Members of the Berklee Voice Department and the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Voice Center will conduct an interactive and informational seminar on vocal health and wellness for all entering voice principals during orientation week.
The purpose of this presentation is to raise awareness and to provide clear, accurate, and useful information on vocal health and wellness issues, and to share practical tips and strategies to help students better understand, manage, and actively care for their voices as “vocal athletes.” During the seminar, a series of beginning vocal exercises will be demonstrated, and handouts on vocal health and wellness will be distributed and discussed.
Topics covered will include: anatomy and function of the voice, warming up and cooling down, hydration, vocal hygiene, how abusive vocal behavior and certain lifestyle choices affect the voice, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of vocal difficulty, singer’s “stresses”, managing “vocal load” (knowing your body and its limits), when to stop singing, common vocal health concerns, getting medical attention and what to expect in an examination, holistic treatments, and preventive measures.
The seminar will also serve to provide an overview of what to expect in Private Instruction Voice Lessons, help students navigate the Voice Department’s website, and outline core policies contained within the Voice Department Handbook.
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