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A NEW YEAR ~ A NEW HABIT – Avoiding Vocal Fatigue in the Classroom

Educators can be at unusual risk for developing vocal fatigue and hoarseness. Demands of heavy voice use throughout the week is tremendous with little time for the voice to rest and recover.                               

WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT? 

please refer to References at the end of this article for a more exhaustive list of aids for music teachers.

MUST I ALWAYS WARM UP MY VOICE?

YES! Warming up the voice is not just for singing anymore. You should begin with gentle phonation at the start of your day to reinforce healthy habits.

TEACHER WARM UP

CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR FREE OF VOCAL FATIGUE!

References:

Duke Voice Care Center.  Vocal health information. Retrieved from http://dukevoicecare.org

Daugherty, J. (2012). Vocal health handout. University of Kansas.  Lawrence, KS.

Daugherty, J. (2015). Graduate vocal pedagogy.  Retrieved from http://cmed.faculty.ku.edu

Erickson-Levendoski, E., Sivasankar, M. (2011). Investigating the effects of caffeine on  phonation.  Journal of Voice. 25. (5). E215-E219. Feldenkrais, M. (1949). Body and mature behavior. New York: International Universities Press.

Acoustical Society of America’s Classroom Acoustics booklet. https://acousticalsociety.org/

Feldenkrais, M. (2015) http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00467/Feldenkrais-Method.html

Killer, S.C., Blannin, A. K., Jeukendrup, A. E. (2014). No evidence of dehydration with moderate coffee intake: a counterbalanced cross-over study in a free-living population. PLoS One. 9 (1). e84154. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084154

Mathis, B.  Exercises for Voice . Retrieved from : http://www.voiceteacher.com/mathis2.html

Opera Pulse.com http://www.operapulse.com/refine-your-craft/guide-to-opera-training/the-rules-of-singing-mythbustersedition/#sthash.ExglJDbE.dpuf

Parillas, D. (n.d.). Vocal hygiene -part 2: hydrate! hydrate! hydrate! why vocal hydration is important to singing. Vocal Brilliance. Retrieved from: http://vocalbrilliance.com/blog/vocal-hygiene-part-2-hydrate-hydrate-hydrate-why-hydration-is-important-to-singing

Thurman, L. & Welch, G. (eds.). (2000). bodymind & voice. foundation of voice education. (Revised ed.). (Vols. 1-3).The VoiceCareNetwork.

Servilha, E. A. M.;  da Costa, A. T. F. (2015) Knowledge about voice and the importance of voice as an educational resource in the perspective of university professors: http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S1516-18462015000100013&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en

https://acousticalsociety.org/ for the Acoustical Society of America’s Classroom Acoustics booklet.

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