Voice problems and teaching…an occupational hazard?

When I run courses for teachers, I ask about their knowledge of voice care and their previous experiences of voice care training. Given the demands of being a professional voice user, I’m amazed at how the general feedback is that there is a lack of training in voice care or voice projection either at university or on the job. This is the case from primary through to secondary school. And yet, many teachers often report having experienced some sort of difficulty with their voice at some point in their career, and for some, hoarseness seems to be an occupational hazard.

Below are some interesting articles on the subject:

Occupational voice loss

Saving the most valuable teaching tool…teachers’ voices

Why teachers lose their voice in the fall and what they can do about it

Why classroom amplification systems help teachers teach and students learn

Have you tried a voice amplification system? Let me know, as I’m interested to hear what systems teachers are using and how effective they are on a day to day basis.

Also, if you’re looking for some help with your voice, then contact me. I run workshops in different locations, subject to demand. Places are still available for my Voice Care and Voice Projection workshops in Cork on Saturday 24th January and Clonakilty on 26th January. Click here to find out more.

Voice care tips for teachers, singers and other professional voice users


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