Topic: Taking Care of Your Voice
Welcome: Welcome to #elmusedchat. Please introduce yourself & share what vocal training you received/experienced prior to teaching.
Q1: A good warm-up is important for all instruments. How do you warm up your own voice to ease it into your school day? Is this different from how your students warm-up? Why or why not? #elmusedchat
Q2: A frequent tip for music teachers is to sing FOR your students not with them. What are strategies to scaffold & support students when learning new songs, to ease your own vocal use? #elmusedchat
Q3: Attempting to overpower the hustle & bustle of student learning, excitement, etc. can be a strain on vocal chords – what attention getting strategies do you have that seem to work best? #elmusedchat
Q4: What are some non-verbal ways that you can give instructions to reduce your vocal strain? How can students be leaders & helpers to you in this? #elmusedchat
Q5: When you feel your voice begin to strain, what additional steps do you take to protect your vital instrument? #elmusedchat
Q6: When you do lose your voice, what are some strategies you have used to continue teaching & keep the music flowing and growing in your students? #elmusedchat