|Vocal Tip of the Month!
|Cheering and Crowd Encouragements
few weeks ago, I got to see my favourite music band in concert. I was
lucky enough to sneak my way through the crowd to find a nice spot by the rail
right in front of the stage. I was so happy to be there and excited to
hear the music I love. I sang the lyrics to every song and I cheered the
band quite often, clearly getting carried away by my enthusiasm! After
the show, I met the band members and the bassist told me, "Your
voice must be a little hoarse right now!" But I told him it
wasn't. He seemed really surprised...
And so his remark inspired the topic for this month's newsletter. From
all that singing and screaming, most people would get vocal fatigue. I didn't because I applied the same strategies when I screamed as when I sing and speak. We
must remember that the singing voice, the speaking voice and the screaming
voice are the same. We only have one voice and however it is used, the
same voice placement and support techniques are relevant to project it and
avoid unnecessary damage to the vocal cords.
In May and June, many schools hold events in which you are most likely to
encourage your students with your screaming voice during their performance. On a
track and field day, during a sport game, a music concert or a fun play day,
remember the following tips to keep your voice safe:
1) Take a few minutes before you arrive at the event to warm-up your voice.
2) Don't smoke or avoid sitting next to someone who does.
3) Drink plenty of water to keep your vocal cords hydrated.
4) Apply the basis of correct voice projections. They are:
a) Take a deep breath before you yell or sing.
b) Use your support applying a downward pressure.
c) Open your jaw vertically to allow your larynx to completely
d) Focus the resonance of your voice high in the mask (around
your nose, forehead and cheeks).
5) Use an amplification system if you can such as a megaphone or a microphone.
6) Give your voice a little bit of rest by keeping all talking to a minimum the
next day to allow any swelling of your vocal cords to come down.
Don't whisper! Hopefully, staying quiet won't be necessary if you have been using your vocal
Singing is a wonderful way to
strengthen your speaking voice and it is both healthy for the body and soul. It improves breath capacity, encourages good
posture, oxygenates your blood and energizes the body. During singing, natural pleasure-giving and pain-killing
hormones called endorphins are released making us feel happier and less
stressed. Higher thinking, analytical
skills, emotional intelligence and memory are also stimulated through the
actions of synchronizing and interpreting lyrics, melody and rhythm in a
song. The simple act of singing brings
a magical intuitive awareness that allows people to connect with their inner
voice, higher powers and with each other.
Dare to sing with the people you love. Here are some fun places to sing now or this summer:
|a) In your classroom with your students
|b) Around a campfire
|c) In the shower
a music concert
a karaoke bar
|g) At home with your family and friends
Visit the following
website to download a FREE karaoke software and find an unlimited source of
.kar and .midi files to sing along to: www.vanbasco.com
Challenge yourself and sing your heart out!
|Inspiring Quotes and Stories...
like we expect our students to be active participants in our classroom,
next time you attend a sport event or a music concert (unless it's a
classical music concert which would then be
inappropriate), I'd like to encourage you to put yourself out there and
take part in cheering your team or favourite musicians. Don't be
afraid to make a fool of yourself giggling and screaming like a little
artists and athletes feed off the energy they receive from the crowd.
Too often have I attended such events where spectators watched the
performance passively. No cheering creates an
impersonal and boring concert or game atmosphere that distances
from the performers and disinterests them completely. So please
don't be a passive observer; verbal and physical participation
makes an event more of an experience. Plus, cheering helps
releasing stress as long as it is kept positive. Crowd
participation is fun. Now, get those hands in the air and
show your love!