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7 Ways to Love Your Choir, with Ryan Guth

September 23, 2016 -

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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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