The Voice Care Philippines team conducted a 1-day Voice Care for Teachers workshop for the 30+ faculty members of Harrell Horne Integrated School in Imus, Cavite on May 12, 2015. Their daily devotion was immediately followed by some opening remarks and introduction to the workshop by the principal, Mrs. Luz Villanueva.
The first half of the workshop was conducted by Voice Care Philippines Ada Cuaresma. Ada discussed the different factors that make teachers prone to developing voice problems – the environment, their students and their vocal use. She then went into teaching the science of voice production, and did several exercises with the participants to create awareness on how their body affects the way voice is produced, especially their posture and breathing. The participants also went through a “vocal workout” – a series of body and vocal exercises that serve as a warmup for vocally-challenging activities, such as classroom teaching. Ada also discussed the different types of voice disorders – their causes, symptoms and treatments.
In the afternoon, Andrew San Fernando did a session on “Voice Acting for Effective Teaching.” Andrew started his entertaining yet insightful presentation by sharing his own experience as a voice artist. He then went on to discuss the various elements of voice that teachers can use to create variety in the way they teach in class, especially for students of the today that have short attention span and access to more information outside the classroom. The participants performed exercises and activities to explore their pitch range, challenge their vocal power and create character voices.
At the end of the day, some teachers shared their feedback on what they learned from the workshop, and how they can use their learning going forward.