Vocal Problems - Part 2
Date: July 20, 2012
I began a thread back in March of 2010, about problems I was having with my speaking and singing voice. As a reminder, I followed everyone's advice and saw an otolaryngologist, who diagnosed muscle tension dysphonia. I worked with a speech therapist who also noted some nerve damage. I had some success with the exercises she gave me. It has been two years, and though I know the correct way to speak, I find that it is getting more and more difficult to find the right placement. My speaking voice continues to be somewhat raspy, and my singing vocal range hasn't improved at all.
At the beginning of the summer, I was intent on spending a lot of time working on getting my voice back in shape. I planned to begin each day in silence, gradually warming up my voice and only speaking "correctly". That intention was blown the first week of summer! Each time I tried to begin the day silently, something (husband, children, mother, pet) got in the way, and by the time I remembered to talk correctly, my voice was so tired that I couldn't.
Now, I'm about 4 weeks away from heading back to school, and my voice is in no better shape than it was 2 years ago - in fact, it may be worse. I'm upset with myself that I can't commit to the "silent treatment" enough to restore my speaking and singing voice - that which is my livelihood and feeds my soul. At this point though, I'm looking for ways that I can approach school and my students with a positive attitude. Any teaching techniques that will spare my voice would be greatly appreciated.
Any other suggestions for my predicament would also be appreciated...
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