Dr Rachel B. Goldenberg is a leading authority on singing and lung disease. Dr Goldenberg’s doctoral dissertation focused on the use of singing lessons as an adjunctive airway clearance technique for cystic fibrosis, and her article 'Singing for Respiratory Health: A Literature Review' was published in 2018 in the peer-reviewed Journal of Voice. She has presented her dissertation research and continuing research on the use of singing for respiratory ailments across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Recently, she has focused her work on helping people with lung disease to better coordinate their breath with the voice through individual lessons and the 'Breathe, Sing, Move!' programme created at Breathe Well Physio in Calgary. The 'Breathe, Speak, Pace' voice skills programme for people experiencing long-COVID was launched in March 2021.
Dr Goldenberg has been in demand as a guest lecturer on breathing and singing physiology at universities and programmes across North America. As an active and trained singing voice specialist and speech-language pathologist, she frequently assists injured singers, actors and other voice users referred to her from medical professionals and the voice community.
Dr 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 received her Master of Clinical Sciences degree in speech-language pathology from Western University in London, Ontario. She also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
She previously taught voice, speech and pedagogy at Ambrose University and maintained a private voice studio in her native Calgary, Canada. Dr Goldenberg currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey.
Upcoming Short Courses
Tuesday 2nd April 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Singing for Lung Health: The Basics
Dr Rachel B. Goldenberg
According to a 2016 study, nearly 1 in 5 people living in the UK have received a diagnosis of lung disease, making it highly likely that clinicians and voice teachers will encounter a singer living with a lung disease. In this presentation, we will explore the current available research and theories about why singing is beneficial to people living with impairments in the respiratory system.