Speaking Like a Singer (or TEACHER!)

Speaking Like a Singer (or TEACHER!)

Do you have to speak a lot in your job? (Maybe you just like to gab!) Have you ever found yourself vocally exhausted at the end of a busy day? Do you have to clear your throat all the time? Is your throat sore? Voice gravely?  Do you have recurrent hoarseness or laryngitis?

WARNING: You might be using an unhealthy speaking voice.

This resources was created as part of a project for a Vocal Pedagogy course that I took in graduate school from the talented Jennifer Jones Mosher at the YSU Dana School of Music. Even though it is directed towards vocalists and voice teachers, I think it is equally important for all music teachers to be aware of the dangers of a misused speaking voice.

You don’t have to be vocally exhausted at the end of the day.

To download the FREE full two-page PDF version, follow the link: Speaking Like a Singer, by Sara’s Music Studio. The second page includes a short list of vocal warm-ups, specific activities that you should avoid, and a list of helpful music journal articles. Please feel free to share this resource with your students, fellow teachers, and friends — just use the SHARE links below. 

Remember: This should not be used as a replacement for a professional opinion. Someone experiencing constant vocal fatigue should get checked out by a specialist! You only get one voice – treat it well!

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  • by Bridey @ Pianosaurus Rex Posted January 24, 2014 12:00 am

    That’s really interesting! I’d never considered that a speaking voice could be unhealthy, but it makes sense.

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted January 24, 2014 12:13 am

      If a speaking voice has chronic problems, such as soreness, hoarseness, laryngitis, or otherwise, then it can be a sign of problems. My mother-in-law was a third grade teacher for years, and developed a serious issue with her speaking voice because of improper use. Thankfully she was able to find a good therapist to help her through it!

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