Teachers are heavy occupational voice users, vocal athletes of the highest order who rarely have been given all the tools they need to enable the voice to consistently meet the demands of the job and to avoid fatigue and injury. COVID-19 has exacerbated these vocal challenges. These tips offer strategies to lessen the strain and vocal fatigue related to teaching on Zoom and while masked.
These tips were created by Melissa Bidlack, MS, MM, CCC-SLP from the Johns Hopkins Voice Center and Margaret “Peggy” Baroody from the Peabody Insitute. A workshop was also offered, and that recording is available on the Faculty Digital Teaching Resources LMS site (JHED authentication required). For further questions concerning your teaching at Peabody, and specifically teaching while masked, please start by contacting Peabody’s Learning Innovation team.
Masks are not “one size fits all.” Take the time to find the right mask for you.
Consider a surgical mask for improved intelligibility.
Are you pushing? Or are you under-energized as a speaker?
Disclaimer: Learning and using vocal resonance and lip bubbles should be under the guidance of a voice professional or speech language pathologist.