- Written by Chad Criswell
Make no mistake, by the very nature of being music teachers our classrooms tend to be very noisy places. Whether you teach vocal, band, orchestra, or general music, the number of students that we deal with combined with the equipment that we make use of adds up to a lot of ambient, extraneous noise that students must mentally filter out in order to hear and understand the teacher. For most teachers raising our vocal intensity and projecting more forcefully is a subconscious and automatic method for dealing with this noise. We find ourselves speaking more loudly in order to be heard. Over time however, and under the right circumstances, pushing our voices too hard can cause potentially irreparable harm to the vocal cords that are so vital to our very careers.