Episode 30: About reclaiming your voice, with Melanie Tapson

When Melanie Tapson started experiencing vocal challenges as a young performer, no doctor or specialist could explain to her what was going on. It took a decade before someone finally gave her the answer, and that was: it’s just tension. Now, as a speech-language pathologist specializing in voice care - and, lucky for me, as the resident speech pathologist in my Release Your Voice course! - Melanie helps her clients understand and move through their voice challenges. In this episode, you’ll hear Melanie’s astounding and heart wrenching story about how she’s grown throughout her journey, and I’m pretty sure you’ll understand why I LOVE collaborating and co-teaching with this glorious human.

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Plus, want to practice speaking your truth beyond listening to the podcast? Check out the Speak Your Truth Membership Community HERE!


Show Notes:   

To learn more about Melanie and to have her as a resource: www.melanietapson.com

To learn more and enroll in Release Your Voice class, the 20 week program to release muscle tension, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/releaseyourvoice. You can also attend the free masterclass, What To Do When You Feel Like You Don’t Have A Voice.

Here’s more my graduate program at The University of Alberta, where I got my MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy.

Melanie mentioned the Weill Cornell Voice Center and the workshop: "24 Hours to Curtain: Management of the Acutely Dysphonic Singer." 

Here are those images of joyful people using vibrators for health from yester-year:


For more info about the podcast and how to join the Speak Your Truth Membership Community, visit www.howtospeakyourtruth.com.

As a member of the Speak Your Truth Membership Community, you get:

  • Enrollment in the How To Speak Your Truth online course,
  • A monthly live online group coaching session with Elissa to practice using the “how to speak your truth” model,
  • A monthly interactive recording of the coming month’s solo podcast episode,
  • Weekday warm ups to practice embodiment and expression, 
  • Exclusive behind the scenes footage of the podcast each week,
  • Astrological insight on the new and full moons, 
  • And access to the membership forum where you can share your experiences and get feedback.

Learn more and sign up at www.howtospeakyourtruth.com.

You can find more info about Voice Body Connection and take the “What’s holding my voice back?” quiz at www.voicebodyconnection.com.

Production Credits:

Our Assistant Producer is Suzie Masser

Our Editor is Eilise Bonebright

Our Graphic Designer is Laura Sills

Our Photography is by Sophie Mathewson

Our Audio Consultant is Martin Carrillo of heardrum.org

And our theme song is “Waters of Body” by Strange Weather

Please note that Amazon links in the show notes are connected to the Voice Body Connection Associates account. All other partner links are acknowledged. Thank you for supporting the podcast! 



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