My 13 year-old daughter has been singing since she was 9. Earlier this year she was working on the song Fly Fly Away and she began belting part of the song. After 2 months of practice, she told me she could only sing the song once and then her throat hurt. I had her quit singing it and she rested her voice for several weeks. Her vocal coach was made aware of this. Now she can only sing a little while and then her throat hurts by her larynx. But she is not horse. She was scoped by and ENT and he said everything looked normal. He suggested we see a vocal coach to see what she is doing wrong but she has had the same vocal coach for the last 4 years. She was just singing for fun with her friend and after 19 minutes, her throat started hurting. Any ideas?
Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
If her larynx was normal on examination, it certainly is possible that your daughter has developed some maladaptive functional vocal behaviors when singing that are contributing to her discomfort. While instruction with a singing teacher may be helpful in terms of technique, rehabilitation of the voice is best addressed by a speech pathologist who specializes in the treatment of singing voice disorders.
Thank you for your question!