Voice Therapy in Chicago and Beyond
HEAL YOUR VOICE.
Voice therapy and rehabilitation can have benefits that go beyond improving the voice, such as reduced stress, increased relaxation, and enhanced freedom in communication and expression.
While individuals vary, therapy usually takes place once a week for about eight weeks (in person or online). Outside practice is essential; progress is based on your participation. You learn how to create voice with what’s called the “optimal laryngeal configuration,” which means you retrain the muscles associated with voice production so you can use them in such a way that you get the most vocal power for the least wear and tear on the vocal cords (the greatest acoustic output for the least vocal fold impact force). With regular voice therapy, you discover the voice you were built to have, full and free and comfortable. That’s the path to vocal health.
The goal is not to simply make your voice “not hoarse” any more, but to teach you how to maintain vocal health and power for the rest of your life. It is not hard; it simply requires attention. Once you go through the voice therapy process, you will know how to:
- Recognize potentially damaging vocal behaviors
- Avoid vocal injury
- Use your voice healthily in any situation, including yelling
- Heal minor vocal injuries
Total Voice can provide proven vocal training to anyone, anywhere in the world via Skype.
Kate DeVore, founder of Total Voice, has worked at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School), The Voice Center at The University of Illinois Chicago Hospital, Roosevelt University, Wellesley College, Brandeis University, Emerson College, and many other theatre companies and training programs in Boston and Chicago. She also served on the board of directors of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), and is a founding member and inaugural board member of the PAVA (Pan-American Vocology Association).
To learn more, contact Kate DeVore.
“The greatest musical instrument given to a human being is the voice.”