Working with a Senior with Parkinson’s disease, Harriet uses voice
drills, to reagin muscle strength for a stronger voice.
relaxed jaw when singing.
THE AGING SINGER
When a senior adult (50+) discovers their voice, there is a joy and excitement that turns singing into a fountain of youth. Many older students feel it is too late to improve their singing or speaking voice. But according to *Dr. Robert T. Sataloff this is not the case. Vol. 1 of Journal of Voice, 1987 is devoted to the “aging singer”. The research is proving that age has nothing to do with improving the voice. In fact men tend to sound better with age, as their larynx lowers.
SINGING for HEALTH
When a student has had medical limitations such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, (COPD), asthma, or even Parkinson’s, Harriet’s knowledge of human biology and the voice allows her to work with students with medical limitations … encouraging them to strive beyond what they think they can do.
*Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck
Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties, Drexel
University College of Medicine.