You may not have had a vocal lesson before, but these exercises will warm up your voice and, when your voice is relaxed, you’ll be both more confident and more effective in your delivery of online teaching.  

Here we continue the release of videos in the series created for Macquarie teaching staff to provide practical strategies for improving online recordings. 

The sudden changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to go online whether we were ready or not. This new way of teaching has put many of us unexpectedly in front of the camera with the spotlight shining brightly and the audio recorder on PLAY. The teacher is now a performer too! 

Read more about the video series and how it was created in response to student feedback wanting to ‘see lectures with the camera on the lecturer not just the slides and audio’. 

Watch now… Voice warm up exercises Part 1 & 2

PART 1 Warm up exercises

PART 2 More warm up exercises

In case you missed it… 

If you missed any of the earlier episodes in the ‘Discover your Online Presence’ module, you can find them here: 

Practical tips for presenting on camera- standing Improve your online physical presence – be inviting, non-intimidating and yet authoritative and confident. 
Practical tips for presenting on camera- Sitting Overcome the difficulties in generating an energetic delivery of a lesson while seated at your laptop with these practical tips for engaging your audience in live tutorial ZOOM sessions. 
Practical tips for developing your confidence on camera The increase in online teaching may have triggered concerns around recording yourself and how you come across on camera, especially as you can’t see your audience.  Find out how to deal with these nerves. 

Still to come.. 

Look out for episodes 2 and 3 in the ‘Discover your voice’ module, scheduled for release 2nd October via the Teche blog.

In Episode 2 of Discover your Voice you will find out how to combat performance anxiety and use your voice to influence the way students receive the knowledge and information you’re teaching. 

Episode 3 shows how to make the elements of voice speed, projection, diction and inflection work for you to ensure your recordings can be heard and understood clearly by your students. 

Do your students create video presentations for assessment?

These videos are available for students too! You could embed the video links in your iLearn unit as a resource for students. For instructions on how to do this, please refer to the iLearn Quick Guides on Embedding Video or Linking YouTube Videos.

I really enjoyed the videos and they have given me lots of things to consider when presenting my next round of sessions. Thanks for putting these together.

Susan Fripp – Research Librarian

About the presenter, Koo Abuali:

Koo Abuali founded FireWire Music in 2006 and has built an accomplished career as a Music Supervisor, Consultant, Public Speaker and Voice Coach.  In 1999 she was granted a US Green Card for “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” and went on to live and work in New York and Los Angeles in the News and Entertainment industry, before returning to Sydney in 2018 to commence her Juris Doctor at Macquarie University. Koo is also a highly sought after speaker/panelist and has been invited to conferences around the world including Midem (Cannes, France), CMJ (NY, USA) SXSW (Austin, USA), Nashville Film Festival (Nashville, USA), Synch Summit (LA, USA), NXNE (Toronto, Canada), Montreal Film Festival (Montreal, Canada), FUSE (Adelaide, Aust), Big Sound (Qld) to speak on music and how to develop effective presentation and negotiating skills. 

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One Comment

  1. This is great stuff, thanks Koo and the LIH Professional Learning Team for this initiative.

    I’ll also be sharing with my choir comrades (you never know, we might all get to sing together again one day) because what’s good for talking is often also helpful for singing. 🙂

    Nice work, and very much needed to help our teaching staff engage effectively with students in unfamiliar online environments.


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