General Description

Teachers, like stage actors, have a high occupational vocal load and are susceptible to vocal strain. Both need to speak clearly across large spaces. Both need voices that can last the distance for eight shows a week or five days of teaching!

This course draws on voice training for actors to provide techniques for optimal, efficient and flexible voice use inside and outside the classroom. 

• Know your vocal 'instrument'

• Discover how our natural 'body wisdom' informs our voice

• Find instinctive breath support for an energized and efficient voice

• Resonance and its relationship to projection (be heard across the playground without yelling!)

* Learn a 10 min vocal warm up to use each day.

• Tips to maintain a healthy and optimal voice in your everyday life as well as at school.


This course is ideal for teachers who want to improve their voice use, or have experienced vocal issues such as hoarseness, vocal fatigue, an overly soft voice, breathy voice or throat clearing.

Teaching Standards

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:   Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.

Venue Information:

Club York

Level 2, 99 York St




It is part of the Bowlers Club, with an entrance beside the Club.  Take the lift to Level 2.  A couple of buildings from the corner of Market Street, on the left-hand side heading towards Circular Quay.  Middle of CBD.


5 min. walk from Town Hall Station, through Queen Vic. Building to Market St.  

Buses from George or York Streets.  Market Street is the closest stop.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.


Available underneath the Club.  Entrance Secure Parking 168 Clarence Street (back of building).

Parking Rates

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.


Introduction and alignment

1 hour and 30 minutes

Focus and Content

• Introductions and welcome,

• Your instrument is your whole body – Alignment,

• Releasing unhelpful tension: experience tension and what it does to the voice.

• Muscle strength not tension:

• The 15 min daily vocal warm up.

Finding your natural, instinctive voice and connecting it to your body's support mechanisms

2 hours

Participants will discover their breath and the body’s support system for voice through organic, natural and instinctive ways. You will discover and demonstrate the concentrated tonal energy in the voice, that allows for carrying power without strain or pain.

How to 'yell' in a healthy way that won't cause vocal fatigue or strain.

1 hour

Putting into practice the tonal energy work of the previous session, we delve into the stage actors No 1 vocal skill of “call”. Ideal for when teachers need to raise their voice across the playground or in other situations.

More ways to avoid vocal strain and what to do it you experience vocal strain

45 minutes

• Discuss / share ways to reduce the vocal load at school

• The link between voice strain and classroom management

• What to do if you experience vocal strain

Wrap up, practical application, how to apply at school tomorrow or next week

30 minutes

Recap from today. What things can you start applying now?

What changes can you make inside / outside the classroom based on today’s training?


Lea Baker

Taught voice for 20+ years. About to graduate from NIDA – Master Of Fine Arts – Voice. Developed and ran ‘Vocal Health for Teachers’ at NIDA, Feb 2021. Developed and presented several workshops over many years, for teachers and musical directors. Founded and currently direct the Endeavour Harmony Chorus, five times Australian champion a-cappella women’s' chorus.