Music Teaching Guide:
Posture and Relaxation
I TARGET GRADE LEVEL: Grade 3
II MODULES 1: Foundations of Basic Vocal Performance
III TIME ALLOTMENT: 15 minutes per session (12 sessions)
IV PERFORMANCE STANDARD
Stands correctly with proper singing stance/posture
Makes the body relaxed
Shows proper breathing regulation
incorporates proper singing stance to properly perform breathing regulation and abdominal support
demonstrates a relaxed body to lessen the tension through body-stretching and simple body exercises
VI PRIOR SKILLS & ASSESSMENT
Interview the student regarding prior vocal lessons, if had one. Ask the student if engages in any physical exercises. Ask the student about his/her health condition; if ever he/she has scoliosis, asthma, etc so as to refrain the student from engaging in one of the lesson’s objective which is simple body stretching. Evaluate and identify the student’s vocal range.
Proper Singing Posture:
The chin should be about parallel to the floor.
Shoulders should be held back and down, with chest held high, but not in a strained position. 3.
Abdomen should be flat and firm, held in an expandable position. 4.
Hands should be relaxed and still at the sides.
Knees should be flexibly loose, and never locked.
Feet should be slightly apart, one slightly in front of the other. The weight of the body is slightly forward.
Simple body stretching or exercises in singing: walking, jogging, brisk walking, sitting while reaching your toes, and squatting
Breathing regulation or control along with abdominal/diaphragm support
VIII.ACTIVITIES & STEPS/ PROCEDURE
Introduce to the student the proper singing posture. It is important to give your self as an example. Here are some activities:
Make your student stand up against a wall, placing heels, calves, buttocks, shoulders, and head touch the wall. 2.
References: LINKS IN WEBSITE
PhD., Daugherty, James F. Correct Singing Posture. University of Kansas. Web. 14 October 2012.
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Browning-Henderson, L. (1979). How to train singers
Bunch, M. (1995). Dynamics of the singing voice. Springer-Verlag: New York.
Stanton, R. (1983). Steps to singing for voice classes. Wadsworth: Belmont, CA.
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