Talking of Singing - Joanna Cazden, 18th October The Vocalist's Grand Bargain

The vocal health ‘Grand Bargain’ refers to artists’ willingness to attend to all aspects of wellness—physical, emotional, and spiritual—because the voice as an instrument connects to, and sings from, all of these levels of being. The comparable challenges for voice teachers are to identify the aspect of wellness in which someone needs help; to know our own strengths and weaknesses; and ideally to build a network of referrals for those situations when a student’s needs lie outside of our scope or comfort-zone. Joanna’s comments on the multiple dimensions of vocal health; on professional humility; and on collaboration among voice specialists, will draw on her experiences as a medical voice therapist, singing teacher, performer, and educator. 


Joanna Cazden, MFA, MS-CCC is a licensed speech pathologist, singer-songwriter, and educator in Los Angeles, CA (USA), known as an advocate for preventive wellness and for improved understanding among the vocal arts and sciences. She authored one of the first websites to emphasize preventive vocal health information (2002), and her book Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers (2012) is widely used in university vocal performance and pedagogy programs. She has also written for the Journal of Voice, Voice and Speech Review, Onstage, FolkWorks, and Whole Life Times. A lifelong musician, Joanna earned an MFA in theatre and she holds certifications in Performing Arts Medicine, Fitzmaurice Voicework, and Advanced ThetaHealing. She recently retired from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s outpatient services after 18 years as senior voice clinician, but continues a private practice as well as ongoing music, writing, and consulting projects. Her Youtube channel contains lectures and music clips, including her recent song “COVID-19 Hard Times Come Again No More.”


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£20 for each conversation booked individually, 10% discount for two, 15% for four and 20% for six in one basket