Leader in October 2017. It touched me because her story involved a voice disorder. Not only that, this story highlighted how […]

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Voice Therapist Helps World’s Largest Animal Rescue Organization

Walk & Wag Event Raises $1000s to Help Homeless Animals This past Sunday, October 1, I had a unique experience. For the first time ever, I participated in a fundraising walk for animals, namely, the North Shore Animal League America’s Walk & Wag event in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. The walk, held in beautiful […]

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Straw Phonation and the Vocal Straw Exercise

We’d like to share this great article with everyone. Straw phonation is used to improve the efficiency of the vocal mechanism, balance the alignment of the vocal folds, and reduce vocal fatigue while improving the quality of the voice. http://www.voicescienceworks.org/straw-phonation.html Here are some additional videos on the subject we think you’ll find helpful. 1. Instructional […]

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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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