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- August 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm #520473Philip Charles ByrdParticipant
Most of the students coming into my choir have no experience with ensemble singing and thus do not know what part they should sing. How do you suggest that I best place them when time is of the essence? I don’t feel that I can take the time to check every student’s range. Does anyone know of a safe way to place students in a more mass format rather than individual vocal checks?August 22, 2016 at 9:12 pm #520560Michael A. GrayParticipant
Dr. John Cooksey used to do something like this…
•Start with breathing and singing nice and loud.
•Then teach everyone “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” in E flat unison.
Instruct the students to sit when they can no longer sing the upper notes, move the piece up half-steps to E, then F, then G flat, then G. Move around between the singers and tap them “out” when you hear someone struggling.
•Return to E flat with everyone and do the same going down in pitch all the way to B flat.
•Separate the low groups from the high. Test the kids that had sat down a lot to assign them.
•Have each group sing; low=A, high=G while still moving between them until you have a solid sound with each.
•Go back to E flat for everyone.
•Within a few days, test everyone because you don’t want someone singing out of their range very long.
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
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