WHAT WE LEARN
Teaching children to sing takes patience and know-how. The health of the
child's voice and the well-being of the child are important considerations.
Children's voices continue developing well into their late teens and early 20s.
The voice should be allowed to develop naturally.
CCBR is intentional in seeding good vocal habits for fruitful vocal growth.
Bad habits can irreparably harm the voice.
Breath support allows children control volume, tone, duration, and to sing with a full round vocal sound. During rehearsals at CCBR, children will learn how to breathe into their diaphragms, using the 'yawn,' rather than breathing into their chest, via breathing exercises. The 'yawn' also opens the throat.
Good body posture plays a role in breath support, allowing the lungs to fill more deeply. The ideal position is standing straight and tall with feet slightly apart [if seated, back straight, legs flat on the floor or crossed at the ankles], shoulders down and relaxed. Head and neck posture is also a factor. The jaw should be tension-free and the tongue should be laying down inside the mouth in a relaxed position. These are practiced at CCBR rehearsals.
Singing in tune - on pitch, on key - will allow the child to produce a resonant sound. Practicing with a piano, or practicing by listening and echoing a strong voice will aid the child in 'hearing' their own voice and how it matches the tones played on the piano or sung to them. Both piano and a strong voice to echo are practiced at CCBR rehearsals. Daily exercises of echoing pitches and intentionally singing tones lower or higher than the pitch given will help improve intonation are encouraged.
Correct pronunciation assists in creating a stronger tone. Not being able to enunciate each word in a song, a child's ability to project to the audience is weakened. Clearly articulated syllables assists the voice in traveling a longer distance and also makes it intelligible.
GOALS & BENEFITS
WHAT WE LEARN