Good Posture

Breath Support

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Correct Breathing Motion

Breath Control

4 Parts of Good Breath Management
Slumped shoulders, Clavicular Breathing
a series of pitches produced by the same adjustment of the vocal mechanism
What is a vocal register?
Upper, Middle and Lower
The Three Human Vocal Registers
Singing with an “Open Throat”
1. relaxed jaw and slightly flared lips2. forward relaxed tongue3. larynx that stays at rest4. arched soft palate5. relaxed pharyngeal muscles[image]
“ee” becomes “uh”

“eh” becomes “ah”

try to maintain as much of the pure vowel as possible

Vowel Modification due to high pitch frequency.
All except “s” and “sh” should be:
Exaggerated Consonants
All except “m” and “n” should be:
Articulated Quickly
“m” and “n” should be:
Sung on pitch.
Consonants should begin:
Ahead of the beat.
Facial posture, expression, body posture, dynamics and tempo are all ways to utilize and display:
Alternating fast paced activities and slow paced activities every 5 minutes or so, beginning and ending as a group with familiar material:
The Most Effective Rehearsal Format
4 Steps to Good Rehearsal Planning
1. Score Analysis of Parts and Range * 2. Begin and End Together * 3. Visible Schedule * 4. Plan for Musical Moment[image]
Reasons to Place Singers:
1. Balance/Blend2. Intonation (tune to the room)3. Tone Quality/Timbre[image]
Voices are Evenly Matched:
Voice 2 has more singers:
Place weak voices on the outside of this format:
3 parts are all equal:
4 part Traditional, assumes balanced voices; sop/bass balance intonation and alto/tenor fill inner voices
4 part, fewer men
4 part, least men
4 part, few tenors
not good for polyphony, but usually helps build independence
8 steps to introduce a new work:
Psychological issues *

Physiological issues *

Key of composition

Three Factors that can cause poor intonation
Calling attention to “singing on the inside” can:
Help intonation issues caused by Psychological factors.
Allowing students to rest and not become overly fatigued can:
Help intonation issues caused by Physiological factors.
Transposing a work up or down a half-step can:
Help intonation issues caused by a difficult Key.
Things an accompanist should learn from you include:
6 Steps to Sight Reading:
In teaching a round, it is important to:
1. Split the group in half * 2. Make sure the other group has a “leader” * 3. Sing the round in unison, then sing it out of order – reinforce 1st and 2nd notes * 4. Put it back together in order * *5. Add accompaniment[image]
1. feet flat on the floor
2. knees relaxed
3. vertical spine
4. shoulders back
5. elevated sternum
6. head high (open throat)
7. hands and arms at side
Good Singing Posture
10 Problems to watch for: