Breakout Session - Releasing the Kraken: Myofunctional Approaches and Manual Techniques for Vocal Tension

Singing is hard. What do hard things require? Effort. Sometimes, too much effort.

Aberrant muscle recruitment may develop due to a multitude of reasons and can lead to reduced function and pain. Evidence for these claims are pervasive in limb literature in regards to motoric tasks; however, as we see correlates in vocal tasks, we have developed similar approaches in targeting extralaryngeal muscle tension. In this session, the speaker will aim to identify common muscle recruitment patterns seen in vocal performers and introduce manual (hands-on) techniques that can facilitate optimal phonatory efficiency.

C. ANDREW LEE, MS, CCC-SLP


(Changseop) Andrew Lee is a speech pathologist and accomplished vocalist who integrates his musical upbringing into his clinical practice to provide comprehensive care for performers during functional voice rehabilitation. In addition to performing himself, he has complemented his Master of Science degree in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington by directing multiple award-winning competitive singing ensembles. Andrew further diversified his clinical skillset during his fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center to include alaryngeal voice restoration and swallowing rehabilitation. He is currently the speech pathology program coordinator for head and neck cancer, as well as a specialized provider in the performing voice clinic at the University of Washington Medical Center. Andrew is an active program committee member for the Northwest Voice Conference in Seattle, WA and has a particular professional interest in the biomechanics of the voice and the intersections between the art and science of the singing voice.

Financial Disclosure: Mr. Lee has no financial relationships to disclose. 


Non-Financial Disclosure: ​Mr. Lee has no non-financial relationships to disclose.