Too much air in singers' voices
Date: August 21, 2014
I started working at a school where the previous teacher was here for 17 years. Maybe because of the schedule changes, or maybe because of "fear of the new", my high school choir now consists of 3 girls. Which is fine, I told them we'd find stuff to sing and it'd almost be private voice lessons. But starting to work on the songs, one of them has a VERY small voice, and the other two have a lot of air in their voices, and they sing like pop singers do. I know with proper vocal technique that "hitting the right note" will get better, but right now I need suggestions of exercises and vocal warm ups that can help the two girls get rid of the air in the voice (not thinking of it as a possibility of nodes), and how I can get more sound of the third girl. Help please? Thank you!!
Also, any suggestions on songs for 2 or 3 female voices? I keep looking online but there are very few options (especially for christian songs - it's a christian school), and the girls are not thaaaat comfortable of singing in 3 voices yet, especially if it's more than thirds or fourths apart. I found 2 songs here that we've been working on, but they're almost done with them...