An Interview with SLP Leanne Goldberg MS, CCC-SLP
By Brenda Earle Stokes, BFA, M.Mus.
Leanne Goldberg is a Speech and Language Pathologist at the Grabscheid Voice and Swallowing Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Back in 2016, I was diagnosed as having vocal fold nodules. My laryngologist recommended speech therapy, but at the time his SLP on staff was on maternity leave. When I asked around, Leanne Goldberg’s name came up, and it turns out I already knew her socially. She provided me with excellent care, provided me with six weeks of highly effective treatment and helped me to recover and improve my speech habits. She was so caring towards me during this highly upsetting time in my career and was quick to answer me when I reached out for additional support. Continue reading
Allergies be gone! An Interview with my allergist Dr. Michael Lewin
Required listening…Allergies by Barenaked Ladies
It’s that time of year again!
It’s April in NYC and just we’re getting excited to finally put away our heavy coats and observe the buds on the trees and the blooming of flowers, a great many of us allergy sufferers knows what this means. It’s time for the sniffling, sneezing, watery eyes nightmare that is spring. And if you’re a singer, this may be a worse time of year for you than even cold and flu season. Continue reading
Allergies are rampant these days, and can be especially debilitating for singers. Allergies can cause stuffed nose, mucus in the throat, coughing, sneezing and even wheezing. Left untreated, laryngitis and other vocal issues can rear their ugly heads. I was one of these poor people. I struggled with terrible allergies, which would often hinder my vocal performances. Over the counter medications like antihistamines would help with the allergies but would dry me out and cause even more laryngitis. Replacing my laryngitis with more laryngitis was not a happy solution. Continue reading
My first instrument is piano. Lessons starting at age 4, Royal Conservatory training until grade 9, when I quit to take up jazz piano full time. I spent the entire four years of university transcribing Bud Powell solos and practicing in the “woodshed” for 8 hours a day. Besides a little singing in the church choir when I was a kid, I didn’t really start singing seriously until I was in my early 20s. Continue reading
I get asked this question all the time!! “How do I get my kids to practice???” Here are a few suggestions coming from a professional piano/voice teacher and piano mom (my son is now in lessons!) Continue reading