Master Teacher Blog: The Dangers of Vocal Misuse

Here at Park Cities School of Music in Dallas, TX, we receive students of all ages that enjoy singing. They are mostly inspired by the stars they hear on the radio and watch on television. As such, they often imitate what they hear. People imitate without the knowledge of how dangerous and damaging it is to produce sound the incorrect way. Even more than this, it’s assumed that because a singer’s voice is pleasing to the ear that it’s also healthy.

In voice lessons at Park Cities School of Music in Dallas, TX, we stress the importance of first learning how to produce sound in the correct way. This means that our students learn about proper posture, how to use their breathing mechanism, correct vowels sounds and shapes, as well as healthy resonance. Our students learn how to warm up their voices, how to practice, all while building proper vocal muscle memory in order to sustain them in the future. Building this foundation is of the utmost importance and should take precedence over learning songs. What good does it do to learn a whole list of songs while not improving or learning to care for your instrument?

Creating the proper foundation, and learning to understand the singing voice, prevents a singer from causing themselves damage such as vocal nodules, polyps, or perpetual hoarseness. Perpetual hoarseness is often the precursor, and a huge sign, of other vocal problems. This is the reason why it’s important that novice singers study with someone who know how to properly train their voices.

Young and untrained singers often make the common mistakes of singing without a proper warm up, carrying chest voice (belt voice) too high, producing sound with the throat, and supporting with the jaw and not their intercostals. These habits all lead to damage that can very easily be permanent and ruin any young singer’s chance for a future career. Here at Park Cities School of Music in Dallas, TX, we make preventing this our top priority.

Ebonee Davis

PCSM Master Teacher

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