BFA BEd MSc SLP (C) CCC-SLP Reg CASLPO
Singer, Singing Voice Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist (Voice Therapist)
Melanie is a professional singer, a CASLPO-registered, SAC-certified, ASHA-certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who provides voice therapy to professional voice users, and a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS - a designation for a singing teacher who has special training equipping them to work in a medical environment with singers who need rehabilitation).
Melanie has spent her entire life playing with, learning about, and loving the human voice! She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal jazz performance at Concordia University in Montreal and a Bachelor of Education in senior level music and drama at OISE/University of Toronto before completing her Master of Science degree in speech language pathology at Dalhousie University in Halifax (with a lot of performing and practising in between!)
Melanie is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the co-chair of the Toronto 2017 meeting; a member of the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA) and on the planning committee for the annual symposium in Toronto 2017, and chairs the Voice Interest Group for her provincial speech pathology association, among other voice-related memberships and interests. As well, she regularly gives workshops, lectures at the university in the speech pathology program, and provides mentorship year-round to people interested in the care of the singing voice.
Melanie’s extensive experience as a professional performer combined with her training as a teacher and speech-language pathologist provides her with a unique perspective on voice care. She believes that treating the voice requires treating the whole person, and she is a fierce advocate for prehabilitation, or preventative voice care, to keep artists and voice users in top form.