TEACHERS AND LECTURERS' VOICE
AWARENESS AND TRAINING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
'If teachers are to teach effectively, the undisputed fact is that they need voices that are able to withstand the demands of prolonged voice use often at high volume on a daily basis.'
(Stephanie Martin, Speech and Language Therapist)
Voice disorders among teachers are often underestimated or regularly attributed to a banal cold. It is estimated that teachers continuously use their voice for 20 to 25% of their working time, a higher rate than in most professions. Studies also show that female teachers have a higher vocal load than male teachers, primarily due to a higher natural frequency.
One can compare teachers and lecturers to singers or actors, with whom they share a professional and intensive use of their instrument.
But this is not all about the welfare of the teachers. The voice laboratory at the University of Liège recently launched a study on the effect of voice disorders on the quality of learning. These outcomes suggest that dysphonia and other vocal alterations impact the perception and understanding of students, and therefore their learning process.
I provide teachers and lecturers with training opportunities and detailed information through group workshops or one-to-one classes comprising the following:
• Early Warnings: Strategies for spotting early warning signals of voice disorders.
• Vocal Anatomy: In-depth understanding of the anatomical functioning of the voice.
• Practical Exercises: Personalised guidance and exercises to protect voices against vocal fatigue and tension (exercises on posture, breath, resonance, vocal projection and articulation).
• Daily Vocal Care: A complete information on daily vocal health (hydration, diet, lifestyle).
Available as individual coaching or group workshops,
in-person or on Zoom