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ERIC Number: EJ782030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
Training Students to Hear the Parts around Them
DeGroot, Joanna
Teaching Music, v15 n3 p52 Dec 2007
A common challenge for choral teachers is teaching students to listen. Too often, students focus on their own singing and do not hear the other parts around them, thus creating a less unified, even disharmonious sound. Robert Russell, director of choral studies at the University of Southern Maine, has observed that confident singers often sing louder than the rest. He says that students should be taught to sing softly enough to hear the other parts. He also suggests rehearsing different parts separately in alternating groups, such as soprano with bass and soprano with tenor. Russell emphasizes that students be taught to read music first. This skill helps them tremendously to establish confidence in their own voices and in hearing the other parts. Patrick Freer, the head of music education at Georgia State University, agrees that the ability to read music is a plus in learning to listen, but he adds that the two skills should not be taught concurrently. Freer says students must learn to respond to the sounds around them and adjust their own singing. Freer offers four listening exercises that are effective at every level of learning: (1) Opposing Teams; (2) Singing Circles; (3) Music Minus Me; and (4) Think-Pair-Share.
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Language: English
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