6th Grade VOICE BUILDER
The greatest thing about the human voice is that each voice has a unique and different sound. Together as a class, we can work on getting each of our unique voices to sound their personal best so that we may improve and grow as singers and performers.
READ AND TAKE NOTES ON THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
POSTURE MAKES PERFECT
Use these steps to check your posture before you sing.
1. Feet slightly apart to balance your weight.
2. Knees relaxed
3. Back straight
4. Head straight
5. Shoulders down and relaxed (without slouching)
6. Hands and arms relaxed and at your sides.
MOVING YOUR MOUTH
Use these steps to make sure your jaw and mouth are used properly while singing
1. Jaw is dropped and relaxed
2. Tongue flat
3. Teeth apart
4. Your lips are rounded when singing an “o” sound or an “oo” sound
5. Enunciate and use crisp, clear and over pronounced consonants
6. Make sure the inside of your mouth is also open – similar to when you yawn.
USING YOUR FACE
Your facial expressions not only make your singing sound better, but they make the performance more interesting for the audience
1. Use your eyes and eye brows to help communicate the mood of the song
2. Smile with your eyes and cheeks
3. Let your face and mouth communicate the words of the song.
4. Try not to feel shy (even if you are feeling nervous)
5. Look confident
6. Practice your facial expressions in front of a mirror
LOOK AT THE PICTURES AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS
1. What are some positive things that you can notice about the technique of these young singers? In other words, what are they doing correctly?
2. Do you notice anything being done that needs to be corrected? If so, explain and be super duper specific in your explanation – who are you referring to? what do they need to change? why does that need to be changed?
WATCH THIS VIDEO AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS
3. Notice that although the singers are doing a great deal of movement, they still try to keep a straight back and relaxed shoulders, as often as possible. Describe some of the movements that they do, that still allows them to keep relatively good singing posture and balance. Describe some movements that are used only during rests in the singing or, do not allow for good singing posture.
4. Even though the picture is small, can you still see some of their mouths moving while they sing?
5. Do they appear expressive and confident? Explain your answer.
Have your answers ready to turn in at the next music class.