Breathing, speaking, and voice teachers have an important role in helping people use and use their voice properly. Speech and voice teachers are mainly used for children when there are disorders in the children's language development
. Lisping, rumbling and stuttering are also among the speech disorders that can be treated and remedied. Adults who have a problem with their language are also cared for. This may be necessary, for example, if the patient has suffered a stroke
. This often manifests itself in the verbal image of those affected. A slurred and indistinct speech
can be the result. However, voice teachers are not only used when it comes to language disorders. People who need a clear voice and pronunciation to practice their profession also make use of the work of vowel breathing.
In order to learn the profession, you should enjoy the German language and be able to play with it. You should also bring a high degree of patience, friendliness and empathy. Speech teachers need to be able to approach, motivate and empower their clients. Likewise, a clear and distinct pronunciation should be self-evident. Independent, accurate and responsible working methods are also required.
Prerequisite for learning the profession
In order to be able to complete an apprenticeship, the secondary school leaving certificate and the passing of an entrance examination are required. In addition, the applicants for the training position must be able to produce a so-called phoniatic report. This must confirm that there are no hearing, voice or language disorders.
Training as a breathing, speech and voice teacher
The training is school-based vocational training. The training lasts 3 years and concludes with a final examination. The main focus of the training is on the practical part. In addition, the trainees are offered some internships and internships in which they can apply and deepen what they have learned.
Opportunities for professional development as a breathing, speech and voice teacher
Voice teachers have many opportunities to develop further in their profession. You can be promoted to therapy manager in the hospital, lead a speech therapy practice or work as a trainer at a vocational or music school. Breathing, speech and voice teachers can also become self-employed and run their own speech therapy practice. Some universities even offer further qualification for a Bachelor of Science in the form of various courses.
Locations for breathing, speech and voice teachers
In addition to being employed or managing a speech therapy practice, language teachers can also work in ENT clinics or in rehabilitation centers. There is also the opportunity to go into the artistic field and teach singers or presenters so that they can use their voice confidently and strongly.
Everyday life of the breath, speech and voice teacher
Of course, everyday life differs depending on the workplace. However, the task is always to plan the speech therapy and carry it out with the client. They conduct an initial consultation with the client and, if there is a speech disorder, make a diagnosis and plan further action to remedy the deficit and to support language development in children. Breathing, speech and voice teachers assess and document progress. (Image source: Federal Employment Agency)