School teachers are one of the largest groups of professional voice users world-wide. Teachers’ voices are their primary tool of trade, their main mode of communication in the classroom and one of their most powerful assets.
Teaching, however, places many demands on vocal health:
- talking extensively
- talking loudly
- speaking over background noise, and
- speaking and projecting a voice over large distances in the playground or on the sports field
are just some of the vocal pressures teachers confront every day. Because of these vocal demands, teachers are at increased risk for developing vocal health problems. Fortunately, it is not difficult for most to avoid vocal health problems and for teachers to have an effective voice for their entire teaching career and beyond.
Reviewed 29 June 2020