I am a middle school teacher that talks alot during the day and at night my voice is so harsh, what can I do?
Well, there could be a lot of different things causing discomfort in your voice, ranging from allergies, reflux, or simply over straining your voice throughout the course of the day. Regardless, here are a few things to try.
First off, I would focus on drinking more water and eliminating or severely limiting sodas and caffeine as this will help you stay hydrated and prevent your voice from getting agitated.
If you think you’re having issues with reflux, you might want to reconsider eating spicy or overly greasy foods in the evening. This will likely help you from having as big of issues.
Also, there’s the factor of balancing your voice. You want to make sure that while you’re using your voice, that you’re getting the most sound while using a little effort as possible. Engaging your tongue or swallowing muscles while talking to your kids is definitely not preferred. Instead, learn to rely on your body’s natural resonance chambers. You can learn more about how to do this in this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0voMREAWaIY
I hope this helps.
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor
ps – You might also watch the video on breathing and singing on my youtube channel, as it may also help you learn to better project your voice with less effort.