- October 2, 2017 at 6:19 pm #543237
Not even sure where to start… my Jr. High and Freshman choirs are not at all capable of staying on pitch or returning to do, unless of course the piano plays with them. We are in a weird position because my 8th and 9th grade singers are exceptionally, uncharacteristically weak (two back to back difficult pregnancies left them with a lot of substitutes and sub-par teaching when I was present). The freshman were so psyched to do four part and a bit of a cappella pop, which turns out to be totally out of the question. So I guess I have a two part question:
1) I am in desperate need of some good tonal center exercises- any ideas? Oddly enough, my freshmen can accurately chant/sightread solfege with hand signs in up to three parts, but cannot consistently stay on pitch (or return to do) singing even one part in unison. I’m willing to try anything!
2) How do I go back to basics without destroying morale, not to mention keeping the pace appropriate for their age level?
I’m wasting so much rehearsal time spinning my wheels on how to bridge the gap and get them on track again. My upper class choir easily sightsings three and four part solfege in tune (a cappella), so there is a huge disconnect between grades 9 and 10. Any ideas at all would be so so appreciatedOctober 3, 2017 at 10:31 am #543274
You are not alone! That is why I am developing a web app that gives real time audio/video biofeedback of a live performance.
Take a look at http://www.musapp.club (still in development) then send me a message with your contact info and we can start a conversation. With MusAPPtm your students will quickly retrain their vocal muscle memory (vocal skills) and be able to sing on pitch, in tune, and in rhythm.
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