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Preview of ‘Vocal Health and Awareness Course for Teachers”

These four videos offer a taster for the 30 videos in the course. Please see under the four videos for a complete course menu and description.

  • Vocal Techniques for Enhanced Delivery – Introduction:

    This extract highlights the need for a teacher to have a flexible and effective voice to meet the demands of different educational situations and environments.

  • Examples of Incorrect Posture:

    How we sit, stand and move affect the voice – good posture is essential if the voice is used day in and day out. This lecture illustrates common examples of postural misuse – often seen in the teaching situation – and the effect they have on the voice.

  • Pitch:

    Pitch adds interest to the voice. This extract explains how pitch can be used effectively and safely for increased modulation.

  • Teacher’s Checklist:

    The teaching day places many demands on the voice. This extract points out some of the potential areas for increased wear and tear on the voice.

  • Course menu and description:

  • Section 1: Course Introduction

    Lecture 1: Course Introduction
    An introductory lecture outlining the demands on the teaching voice and how this course will be of enormous benefit to teachers and lecturers or anyone instructing groups of students in a learning environment.

  • Section 2: How The Voice Works

    Lecture 1: Introduction to How The Voice Works
    The purpose of this lecture is to introduce the student to the workings of the vocal mechanism and to give a basic understanding of how the voice works.

    Lecture 2: Vocal Folds (Pt1)
    This lecture introduces the student to the vital role played in voice production by the vocal folds (or cords) and how important it is to keep the folds moist during the working day or for extended voice use.

    Lecture 3: Vocal Folds (Pt2)
    This lecture explains how diet, lifestyle and environment affect the voice and how we can avoid hazards and pitfalls during the professional day.

    Lecture 4: How Posture Affects the Voice
    This lecture explains how posture – how we sit, stand and move – can affect the voice and how it is important to consider good posture when using the voice each and every day.

  • Section 3: Posture and Alignment

    Lecture 1: Introduction to Posture and Alignment
    If the voice is to sound appropriate for the teaching situation, then the body has to assume the correct posture and this means avoiding tension and common postural misuses.

    Lecture 2: Examples of Incorrect Posture
    This lecture illustrates common examples of postural misuse – often seen in the teaching situation – and the effect they have on the voice.

    Lecture 3: Balanced Posture and Alignment
    Good voice use means good posture and this lecture illustrates how we can achieve balanced alignment so that our body is best placed to produce good vocal sound.

  • Section 4: Demands on the Teacher’s Voice

    Lecture 1: Considering the Average Teaching Day
    We look at the typical pressures of the teaching day and the demands placed on the teaching voice.

  • Section 5: Vocal Techniques for Enhanced Delivery

    Lecture 1: Introduction to Vocal Techniques
    This lecture explains the vocal techniques a teacher needs to understand and use in order to have a varied and effective delivery for a wide range of educational situations and environments.

    Lecture 2: Breathing
    Breath underpins all work on the voice and good breath control is vital for a voice that needs to carry easily and reach all listeners. This lecture looks at supportive breathing.

    Lecture 3: Articulation
    This lecture explains why clear articulation is so important when delivering information in the learning environment and how we can achieve and strengthen our vocal clarity.

    Lecture 4: Articulation – Vowel Sounds
    This lecture explains how vowels carry the sound and how long and short vowels give our speech clarity.

    Lecture 5: Articulation – Consonant Sounds
    This lecture explains how consonants give speech distinction and how and where the consonants are formed.

    Lecture 6: Articulation – Conclusion
    We look at more examples of good articulation and how practising and working the organs of articulation to strengthen our diction can be fun and enjoyable.

    Lecture 7: Pitch
    This lecture explains how pitch variation adds interest to the teaching voice and illustrates how the pitch range can be safely extended for increased modulation.

    Lecture 8: Resonance
    Resonance helps to amplify the voice and this is important in the different environments within which the teaching voice may have to work. We look at the resonators and how to exercise them so that the teaching voice may be amplified easily and effectively.

    Lecture 9: Volume
    This lecture explains how focus and intention give projection. Projection gives the voice carrying power and ensures it reaches its intended target.

    Lecture 10: Tone Colour
    This lecture looks at the emotional thought behind the words and how the psychological and physical work together to colour the voice for its appropriate content and delivery.

    Lecture 11: Vocal Techniques – Recap
    This lecture recaps on the techniques covered and the role they play in enriching vocal delivery and giving variety, warmth, conviction and authority to the teaching voice.

  • Section 6: Challenging Acoustics

    Lecture 1: Introduction to Difficult Teaching Spaces
    Many times teachers have to work in less than perfect spaces and teaching areas. We look at how these can impact on the teaching voice.

    Lecture 2: The Assembly Hall
    This lecture looks at how to use the voice in a big space – the assembly hall.

    Lecture 3: The Science Lab
    This lecture looks at the vocal techniques to be employed in the science lab.

    Lecture 4: The Sports Field
    Using the voice out of doors can be a minefield for the teacher! This lecture offers advice on how to make the task easier.

    Lecture 5: The Sports Hall
    Even for the sports specialist the gym and sports hall can present vocal challenges – this lecture advises how the teacher can best meet these challenges.

    Lecture 6: The Swimming Pool
    The strongest voice cannot compete with the hazards of the swimming pool and this lecture offers the teacher alternative strategies.

    Lecture 7: In The Classroom
    We recap on effective vocal techniques and how to use the voice effectively and effortlessly at all times.

  • Section 7: The Daily Vocal Warm-up

    Lecture 1: A Simple Work-Out for the Voice
    A warmed up voice is easier to control and sustain over long periods. This lecture takes the teacher through a daily warm-up to prime the voice for its daily demands.

  • Section 8: Teacher’s Vocal Checklist

    Lecture 1: Important Points to Remember
    This lecture takes the teacher through a checklist of basic points to remember to enhance vocal delivery in the educational arena and help maintain good vocal health.

  • Section 9: Course Conclusion

    Lecture 1: The Practical Application for Improved Voice Use
    This lecture reviews the techniques covered and their application for the professional performance.


Cost of this course: £49.99


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