Joanna Cazden is a speech pathologist and holistic vocal wellness coach in Burbank CA, dedicated to crossover training and practice between vocal arts pedagogies and clinical voice rehabilitation. Clients include voice professionals in all genres from opera to VO animation, especially those recovering from, or at risk for, vocal damage. She became a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework since 2006 and is a regular guest teacher on anatomy/physiology and vocal health in the Fitzmaurice Certification program. Initially trained in classical music and theater, Joanna toured nationally as a singer/songwriter in the "Second Wave" feminist music movement of the 1970s-80s, released 6 solo albums, and in the same era she began teaching voice as well as studying meditation and alternative/somatic healing methods. She earned licensure in speech pathology in 1994, and in 2001 she joined the Outpatient Voice Services team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, where she remains senior clinician. Her book Everyday Voice Care: the Lifestyle Guide (Hal Leonard Publications, 2012) is used as a text at leading theater and music conservatories, and her 2017 article "Stalking the Calm Buzz: How the Polyvagal Theory Links Stage Presence, Mammal Evolution, and the Root of the Vocal Nerve," received the Voice and Speech Review's Dudley Knight Award for Best Vocal Scholarship. Joanna balances her life with music projects and with ongoing studies of yoga, cognitive science, and the healing arts.
BA, University of Washington; ; .
CCC-SLP, American Speech and Hearing Association; MS California State University, Northridge; MFA CalArts; BA University of Washington.
Languages: English Specializations: Clinician, Healing, Private Coaching, Singing
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