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Anyone Can Learn to Sing Better

Updated on September 13, 2012

Pacific High School Choir - I Believe I Can Fly


It is that time of year. School starts next week and I will face students will mixed emotions about my class. Some are excited because they really love to sing … some not so much. Some will declare that they don’t want to sing and will refuse. By the end of the year, I am required to have all students sing.


Admit fear


The first thing I have students do is admit their fears. That way they see that they are not the only ones who are scared to death. I relate experiences about myself and how I overcame my fears.


Participation in warm ups is mandatory


We start off with warm ups. Many students are amused at the vocal warm-ups which include body stretches, breathing techniques, and vocalises. I explain similarities among dancing, playing instruments, playing sports, and singing. Warming up is crucial to relaxing the whole body and realizing the highness and lowness of the voice.


Listen critically


In order to duplicate sound, it is important first to hear the sound. Singing the right notes requires focus. Some students first appear to be tone death but eventually match pitch after developing the discipline of listening.


Sight Singing


This is the part that students like the least. Most students are only interested in what they hear from their favorite artists. Very little printed sheet music is available for the songs students listen to daily. Students who open themselves to identifying notes and following patterns of sound are usually the most successful at singing.


Diaphragmatic Breathing


Regardless of the genre of music, breath control is very important. Classical music requires singing complete phrases without a breath. Popular music often requires that certain words be held for an extended period of time.


Use of the relaxed body


The mouth should be open from the inside in a vertical position with a relaxed jaw. The soft palate should be curved up and the tip of the tongue should relax behind the bottom teeth. The throat should be relaxed and open. The diaphragm, a muscle, and coastal muscles, which create expansion in the back, make singing effortless if used properly. Proper body posture should make it easy to sit, stand, walk or lie down, and sing.


Confidence


Development of confidence comes from practicing correctly, often, and getting feedback. The cardinal rule is “no laughing at others or yourself.” Students give each other positive feedback which will help them mold their performances.


At the end of the semester, they sing for their proud parents and I am a hero!


PHS - One Sweet Day

Anyone Can Learn to Sing Better

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    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you Eric! I think there are YouTube videos that provide coaching. You are in Houston- big place. Consider joining a community choir. Thank you for reading and voting!

    • Eric Prado profile image

      Eric Prado 

      6 years ago from Webster, Texas

      Good hub. I have been trying to polish my singing myself. Not easy, but it's fun. Voted up and awesome. =)

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