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Body Mics for Teaching

Hello,  I have had many directors recommend that I get a body mic to teach my choral classes.  They say it helps to save my singing voice and helps with classroom management.  What is the best or prefered body mic for teaching/instruction in choral music?
on May 1, 2014 6:41am
I would agree completely. When I was teaching middle school general music full time, this was a voice saver, and enabled me to continue to teach with less effort and stress. I used a Chattervox:
You plug it in overnight to charge, and wear it around your waist, with the mic either hanging around your neck or on your head. It gives you enough boost that you can relax and not work so hard to be heard.  There may be more advanced items available now, but this is what I used. The kids get compeltely accustomed to you wearing it if you explain what it is for. They see so many people with mics now it doesn't faze them at all. More importantly, be sure you are using your voice correctly - if you are not sure, it is never a bad thing to get a vocal technique check up for speaking as well as for singing. Many many vocal problems come from speech issues rather than singing issues.
Search on personal voice amplification if you want to find other options on the internet. Good luck!
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on May 2, 2014 11:07am
When I worked in a middle school, I bought a lapel mic system from Radio Shack plus an amplifier, and plugged it into the classroom's speaker system.  It consisted of the remote clip on mic connected to pocket-size box (with on/off switch,) and the receiver that I connected to the amp that I connected to the speakers.  It worked well and had a better sound than the Chattervox's that I've seen in use.  
on May 3, 2014 6:58am
I have used my chattervox daily for close to 10 years teaching general music everyday in the auditorium--no speaker system to plug into.  A lapel mic system probably sounds better, but short of that, the chattervox is great.  I charge it once over the weekend and the charge lasts for a week.  When the re-chargeable batteries start running down (about a year for me), then you have to charge it more frequently.  Do be careful when replacing the batteries that you put them in the correct direction or you could fry the system.  It also runs on regular batteries.
on May 3, 2014 7:09am
Romeo Music - - has complete 'bundles' just for this; give them a call.  They are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, but ship world wide.  (If you call, tell them I said 'Hi!')
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