How To Protect Your Voice – Following Simple Vocal Techniques

How To Protect Your Voice

If you’ll like to protect your voice or help teach others how to protect theirs the following guide will assist. Follow the guide carefully to see special questions and their peculiar answers.

LITTLE PRECISE QUESTIONS OF VOCAL TECHNIQUE

1) In class, which breathing mode to use?: Costo-diaphragmatic breathing (low and lateral). However, the breath must remain natural. The breath must adapt to the content of your message and not the other way around.

3) You want your voice to carry, you think:

– Avoid wanting to “make sound” – Your involvement in the content of your message – To the auditor – To breathing – Verticality (provision of the body)

4) Your voice is monotonous and without intonations. You would like to modulate it. You achieve this by:

– Staying connected to the content of your message and the psychic springs of your motivation – Starting with non-verbal communication: alone at home, first try to get your message across without words and work on body support: looks, gestures, mimics. Be careful, silence often gives rise to the quality of the speech! – Seeking flexibility and comfort in your attitude (verticality, position of head on body) – If possible, taking some singing lessons to develop your perception different heights (work on the body diagram).

5) In class when your voice starts to tire, you:

– Breathe – Slow down the flow – Decrease the intensity – You position yourself comfortably – Soften the joint and let the lower jaw relax – Increase the participation of children in order to reduce your word – Invite the children to do some of your vocal exercises with you preferred previously tested with your speech-language pathologist or teacher song. The little ones love it. – As soon as you have the chance, you stretch out and perform

6) In case of aphonia, it is better:
– Without “pushing” the sounds, express yourself slowly in the medium or even the bass of the voice with medium intensity. Avoid whispering or trying to force the intensity, this would only trigger compensatory movements harmful to the voice – make a good toddy (boiling water, honey, lemon and rum) before going to bed. – Take some homeopathic remedies such as: Aconitum Napellus 7CH, Arnica 7CH, Rhus Tox 7CH, Spongia Tosta 5 CH and Sambucus Nigra 5CH, one granulate each every quarter of an hour, to be space as soon as improvement. – thyme infusions are also recommended. – last resort: eat several raw garlic cloves!


– Without “pushing” the sounds, express yourself slowly in the medium or even the bass of the voice with medium intensity. Avoid whispering or trying to force the intensity, this would only trigger compensatory movements harmful to the voice – make a good toddy (boiling water, honey, lemon and rum) before going to bed. – Take some homeopathic remedies such as: Aconitum Napellus 7CH, Arnica 7CH, Rhus Tox 7CH, Spongia Tosta 5 CH and Sambucus Nigra 5CH, one granulate each every quarter of an hour, to be space as soon as improvement. – thyme infusions are also recommended. – last resort: eat several raw garlic cloves!

7) I cannot sing with the children. How to do ?:

Paradoxically, this problem arises more for women whose voice is close to the usual fundamental of children (height most frequently used by a given subject). – For men: have a musical instrument of which you have a good command of practice and play the tunes you teach your students. – For women: Use your head voice. This mode of functioning of the vocal cords allows you to achieve higher-pitched sounds and to adapt as well as possible to the voice of the children. Most of the time, the head voice is obtained by imagining that one is calling someone in the distance saying “hou-hou! “. – Make it easier for them by positioning the desks and yourself at eye level.

8) When faced with a child with a deep and broken voice (vocal hoarseness), what attitude to adopt?:

– Check whether or not the disorder causes moral discomfort in the child – If so, talk to the parents and invite them to engage the child in a speech therapy – If not, with the child, focus on working on listening and his representation of different acoustic parameters (pitch, intensity, timbre). A work on the body diagram often gives good results. – For adolescents or older children with a very hoarse voice worsened often revealing nodules and going hand in hand with the speaking “cited”, regularly invite them to reformulate their sentences in other words and with a few well-adapted polite expressions… Immediately, the voice changes…

9) I cannot sing with the children. How to do ?:
Paradoxically, this problem arises more for women whose voice is close to the usual fundamental of children (height most frequently used by a given subject). – For men: have a musical instrument of which you have a good command of practice and play the tunes you teach your students. – For women: Use your head voice. This mode of functioning of the vocal cords allows you to achieve higher-pitched sounds and to adapt as well as possible to the voice of the children.
Most of the time, the head voice is obtained by imagining that one is calling someone in the distance saying “hou-hou! “. – Make it easier for them by positioning the desks and yourself at eye level.


Paradoxically, this problem arises more for women whose voice is close to the usual fundamental of children (height most frequently used by a given subject). – For men: have a musical instrument of which you have a good command of practice and play the tunes you teach your students. – For women: Use your head voice. This mode of functioning of the vocal cords allows you to achieve higher-pitched sounds and to adapt as well as possible to the voice of the children.
Most of the time, the head voice is obtained by imagining that one is calling someone in the distance saying “hou-hou! “. – Make it easier for them by positioning the desks and yourself at eye level.

