In today’s episode, BAST founder Line Hilton returns to discuss the best vocal exercises for sick voices. Listen in to discover the differences between a sick voice and a well one. Line also explores the challenges of working with a student who is feeling below par or returning to singing following surgery.


  • Often we don’t hear or notice things in our own voices, so having a singing teacher who can point out issues such as breathiness and tension can be very useful.
  • Vocal injuries can be very obvious, or quite subtle and more noticeable to the singer than to the external listener. This is why it’s important to have good communication with your students to find out exactly what they’re feeling.
  • Line also discusses topics such as diet and hydration with students. It’s important to make sure that, where possible, the singer is as healthy and fit as possible and that issues such as reflux and allergies are addressed.
  • When working with someone who’s post-op, the first thing Line will do is check that they have been cleared to return to singing. She will then ask them about the rehabilitation work they’ve been doing, for example, if they’ve been working with a vocal rehab coach or an SLT.


‘It’s always good to have a second pair of ears as well’

‘Extrinsic muscles are quite deep, and so you don’t necessarily realise one of those deeper muscles is being hyper contracted and overworking’

‘I’ll just gradually start to increase the range and get more challenging’

‘I’m always just checking in and changing one thing’


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