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Wireless body mic

I teach middle school & high school choirs and have been straining my voice quite a bit. My administrator has offered to get me a body mic (bless her!). Does anyone have recommendations for the best ones? I don't even know if this option exists, but I would love it to be portable so that I can use it in various places around the school (ie., not just play the sound through the speakers in my classroom). Thanks in advance for your suggestions! 
on September 13, 2013 5:42am
I have an AddVox and use it whenever I'm in the MPR or in a large area where I don't have a sound system set up or in use. When the district bought the system for me, it came with a charger, and I think either with an extra set of batteries or we bought an extra set.  Here's a link to the place we got it from:
on September 14, 2013 7:41am
I would first make sure that you are using your voice healthily. Are you straining because you yell over the class, or sing out of your range? Those things won't get any better if you use a mic. Just something to consider. Good luck. 
on September 15, 2013 4:42am
I got one that's kind of a fanny pack thing on Amazon.  Audio2000'S AWP6202 Waist-Band Portable PA System with a Headset Microphone.  I've only used it for a couple of days, and the kids (middle school) find it quite cool (or at least that's what I tell them they think!)   I completely understand the issues:  you talk louder than normal while teaching, especially teaching middle schoolers, and your voice gets tired.  I've had missing notes when I sing (open my mouth; nothing comes out) and a goopy throat since school started this year.  We also have a very humid building (wet papers, sticky hands) and that doesn't help much.  I'm hoping the mic lets me talk and sing quieter and still be heard.  I told the kids it's so I can yell at them without yelling.  Of course, it's not, but adding some humor to me looking like a dork helps.  One of my kids has been saying, "Price check; aisle three!" on occasion.  It's kind of fun, actually.  Get one!  This one was only $25 or something close.  I got rechargeable batteries & plan on charging them each night.
on September 15, 2013 8:16am
A student who lectures extensively has asked me to recommend a body mic to alleviate her vocal fatigue.  
I've heard of Chattervox, Add-vox, and Countryman, but have had experience with none of them.
Can anyone compare them, or recommend something else better?
on September 15, 2013 7:17pm
I, too, am looking at the possibility of getting an amplification system to save my voice.  I've heard of the portable ones listed above.  I've also toy'd with the idea of getting just a wireless mic system like the Countryman.  What are the pro's and con's of a portable one, such as the Add-Vox, versus a wireless system like the Countryman?
Thanks for posting this, Morgan!!  And thanks for those that have already posted!
on September 16, 2013 1:04pm
We had a system is every classroom called RedCat.  It had a really good speaker and microphone.  You could also connect stereo and video to the system if you wanted to crank the volume.  We now have amplification as part of the classroom solutions/Active Board system.  I have also used  a Chatterbox in the past and have had a small amp in my room with a mic.  All seemed to do what I needed and helped keep me from straining my voice.  I have to agree with Genevieve that you really need to make sure you are supporting the sound when you speak as well as when you sing and don't try to sing out of your range just to help students find their pitch.  Good luck in your search.
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