Category Archives: Warmups

difficult intervals

R – A couple of weeks ago I was getting ready for school thinking about how singers, at the heart of it, only struggle with singing specific melodic intervals. In other words, harmonic considerations completely aside for a moment, there’s … Continue reading

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warmups: ear training

R – One of the underrated opportunities available to us as music teachers is to utilize warmups as much more than “warming up” (choral warmups). One of the biggies for me will always be training the ear. Two ideas… Constantly … Continue reading

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isolated disciplines

R – Robert Shaw used to have at the core of his philosophy that each of the choral disciplines must be mastered and they must be mastered independently in order for a choir to do the job of re-creating another … Continue reading

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warmups: reference points

R –¬†Once upon a time as an undergraduate, you were hyperventilating over your conducting technique and trying to remember which way the darn right hand should slide on beat 2 in a three pattern, right? Do you still, or did … Continue reading

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warmups

R –¬†School aged and adult choirs. I get it. The body and the voice have to warm up. But why then do bands warm up? I got the trumpet in my case, it takes 12 minutes for me to warm … Continue reading

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