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2/7/16 10:09 A

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I have been teaching for quite awhile. I have taught both with and without a mic. In general, in a large facility with many participants, I use a mic. In small facilities and fewer participants, I don't use a mic.

As far as projecting my voice, I have never had a problem with that, and until I read this thread, I never thought about it. I guess because I sang in high school and worked on voice projection in that, I was able to automatically take that ability to the workout room. Even in high impact aerobics, I have good lung capacity and can project. You can also use hand signals. (Zumba encourages you to do that rather than talk so much.)

The only time I tend to get soft unless I really pay attention is when teaching a yoga class. Since that is a quiet type of exercise with quiet music, it is natural for me to use a softer voice. So I have to be careful to avoid the natural instinct to speak softly.

When I use a mic, it has always been provided by the facility where I taught. If they don't work, you just have to go without.

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1/29/16 8:53 A

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Hi Alison!

I was scrolling through the past replies and saw mine. Basically, my current response is the same! LOL

While your voice will get stronger the more you intentionally talk louder, I also remembered that once my four hour shift was over, I felt my "voice" was so tired (as well as my ears from hearing myself!). And all I wanted to do was be in silence. Probably some sort of mic would have been easier on me. But until then, here's what I would do:

Go into a large empty room and stand on one side. Then practice speaking aloud as if you want someone to hear you on the other side of the room. At first it won't seem natural because you're not used to it. But do it every day anyway. Remember, you are building your voice muscles.

And if you also buy a mic, then at least you will then have two options to use in your classes!

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1/29/16 7:15 A

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Any tips on voice projection or alternatively what mic system you recommend would be much appreciated.
I have a cold at the moment and my class could not hear me this morning (my first time teaching - I am a trainee and my teacher allowed me to try a warm up with them.) I have a feeling that even without a cold I am softly spoken.
Many thanks
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7/6/12 9:35 P

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When in a large gym, I have always used a mic. They were provided by the gym. In my small senior classes and at the dance studio, I don't use a mic. Sometimes I wish I had one at the studio if it is a big class.

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Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: �What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.�� (C.S. Lewis)
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7/5/12 7:18 A

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Thanks for the input thus far. I am finding this issue to be more complex than I had anticipated. I am continuing to consider using a mic and any further comments you might have would still be appreciated. At the moment I am at the stage of looking into various brands (starting with those mentioned in the replies here) and their particular features, so information along these lines would be very useful. Thanks for your help.

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7/4/12 8:47 P

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I use a cordless Personal Voice Amplification System when teaching my Water Aerobics classes, and it works great for me. Its called a ChatterVox. It comes with a headset, and rechargeable batteries. You wear it around your waist which gives you mobility to move around to various area. I purchased one two years ago for $295.00 and I'm still using it. See Website link below:

WWW.CHATTERVOX.COM
1888-888-9060

I hope that helps!


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7/4/12 7:24 P

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Hello there..on the mic issue..I have done both over the years and it really depends on the style classes, the size of the facility, the music levels.
In the larger gyms I have always used a mic. several times when the mic was broken etc, I found it very difficult to teach to the level that I prefer to teach. It is hard to teach an active step class or a yoga class without it and have everyone understand you. Cycle classes are really hard because I for one love my music loud in a cycle class. AND we taught it with very low lighting.
Zumba on the other hand promotes visual cuing so no mic would be necessary...BUT that is also if you have a stage or at least a raised platform so members can see you.

So after lots of jibber jabber, in my opinion, unless your studio is a small one to maybe only fit 10-15 students, I would get a mic. I think SHURE was who we used, I really don't remember, but I would get 2 of the packs and maybe have the instructors buy their own headsets (you can probably get them at a group rate) they also would need to have the spit guards if you share headsets...there is a lot of care that needs to go into them so just be prepared :)
If you have any questions on further input, feel free to email me as well.
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7/4/12 12:37 P

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emoticon Hi MCM!

Being that I've only worked at Curves (or volunteered for very small senior groups), I have never used a mic. There IS music at Curves; but no music doing volunteer seated resistance band exercises with the senior ladies.

When I used to work evenings at Curves and had more members working out and the music louder, I did notice that my voice got stronger as I strove to talk "over" the music.

When I work in the mornings with the retired ladies, they always ask for the music to be lower so they can chat with each other and visit while doing their workout.

I'm sure you will get more responses as people get back to their computers after today's holiday!

{{{Hugs}}}
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7/4/12 9:55 A

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Just wondering who uses a wireless mic to amplify their voice during aerobics instruction. This is an option now under discussion within our group here. Having never used one, I don't know much about it. However I do know that delivering cues to my senior class at a level they can hear over the (low-level) music is already having an effect on my voice.

Can anyone offer any pros or cons of mic use and mic purchase? Or any other information/tips that might help educate me on this topic? Is one particular brand or style better than others?

Thanks very much for any insight on this subject you might be able to provide!!

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