The Teacher’s Voice

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

William Arthur Ward

Calling all teachers – is your voice working for you?

Kirstie O’Sullivan designed The Teacher’s Voice especially for you.

Kirstie learned how to use her voice during her professional actor training many moons ago. Since then, she has performed in many spaces big and small.

However it wasn’t until she started lecturing and speaking full time that she really needed to call on her vocal tools. The vocal energy that is required to speak to a classroom or lecture hall full of students day in day out is intense. Teaching every day is like running a vocal marathon.

Not only does your voice need to be loud enough to be heard over classroom kerfuffle, your voice needs to be interesting and varied enough to capture and keep the attention and engagement of your students.

The voice is also just like any other muscle – when you’re using it for long periods of time in a high performance manner, it will get tired. So how do you protect your voice and prevent it from going AWOL completely?

If you are a teacher or lecturer and you want to release the full range and vitality of your voice, then this workshop is for you.

Interested? Then this is what we’ll cover;

How the Voice Works: Learning a few simple facts about how your voice works will give you the tools to start using it far more effectively.

Relaxation Techniques: Give us a teacher who couldn’t do with a little more time to relax. We’ll explore exercises which will assist the release of any unnecessary physical and muscular tension, which may be impeding your vocal power.

Breathing Exercises: We’ll explore the connection with your breath as a foundation for sound. This also forms the basis for developing vocal resonance, giving you those fuller, richer tones to your voice.

Pitch, Pace and Volume: Three of the most important tools for any speaker. We’ll take a look at how the use of these can improve your vocal variety and flexibility, thereby increasing the chance of capturing the attention of your students. Make sure they don’t ‘switch off’.

Articulation: An appreciation and application of clear articulation (otherwise known as ‘good diction’) will assist you in the clarity of your communication. Ensure that what you’re saying is supported by how you are saying it.

Sound like what you’re after? Then contact us to discuss the possibility of hosting The Teacher’s Voice workshop at your school soon.

We know that time is of the essence for teachers so you can choose to programme The Teacher’s Voice over a 1 day workshop (10am – 3.30pm) or go into a little more depth over a 2 day workshop.

Have a question? Then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to speaking with you.