Everybody's matching pitch - except one
Date: March 13, 2014
I need some help - I have a choir of teenagers who are mostly first-time singers. We've been a choir for about 2-3 months. Everyone is matching pitch well, except for one student who is having real trouble. She has been coming after school and is making progress, and she's been able to diagnose the problems in her own words. I'm hoping some other educators can help me understand what she's saying and come up with appropriate techniques to help her progress further.
The first breakthrough was when she started imagining the sound coming from "my face" coming out of "her face." This usually gets her to harmonize on a major 3rd or perfect 4th. (We're going for unison, but this is a step in the right direction).
The breakthrough this week was when she said she "started using her throat" to sing - she was usually able to nail the unison note, or at least be within a second and then following my hand cues "scoop" to the unison note.
My techniques are:
So any thoughts on what this student is saying and how to build on it? How could someone *not* use their throat when singing?