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Key Steps for keeping your voice healthy. Teachers and their Voice. Teachers have the highest vocal demands of any profession. More students than ever before. V ocal athletes. Drink plenty of water. Maintain body hydration . 7-9 glasses of water a day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

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Teachers and their Voice

Teachers have the highest vocal demands of any profession

More students than ever before

Vocal athletes


Drink plenty of water

  • Maintain body hydration
  • 7-9 glasses of water a day
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol

Moisture is a necessary lubricant of the vocal folds


Don't abuse or misuse your voice

  • Don’t smoke

causes inflammation and polyps of the vocal cords

makes the voice very husky, hoarse, and weak.

laryngeal (voice box) cancer


Try not to scream or yell

  • Try not to talk in noisy environments
  • Minimize throat clearing

Balance extra vocal demands

with voice rest

try to reduce vocal use

before and after extended episodes of talking

Use non-vocal cues to gain students' attention


Humidify the Environment

Use a humidifier or a hot shower

for additional hot, moist air.


Warm up your voice before heavy use

general stretching through less to more strenuous usage.

begin in the mid-range with easy production

7-10 minutes of warm-up is usually the minimum.


Some additional tips:

Avoid using menthol, eucalyptus and mint lozenges

Use a personal microphone and speaker.

Get an exam once a year by an ENT physician or a laryngologist


Make vocal health a priority

Most voice problems are related to improper voice use and/or life stress.

Taking care of your voice means taking care of your self!