Today is World Voice Day! It is a worldwide annual event that takes place on April 16 devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice.
The voice provides the main tool for both semantic and emotional communication, and is therefore relevant to auditory perception, psychology, neurology, cognition, linguistics and phonetics. It is a crucial tool not only in education but also in the daily work for about 30 % of the entire working population.
The aim of The World Voice Day is to demonstrate the enormous importance of the voice in our daily lives, as a tool of communication, and as an application of a large number of sciences, such as physics, psychology, phonetics, art, and biology. The theme for this year is Educate your Voice. The way to educate the voice is to learn how the voice is produced or how to make your voice sound better. Voice quality impacts effectiveness of communication and how other people see us.
The World Voice Day 2014 is a reminder of how important the voice is to educators of all types and to their students. It is vital for teachers and other voice users to maintain the vocal health.
Make sure your vocal health education includes 10 tips for healthy voice:
Use your voice well! Learn to optimize healthy voice production.
Keep your voice hydrated! Adequate hydration is very important for healthy voice and vocal folds.
Warm up your voice if you’re going to embark on prolonged talking or singing.
Be wary talking or singing above background noise
Don’t fail your voice by smoking
Minimize throat clearing. These activity damage your voice.
Consider using amplification (microphone or megaphone) where loud voice is necessary.
Certain medications and drinks can dehydrate your voice
Don’t scream or shout your way into vocal detention.
Moderate voice use when sick. Reduce your vocal demands as much as possible when your voice is hoarse.
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