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I'm looking for new and different ways to teach students (middle school and high school) how to find their soft palette area and create more space there. Specifically, I have a high school student that has never quite caught on with many different techniques, both metaphorical and scientific. ... See MoreSee Less

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Nicolle OmisteOvertone singing causes one to become very aware of how to manipulate the soft palate.

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Tom KlonglerI find having them learn to be aware of laryngeal position tends to make soft palate lift occur. Place a finger on the "Adams apple" and yawn to make it lower/swallow to feel it rise

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Elaine PhilhowerLollipop

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Penelope CruzThe most effective method I've learned from and subsequently do is for the student to stand in front of a mirror and shine a flashlight into the back of the mouth and raise and lift the palate. You might have to demonstrate while they're peering into your mouth with the flashlight first.

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Chris BarlettaWalnut

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MaryAnn McKavitt EastYawn

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Diana Kalliope GrinaYawn! Or try to sound like Patrick on Spongebob. They have fun with that.

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Roger Ames"Hungah" with no hard "g" gets them to notice what's going on around the soft pallet - create warmups with it. Works well. Emphasize the ng feeling, stay there for awhile in certain exercises.

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Shane InmanFeeling the "cool spot" in the back of their throat when they take a quick breath on Ah! It worked well with my kids!

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Roger AmesLike mint gum. Very good, as well.

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Heather HamiltonThe technique that worked best for me was looking into a mirror with a flashlight and yawning! Then my teacher asked me to work on lifting my soft palette without yawning.

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Lucy SwansonJames Wolter: you're a pro, and should answer this!

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Eric GrahamBreathe warm air on your hand like you are fogging a mirror.

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Eric GrahamSpeak with your "announcer voice"

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Eric GrahamAsk them to snort and pay attention to where the snort feels like it is occurring.

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Lorie Moore DilanchianHot Pizza, don't burn the roof of your mouth

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Merryl NelsonHershey's Kiss on your tongue - don't let it touch the roof of your mouth. Also imagine the large end of a pear in your throat - don't 'squish' the pear!

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Jennifer Benton ScogginLightbulb--if the traditional shape is still known. :)

14 hours ago
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William Zinn1. Cool air sip. 2. Hot mashed potatoes 3. Yawn 4. Reversed funnel in the mouth

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DeeAnn GrayI have them literally touch the soft place in the roof of the mouth, and then take a cool breath in while yawning. We also use a cupped hand beside the mouth to represent lifting. These things are the most effective for my choirs!

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Justin StarrFollowing this wonderful discussion. 👍🏻

4 hours ago
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Leah PeerPretend to sip through a straw. Raises the soft palate AND lowers the larinx

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Lynn Duke UrdaBuy fake pears at Marshalls or Home Goods. I have been teaching the pear in the back of the throat for years! I keep a few pears (large and small fakes!) in a basket on the music table! Also, have them put their index fingers on the joint right in front of the ears (the one that pops if you have TMJ!). Say "ahhhh". Feel the space open up. That space is open when you sing open vowels. I haven't used the word "palette" in children's or youth choirs....well, ever. These examples make sense to children youth and adults, however! My adults love the pear analogy!

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Jared K. RegisterAltoid with cool air sip, imagery like saying "singer's space", singing "the tone is in the well, the tone is in the nose, and then balancing light and dark with the tone is in the bell. All of this sung to the tune of the farmer in the dell

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