ERIC Number: EJ833724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 10
Choral Warm-Ups for Changing Adolescent Voices
Freer, Patirck K.
Music Educators Journal, v95 n3 p57-62 2009
During two decades of observing and leading middle school choral rehearsals, the author has observed that teachers frequently repeat exactly the warm-ups they present to their young adolescent choirs at every rehearsal. If teachers know one thing about middle school students, they know that they are constantly changing--physically, intellectually, and emotionally. The vocal warm-up processes used in choirs with changing adolescent voices must, in some ways, be different from the warm-up processes used in choirs of either early elementary children or older high school students. The author examines principles that need to underlie the development of warm-ups that meet the needs of changing voices, encourage reluctant singers, and build toward greater levels of choral success.
Descriptors: Singing, Early Adolescents, Music Education, Middle Schools, Music Activities, Drills (Practice), Developmental Stages, Child Development, Puberty, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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