Vocal Health Series - Part III: Anatomy & Cool-Down

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Judy Pagryzinski, Lower Elementary Music Teacher
 
I made it through the day, I’m done right?
 
WRONG! Just as it is extremely important to stretch a muscle before exercise, it is equally as important to stretch at the end. The same is true for your vocal cords.
 
How do vocal cords work?
 
Your vocal cords are muscles inside your larynx (voice box) that open while breathing and close while speaking. Per second, your vocal cords come together about 100-200 times. That can add up to millions of times per day for teachers who have to talk for many hours. All of that contact can cause normal wear and tear on the voice, so giving your voice a cool down is just as important as the warm-up.
 
Anatomy of vocal chords
 
If your vocal cords are not properly cared for, you can cause temporary and sometimes permanent vocal damage.
 
How do I cool my voice down after a long day of teaching?
 
Follow along with this short video to give you quick and easy vocal and neck stretches to cool your vocal cords down.

Vocal Health Series Part III_ Anatomy & Cool Down from The Buzz on Vimeo.

 
For further information on vocal health check out:
 
Duke University’s Voice Care Center:
http://www.uu.edu/dept/music/library/safety/VocalHealthInformation.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1c4IkNhmaXzNVMxDyXmpxv2Nq8-8JbuaU7NducuQ9sKCe-ce4y7xKQXCI#:~:text=Your%20vocal%20folds%20come%20together,can%20become%20injured%20over%20time.
 
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/taking-care-your-voice
 
University of Southern California Voice Center
https://ent.keckmedicine.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/57/2014/06/Teachers-Health.pdf  

Did you miss Vocal Health Series Part I : Vocal Maintenance & Warm-Up? Here is the link: https://www.dcds.edu/mission/yellowjacketsblog/blog-read-page/~board/blog-posts/post/vocal-health-series-part-i-vocal-maintenance-warm-up

Did you miss Vocal Health Series Part II : I'm Warmed-Up, Now What? Here is the link: https://www.dcds.edu/mission/yellowjacketsblog/blog-read-page/~board/blog-posts/post/vocal-health-series-part-ii-im-warmed-up-now-what

 

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