How Environment Affects the Voice

How Environment Affects the Voice

Did you know that your voice is affected by the weather and temperature? Your vocal folds are an instrument, just like any other instrument. But, instead of a hardshell plastic or vinyl case, the case for your voice is your body. Your voice can’t be put away and left for another day.

Here are four things any and every singer must be mindful of:

  1. Humidity. Remember that the vocal folds are a mucus membrane. Moisture is a necessity for the health and well-being of the voice.
  2. Dehydration. Enemy #1 of the voice! One of the foremost reasons of a singers’ troubled voice.
  3. Heat. Warmth – Yay! (But not to much heat.) Warm temperatures are the voice’s best friend. Warmth keeps the voice relaxed and loose.
  4. Cold. Just like the rest of your body, your voice won’t perform optimally at cold temperatures. Avoid iced drinks and cold air.

So, there are things that singers need to pay attention to, just like any instrumentalist. Remember that every person is different, and every voice has it’s requirements.

-Nancy Badger

Photo Attribution: Collie Dog Weather Vane by Garry Knight