With the start of the new school year comes one issue that I hear many teachers complain about: losing their voice during the first two weeks of school. Why does this happen? I'm no doctor - but I am a vocal coach - and I take vocal health seriously. There is a reason I devote class time to this topic with all of my chorus classes. As musicians, we understand that we have to take care of our instruments. However, If a pianist damages their piano, they can buy a new one. When a vocalists damages their vocal cords, there is no voice store to purchase another. Regardless of what subject you teach, your voice is an 'instrument of mass instruction' and you need it to be healthy. So, let the voice coach in me offer a few quick pointers.
DO ALL OF THESE THINGS!
AVOID ALL THESE THINGS!
What do you do to preserve your 'teacher voice'? What are you NOW going to do to keep your voice in tip-top teaching shape? Drop a comment below!
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