Protecting Your Vocal Health

An NASM – PAMA Student Information Sheet


- Vocal health is important for all musicians and essential to lifelong success for singers.

- Understanding basic care of the voice is essential for musicians who speak, sing, and rehearse or teach others.

- Practicing, rehearsing, and performing music is physically demanding.

- Musicians are susceptible to numerous vocal disorders.

- Many vocal disorders and conditions are preventable and/or treatable.

- Sufficient warm-up time is important.

- Begin warming up mid-range, and then slowly work outward to vocal pitch extremes.

- Proper alignment, adequate breath support, and correct physical technique are essential.

- Regular breaks during practice and rehearsal are vital in order to prevent undue physical or vocal stress and strain.

- It is important to set a reasonable limit on the amount of time that you will practice in a day.

- Avoid sudden increases in practice times.

- Know your voice and its limits, and avoid overdoing it or misusing it.

- Maintain healthy habits. Safeguard your physical and mental health.

- Drink plenty of water in order to keep your vocal folds adequately lubricated. Limit your use of alcohol, and avoid smoking.

- Day-to-day decisions can impact your vocal health, both now and in the future. Since vocal strain and a myriad of other injuries can occur in and out of school, you also need to learn more and take care of your own vocal health on a daily basis. Avoid shouting, screaming, or other strenuous vocal use.

- If you are concerned about your personal vocal health, talk with a medical professional.

- If you are concerned about your vocal health in relationship to your program of study, consult Dr. Mark Williams.

Protecting Your Vocal Health: Student Information Sheet – NASM/PAMA , ed. Mark Williams