What are the basic requirements needed for children to learn to sing? The physical ability to sing depends on the degree of normal and healthy development of the vocal mechanism (larynx, vocal folds, breathing apparatus), and on one’s neuro-biological ability to process music pitch.
Anyone who has heard a child improvise melodies from the crib knows it is a precious sound. Little ones can babble repetitive songs with pitch accuracy as early as the age of ten months. It’s likely these children have been sung to and/or have heard singing frequently during the pre-birth and early infant years.
The voice of the very young child (from birth to 5 years) is not like the voice of an older child or an adult. Know the differences in an adult’s and a child’s vocal apparatus.
The effective and fun projects for the choral classroom show your students how to build a larynx, and lung to better understand the mechanics for singing. It also aids students in their understanding of concise terminology to describe in detail how their voice is working for them.
See these sister youth choruses in China and the USA sing for each other in a live Skype choral exchange.
This article is submitted by Dr. William O. Baker, Special Contributor to DevelopingVoices.blog. The five steps to making every rehearsal count is designed to help create the mindset that each rehearsal is a special occasion, one that can be likened to a greatly anticipated dinner party. I don’t think this concept is a stretch at […]
Educators can be at unusual risk for developing vocal fatigue and hoarseness. Demands of heavy voice use throughout the week is tremendous with little time for the voice to rest and recover. WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT? please refer to […]
How does one obtain vowel unification in an ensemble? How do your singers know what you want? During a performance how do you communicate to the singers that the [a] needs to sound more like the [a] in the word “father”. Using gestures is helpful to any singer and may even be necessary for those […]
Article written by Jamea Sale, Contributing Author of DevelopingVoices.blog Two videos attached for your reading enhancement ~ My favorite part of being a voice teacher is working with “Changing Voice Girls.” An email arrived this morning from Becca (8th grade) who has an audition for a select 9-12 girls touring chorus. She’s been making bi-weekly […]
What kind of warm-up do you do before your personal rehearsal time or general choral rehearsal warm-up? Of course, warm-ups may vary depending on the time of day you begin singing, your gender and age and what kind of singing you are about to do. What are your default “must-do” warm-ups? Here’s what our top […]
How many times have we heard “Stand in Singer’s Posture” or “Pull Your Sternum Toward the Ceiling”? And so, tall I stood. Staying in perfect posture took hold when I was but fourteen years old and effected me until just a few years ago. When I was an impressionable fourteen years old someone gave me […]