10) When faced with a child with a deep and broken voice (vocal hoarseness), what attitude to adopt?:

– Check whether or not the disorder causes moral discomfort in the child – If so, talk to the parents and invite them to engage the child in a speech therapy – If not, with the child, focus on working on listening and his representation of different acoustic parameters (pitch, intensity, timbre). A work on the body diagram often gives good results. – For adolescents or older children with a very hoarse voice worsened often revealing nodules and going hand in hand with the speaking “cited”, regularly invite them to reformulate their sentences in other words and with a few well-adapted polite expressions… Immediately, the voice changes…

10) Your voice tends to let go during class and / or you have often sore throat. With which professional to make an appointment?:
The general practitioner then, preferably, the phoniatrist or ENT specialist if there is no phoniatrist near you


The general practitioner then, preferably, the phoniatrist or ENT specialist if there is no phoniatrist near you
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9) In front of a very agitated class, how not to brutalize your voice? – Determine the causes of the heckling (caused by the system, occasional etc …) – Lower the intensity even if it means whispering: despite what one might think, this commands attention. – Slow down the flow – Talk less – To breathe.

11) When I shout, I am criticized for my shrill voice. How to avoid this defect that tires me and annoys the children?:

– Do not think about “sending sound” outside yourself. – Loosen the vocal emission by acquiring a fluid articulation (movement of the “chewing”) – Let the low resonances of the voice emerge, without forcing them. – seek harmonious verticality: work on postural balance at level of the feet in particular is of great importance. Body weight should rest on the entire arch of the foot so that the skeleton can stack up harmoniously. The natural curvatures of the body must be respected. (see postural work methods; good addresses on page 6). The head must stay in the extension of the body as well as the chin. Chin protrusion, hyperextension of the head and thoracic sagging of the body downward moment of speech pise are synonymous with vocal coercion.

12) Young lady, you have always been complimented for your soft, fine and childish. But, you don’t know how to use it in class because the students cannot hear you:

You undoubtedly present a distorted moult of the young girl. At puberty, just like boys, women shed but this phenomenon often goes unnoticed because the timbre of the voice changes little. Some people (male or female) retain the vocal behavior of their childhood and are expressed exclusively in the head voice. Reinforced by the fashion of tangy and puffy childish female voices, this vocal behavior is often found in student teachers with a certain image of their femininity that does not fit well with authority and power that in reality they covet but with guilt and without wanting take the risks that this entails – With the listening and support of a speech therapist, you will need to learn to agree to take the place that is yours (that of an adult and not of a little girl) and change your voice gesture using your chest voice.

12) My voice is loud and effective in the bass but I can’t at all “Go” in the treble. What is going on?:

A healthy voice is elastic and can modulate without difficulty. If this is no longer the case, your voice is probably tired and / or has a dysfunction (oval glottis) or a pathology (polyp, nodules) which weighs down the vocal mechanics and slows down the vibration frequency of the vibrator, which has the effect of worsening the fundamental of the voice.

13) I often count hard to lead students into physical exercise. Usually I have a sore throat afterwards. Why and how to avoid this?:

You certainly block the air to emit the vowels, and prime your sounds in “glottis” which inflicts microphones on your vocal cords repeated trauma. Do not block the air when attacking the sound. If you can’t do it, do a light “H” drawn in front of each vowel. You will delete it gradually so as to achieve the simultaneous initiation of the breath and vibration. As a general rule, do not speak during exercise. does it with “closed glottis”, that is to say by blocking the air at the time effort. Inhale, then breathe out during exertion in the following situations: rope climbers, shot put, porters (dance), jumps. Ditto in situations cited in the question. As a general rule, never block the air while speaking or performing a effort.

15) How to manage a class in the open air, at the swimming pool or in a gymnasium with strong acoustic reverberation without straining my voice?

– By saving it, that is to say by speaking as little as possible. Favor all possible acoustic supports (whistles, tambourines, triangle etc.) in order to to spare your voice in assembly situations. – Develop non-verbal communication and sufficient body language ample and appropriate. – Bring the problematic students to you (and not the other way around) and do not speak only when they are close to you: as a general rule, try not to never scream from a distance. – Only give intensity episodically and briefly, never with a jet keep on going. It’s a voiceless ineffective.
– Take care of the instructions in precision, conciseness and clarity so as to avoid you unnecessary redundancies. – Do not hesitate to go down sometimes with them in the pool to talk to their height by placing them around you. – Avoid talking at the edge of the pool while bending down.

16) You usually consume honey mixed with lemon juice when you have a sore throat:

What to think of it? Honey is an excellent healing agent and lemon juice full of vitamin C is anti-viral. But honey, a sweet substance, can also promote acidity gastric and make the voice heavier.

17) You always wear something warm around your neck when it is is very cold. Is this a useless habit from childhood?:

No. The heat relaxes the muscles. By warming your throat, you relax the cervical, laryngeal and perilaryngeal muscles. 18) You consume a lot of menthol lozenges because it is good for the throat. No, in some people the cooling factor of menthol “freezes” the skin. vocal cords by l

19) I always push the heating up in winter because I am sure that I will not not catch a cold:

The vocal cords like moisture. An overheated atmosphere can be theirs harmful.

20) Your attending physician refuses you any consultation with the phoniatrist, how to convince him?:

– You are a voice professional and your voice is your main tool for job – Care for vocal pathologies is frequent, long and expensive for Social Security

21) The different treatments offered for vocal cord nodules are :

– Voice moderation – Speech therapy – When the two previous solutions did not cause any improvement, it will be offered surgery. This is followed by a month’s work stoppage, 8 days of total silence and a speech therapy pre and postoperative

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