1. Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology with Dr. Wendy LeBorgne


Bio: Dr. Wendy LeBorgne is a sought-after voice pathologist, speaker, author, and master-class clinician regarding vocal wellness and vocal athletes from all vocal genres.  Original peer-reviewed research has been published in multiple international journals and numerous voice textbooks. She presents nationally and internationally on the elite professional voice and is co-author of the best-selling book, The Vocal Athlete.  In an effort to best meet the needs of her patients and clients, after a 24-year career serving as a voice pathologist and clinical director, she recently founded her own private practice voice center (ProVoice Consultants, LLC) where she evaluates, treats, and maximizes vocal athletes with high-impact voice and communication demands.  Her patients and private clients currently can be seen and heard on television, podcasts, film, cruise ships, Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, commercial music tours, and opera stages around the world.

Course Description: This course will cover basic foundational principles of vocal  anatomy & physiology of the normal and disordered singing voice. Application of these  principles as they apply to singing voice during voice instruction (pedagogy) and performance  will provide participants with relevant knowledge to maximize future teaching and performing  endeavors. Understanding of anatomical terminology, neural pathways, anatomy and physiology  of the subsystems of voice production, active listening/observation, and incorporation of anatomical and physiological principles into voice teaching will comprise this 10 hour  asynchronous course. 

Learning Objective: Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:  

  • Describe basic anatomical terminology
  • Identify and describe the neural pathways for normal voice production
  • Describe general anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism as it is functionally relevant to classical and non-classical singing (respiration, phonation, articulation/resonance)
  • Create a basic voice building techniques/exercises to maximize singing based in  anatomical and physiological principles

About the Courses:

The courses are asynchronous, and you can start them at any time. Once you begin the course, you will have 3 months to complete all of the modules and assignments. You will not be able to extend the duration of a course once you begin. 

Each course is about 10 hours of content, with a quiz after each module, and 3 assignments that are due at various points in the course. 

In order to receive the Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate (DVP), you will need to pass all of the courses with a B- (80) or higher. 

You are encouraged to take the courses in the order they are listed, as they each build in content. However, it is not required.

Each course is $300 for NYSTA members and $350 for non-members. You must be signed in as a member in order to purchase the course at the member rate. 

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