CARRIE GARRETT BA (Hons), PGCE, BSc (Hons), certMRCSLT, ASLTIP, HCPC
Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist
Specialisms in Clinical Voice Disorders & Singing Voice Rehabilitation
Carrie Garrett is a passionate and highly skilled practitioner working in the field of vocal health, vocal rehabilitation and singing. She has over two decades experience as a professional singer and singing teacher, adding to her skillset when she became a certified Speech & Language Therapist. She is now a Highly Specialist SLT (Voice) working for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, with skills in numerous diagnostic and therapeutic interventions related to her specialist field. This is with thanks to the expert supervision and mentoring of Consultant Voice SLT, Sue Jones (Wythenshawe Hospital, MFT NHS), and professional guidance and support provided by working alongside Declan Costello, Karen Haselden & Cathy Gass (Queen Elizabeth Hospital, UHB NHS).
She is a British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) registered Vocal Rehabilitation Coach and currently works once a month on behalf of BAPAM within Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust's Professional Voice User's clinic.
Nationally recognised 'Endoscopy Protocol for Singers'
Whilst in clinical practice Carrie contributed to the development of the 'Singer’s Endoscopy Protocol', a protocol for use with singers whilst in SLT-led functional endoscopy clinics. This protocol is the result of a culmination of work from Sue Jones, Carrie Garrett and Dane Chalfin and has been published through Compton Publishing (January 2016) in Sue Jones's excellent book 'Laryngeal Endoscopy and Voice Therapy: A Clinical Guide', in which Carrie co-authored 2 chapters relating to Singing Assessment and Rehabilitation. www.comptonpublishing.co.uk
Carrie is an advocate for sharing knowledge, skills and best practice between arts-based and science-based voice practitioners. She has worked for bodies such as Vocal Process, The British Voice Association, BIMM Birmingham, The Birmingham School of Acting, Association of British Choral Directors and the Association of Teachers of Singing, delivering workshops and lectures on topics such as 'My Singer has a Voice Problem', Vocal Health, Functional Endoscopy, Vocal Anatomy and Vocal Rehabilitation for Singers.
Originally an instrumentalist (Saxophones/ Flute/ Piano), Carrie was a music scholar, had 3x grade 8's (ABRSM) by the age of 15, was in the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra and was a student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Junior Conservatoire) for Singing and Flute age 15-18, where she undertook her Advanced Diploma in Performance (ARSM).
She studied towards her first degree Music/Popular Music Performance in Liverpool and subsequently worked as a live performer. She has recorded multiple tracks for Northstar Music Publishing (Universal, Sky, Discovery Channel, Tiger Beer, Avon and Mercedes) and been commissioned for work with producers such as Nashville based Derek Garten (credits with Taylor Swift) and UK based Tom Gittins (Monochrome Productions).
She ran a FE/HE music performance department for several years; examined for Rockschool Performance Arts Awards; moderated for Edexcel Music qualifications; taught singing at Access to Music, Birmingham and Stagecoach, Halesowen & Walsall; ran successful community choirs for a variety of ages and demographics; taught and ran workshops in schools; and guest lectured on Music Degree courses at BCU and Wolverhampton University while continuing to perform, record and teach singing privately.
Speech & Language Therapy History
Carrie studied BSc(Hons) Speech & Language Therapy at Birmingham City University, where she achieved a prestigious first class honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy. Following a few years of hard-work and perseverance working as an acute SLT, she landed her dream role as a Singing Voice Specialist within the NHS.
Carrie has worked as a Voice Specialist SLT at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham and at Wythenshawe Hospital, University Hospital South Manchester - now Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. She is now Voice Lead for Adult SLT Services at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.
She has wide ranging clinical experience, having worked with both a full time voice outpatients general caseload, within joint SLT/ENT voice clinics, and within SLT-led functional endoscopy Elite Voice User/ Professional Voice User/ Singer's Clinics, where she undertook her endoscopy competencies. Her current NHS role is a community based position where she works with individuals with a range of swallowing and communication disorders.
Looking to the future...
Having moved back to Worcestershire to set up in independent practice and work closer to home for the NHS, Carrie is now focused upon helping other professionals with an interest in her field to rehabilitate individuals with voice pathology diagnoses. Helping singers and other professional voice users take control of their own vocal destinies through understanding how to prevent voice problems - coaching them to reach their full vocal potential through healthy living and good vocal technique.
THE SINGER'S CLINIC was launched in February 2019 in Worcestershire, UK. Originally providing one-to-one therapy and vocal coaching for individuals, the practice is now based remotely and is focused upon providing support, advice and therapy to individuals experiencing voice problems and other voice practitioners seeking guidance on how to help their own students and clients.
Carrie remains committed to staying on top of current best practice through maintaining commitment to research and evidence-based methods of treatment as a member of RCSLT Voice CENs, the BVA, the BLA and through regular reading of research papers and journal articles.
Carrie is professionally registered with:
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (certMRCSLT: RC0030957),
The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC: SL30620)
The Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)
British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)