Friday, May 17 • 11:00am - 11:15am
Considerations for Performers with Lung Disease

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According to data from the Center for Disease Control, more than 30 million Americans live with either asthma or COPD, although this number may be higher due to undiagnosed cases. Other conditions that can compromise the respiratory tract include cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, bacterial lung infections, flu, and anxiety. The act of singing itself may be of benefit to people living with lung disease. Singers learn to control their breath both on inhalation and exhalation as they meet the demands of the music. Furthermore, singers learn about alignment and movement, becoming aware of their bodies. In respiratory physiotherapy, patients are taught to breathe deeply and control their exhalation. This is the case in physiotherapy techniques such as active cycle breathing and autogenic drainage where patients are taught to breathe to differing lung volumes in the effort to effectively remove excess mucus from the respiratory tract. Pursed lip and diaphragmatic breathing has been demonstrated to inhibit the collapse of airways, preventing air trapping and hyperventilation. Mucus itself may be susceptible to changes brought on by the pressure oscillations created during vocalization. As the likelihood that a singing teacher will encounter a student with a respiratory condition is high, it is important to consider the pedagogical needs of this special population. In this presentation, we will examine the basic tenets of common lung diseases, typical pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, and how singing can benefit people living with lung disease.

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Rachel Goldenberg

Sessional Instructor, Ambrose University
Rachel Goldenberg received her Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal pedagogy from Shenandoah University where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award for “exceptional aptitude for research and scholarship.” She also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am
Alder Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Disclaimer This session was submitted by a third party and is included solely as a courtesy to attendees. Its inclusion in this schedule should not be considered an endorsement of the third parties or a recommendation to attend this session.

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