I just finished teaching a full day of students. Today I had a few Group Sing classes which are composed of a lot of young little singers full of energy and very important things to say (so cute). The classes are in the late afternoons and sometimes after I teach them, my voice hurts.
Yes, me the voice teacher, creator of Voice Lessons To Go, can strain her voice from time to time too .
On the other hand, my voice does not hurt when I properly warm-up before the teaching begins, even if I sing hours before.
I can’t tell you the difference it makes between warming-up my own voice before I teach the class and teaching the class on a cold voice. When I warm my voice up in the morning, it is set up to speak correctly for the whole day. Whether I am teaching groups of 5 year olds or speaking on the telephone.
At the end of a working day, when I have properly warmed- up my voice feels good, when I haven’t it feels tired and out of whack. Sometimes this vocal fatigue can lead into the next day as well, messing up a singing day. The more often I have a tired voice day, the longer it takes to recover. When your voice is fatigued from an event and then you have sing on it you can cause damage- something none of us want.
Sometimes, even I forget, or do not make the time, to warm-up in the morning, and I pay the price for it. I think teaching groups of people is one of the hardest things on your voice, especially when they can be a chatty bunch. I taught in a classroom for many years and found the same thing to be true; I needed to warm-up my voice to get through the class without over-taxing my vocal chords.
Look at it as a positive, the more often you warm-up and train your singing voice, the better shape it will be in for everything as well as singing.
Your singing warm-up will be of great benefit to your speaking voice. Remember they use the same larynx, chords, and muscle support to use them correctly. If you are going to be speaking, do yourself a favor and vocalize beforehand.
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