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51 | Breathe, Sing, Move: Interview with Rachel Goldenberg and Jessica DeMars

September 13, 2018

Professional Singing Teacher, Rachel Goldenberg and Physiotherapist, Jessica DeMars are working together with a one of a kind program called Breathe, Sing, Move. This singing/physio program helps people with mild to moderate respiratory disease increase respiratory muscle strength, improve speech quality, reduce breathlessness and enhance quality of life. Just one of the many great benefits of learning to sing!



About the Breathe, Sing, Move Program
The Breathe, Sing, Move program is designed to incorporate elements of breathing patterns, breathing muscle strength and vocalization to improve lung health for those with respiratory disease. Patients with mild to moderate respiratory disease including asthma, COPD, CF and IPF are invited to register for the program that will begin September 25, 2018 in Calgary. No singing experience is necessary. With the support of the Lung Association: Albert and NWT, the cost to the participant is $75.

Interested participants are invited to contact [email protected].

About our Guests:

Rachel Goldenberg & Jessica demars

Rachel Goldenberg & Jessica demars

Rachel’s Website:

Dr. Rachel Goldenberg received her Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal pedagogy from Shenandoah University in 2012 where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award for “exceptional aptitude for research and scholarship.” She also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Goldenberg’s doctoral dissertation focused on the use of singing lessons as an adjunctive airway clearance technique for cystic fibrosis. She has presented her dissertation research and continuing research in the use of singing for respiratory ailments across the United States, Canada and Europe. Her article, “Singing for Respiratory Health: A Literature Review” was recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Voice. She is the co-founder of the groundbreaking program “Breathe, Sing, Move!” which combines group singing lessons with physiotherapy to promote better lung health. As an active and trained singing voice specialist, Dr. Goldenberg frequently assists injured singers, actors and other voice users referred to her from medical professionals and the voice community. Dr. Goldenberg currently serves as President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Calgary. She teaches voice and pedagogy at Ambrose University, maintains a private studio, and consults on vocal health issues at Breathe Well Physio in Calgary. 

Rachel’s dissertation:

Rachel’s article in the Journal of Voice

Jessica DeMars BSc.P.T

Jessica graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy (with distinction).  She continued her education with numerous post-graduate courses in manual therapy, myofacial release, and acupuncture.  In 2006, after attending a physiotherapy symposium, she discovered the missing element in her practice – breathing.  After attending her first course in breathing biofeedback, she began to integrate breathing retraining into her practice.  In 2010, she traveled to New Zealand to become certified  in the BradCliff Method® of breathing retraining.  In 2016 she completed a Master of Science in Applied Breathing Sciences from the Graduate School of Behavioural Health Sciences, which allows her to focus on the behavioural aspects of dysfunctional breathing.  In 2015 she was awarded a grant through the Clinical Research Innovation Fund and is investigating the link between dysfunctional breathing and asthma in children. 

Link to Jessica’s Blog

You can find them on Twitter Rachel  @healthyvoiceYYC and Jessica is @BreathewellPT