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ERIC Number: EJ845249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
The Use of Gesture Techniques in Children's Singing
Liao, Mei-Ying; Davidson, Jane W.
International Journal of Music Education, v25 n1 p82-94 2007
The purpose of this study was to begin to explore the link of gesture and voice when teaching children and to examine how the children used these gestures in singing. Semi-structured interviewing techniques and observation were used extensively to collect information from the respondents. Five children were asked to participate in this preliminary work individually. The results demonstrated that there was a link between children's singing voice and their use of gesture by observing the Dalcrozian mirror and follow games. The functions of gestures could be defined as being for focus, guidance, support, good intonation and sensation. In addition, some specific teaching techniques were required for achieving a more effective gesture and a more successful sound. Gesture techniques helped the children to improve their vocal techniques and correct their vocal faults. This study opened the field for the full study of gesture in aiding children's singing. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom