The Vocal Pitstop
Keeping Your Voice on Track
Adam D Rubin, MD
Contributing Author: Cristina Jackson-Menaldi, PhD.
Foreword by: Melissa Errico
Foreword by Ron Livingston
‘I wish I had read a book like this when I was starting out.…In the book you are about to read, you will read about the voice on a very practical level – how it works, how to protect it and how to approach a professional career. Especially for singers just starting out, I think this book is invaluable. For anyone who needs their voices strong and free, which really is everyone, there is something to learn here.…I know I'll keep a copy in my own dressing room.’ From the Foreword by Melissa Errico
'Wow! Adam Rubin has written the definitive owner's manual for the professional voice. With pictures....With Vocal Pitstop, Adam-- sorry, make that Dr. Adam D. Rubin, MD-- has now drawn upon his unique perspective as a actor, singer and leading laryngologist to create an indispensable guide for anyone who relies on their voice to make a living.' From the Foreword by Ron Livingston
Reviews: 'So simple but not simplistic…that's the essence of Adam Rubin's extremely informative and beautifully illustrated new book, "The Vocal Pitstop…Keeping your Voice on Track." Singers are constantly asking me to recommend books that will clarify and summarize what every singer ought to know. This is a book that should be on every singer's bookshelf. It's well written, informative and easy to digest. Dr.Rubin is an otolaryngologist who actually began his career as a singing actor. He is able to use his rare perspective as both a physician and a performer in this truly enjoyable book. Don't leave home without it!' - Joan Lader
'This is an excellent book. Mr. Rubin has put together a concise, easy-to-read owners manual for the voice. Relevant, authoritative, and often funny, Rubin's voice is one that professional singers need to hear--as do other professional vocal perfmers and enthusiastic amateurs who want to take the best care of what they have. I found his exercises helpful and loved his flow-charts that move seamlessly from problem to diagnosis to action steps. This is without question the best book of its kind.' - Peter E Marks
Whether you are singer, Broadway performer, school teacher, salesperson, or call center operator; whether your voice is your profession or your passion, this book will inform and provide you with the tools you need to protect, manage, and maybe even save your voice. Performer and laryngologist,
Adam D. Rubin, M.D. presents a light-hearted but not light-weight, a serious but not overly scientific guide to your voice. A vocal pitstop to provide what you need to keep your voice on the road and running smoothly!
Foreword by Melissa Errico
Foreword by Ron Livingston
Introduction: Why do I need this book?
1. How do I know if something is wrong with my voice?
2: What can go wrong?
3: Should I stop Working?
4: I can’t stop working, what should I do?!
5: Where do I find help?
6: Vocal Hygiene: Maintaining a Healthy Voice
7: Warming up, Cooling Down, and Everything In-between
Appendix I: A Bit of Anatomy
Appendix II: Twenty-five Tips for a Healthy Voice
Appendix III Your One Stop Vocal Health Roadmap.
About the Author
Adam D. Rubin, M.D. has had a life-long passion for the human voice. Before attending medical school, he was a professional actor and singer, performing in musicals and plays at off-Broadway and regional theaters, as well as in a national tour. He is also a violinist and has dabbled in song writing.
Currently a laryngologist and Director of the Lakeshore Professional, Voice Center in St. Clair Shores, MI, he graduated summa cum laude from Yale College with degrees in Theater Studies and Economics. He received his medical doctorate from Harvard Medical School. Following his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan, he completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice under the direction of Robert T. Sataloff, M.D., D.M.A., at the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research. In addition to his clinical and artistic expertise, Dr. Rubin is active in voice research. He has written many book chapters and numerous scientific articles published in major otolaryngology journals.
He is a frequent presenter at national and international meetings. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Laryngological Association, Triological Society, and the Michigan Otolaryngology Society. He has academic appointments at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
One of his biggest joys is hosting an annual World Voice Day concert every April, in which he and many of his patients sing and celebrate voice recovery. Most importantly, he is a loving husband and father of 2 wonderful children.