Lifelong Singing: Choral Singing and Children Lifelong singing is achieved through the early development of good vocal habits. Children benefit from choral singing as a means of establishing many skills such as posture, breathing, musicianship, and teamwork. These skills enhance the singing voice and prevent injury. Posture and breath are the basic issues of singing ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Lifelong Singing: Choral Singing and Children
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  • Brenda Smith
    School of Music, University of Florida, Gainesville
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Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2002
Lifelong Singing: Choral Singing and Children
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 31. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.31
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 31. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.31
Lifelong singing is achieved through the early development of good vocal habits. Children benefit from choral singing as a means of establishing many skills such as posture, breathing, musicianship, and teamwork. These skills enhance the singing voice and prevent injury.
Posture and breath are the basic issues of singing technique. Choral conductors present good visual models for young singers, striding with an erect posture into the rehearsal. Conductors monitor the behavior of their choir members, insuring a “singer’s posture” for each participant. A singer’s posture involves centering the body weight on the metatarsals, with shoulders and ribcage expanded. Knees are loosened to avoid tension. The head of a singer must be balanced comfortably on the spinal cord. At the first gathering of any choir, attention is given to posture. Breath exercises generally follow, contracting and relaxing the abdominal muscles by giggling, panting or sighing. Learning to breathe deeply is an important lesson for a healthy singing life.
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