Here are some tips for
taking care of a tired, overworked, and disappearing voice!
- Keep your throat lubricated as
much as possible. Drink lots of water, and get in the habit of
always having a water bottle nearby.
- Breathe steam!- use a
humidifier or vaporizer, especially during the winter months,
and especially at night.
This can work miracles for both treatment and prevention of
- If you do feel like you’re
losing your voice, try wrapping a hot towel, or heating pad
around your neck, while sipping ice water. Do this for 15-30
minutes several times a day if you can. Even once will help
enormously. The idea is that the heat relaxes the muscles,
while the cold reduces the inflammation on your vocal folds.
- Drink hot lemon juice or tea
with honey. (Throat Coat tea is available at most drug stores,
is a nice treat!)
- Avoid clearing your throat,
and whispering .Both are very hard on vocal folds.
- Gargle with warm salt water.
- If you suffer from allergies,
stay on top of them. Once they grab hold, you are wide open
catching a cold, and losing your voice.
What If I'm
Not Comfortable Singing?
Some adults are not
comfortable singing, but there are many other ways you can
bring music and rhythm into the classroom.
- Use recordings with
instructions, that the children can sing along with, or
follow activities. There are many such recordings
- A lot of music training is
actually listening skills. You can put items in a box,
make a sound, and let children guess what the sound is.
- Go on a “sound” hunt. Take
a walk and stop along the way. Have children close their
eyes and listen to the sounds around. Some sounds will
make a rhythm, such as hammers, bird songs, machinery.
Have children try to imitate those rhythms.
- Spend some time by
yourself listening to a variety of recordings by different
artists. Try to find songs sung simply, without harmonies
or a lot of instrumentation. It may be that there are some
singers you can more easily sing with than others. Explore
your own voice, and conduct your
own listening exercises.
- Chant, rather than sing
song lyrics. Keep a steady rhythm by slapping your thighs,
and use different voices (whisper, loud, soft, sad, mad,
- Have a parent come into
the classroom and sing with the children, or combine with
another class for a special music time, if there is
another teacher who is more comfortable singing