Before each vocal workshop it is vital our students are vocally prepared for the session. They will be taken through a range of exercises, working on breathing, breath control, timing, intonation and strengthening the diaphragm. Below are a few exercises that your child could continue doing at home.
- Breathe in through your nose for 3 seconds and out through the mouth for as long as the breath allows you.
- Breathe in for 3 counts, hold the breath for 3 counts and hum out for as long as the breath allows you to.
- Breathe in for 3 counts, hold the breath for 3 counts and hum out for 3 counts and then drop the jaw to create an Ahhhh sound.
Using a ‘sh sh sh sh’ panting sound, repeat the sound as 4 counts of 8. Try to project from your belly button. Repeat over.
Either independently or with a keyboard, go up in scale to support developing your vocal range.
Choose a song you are currently working on in class. Working on the chorus alone, hum it through while pretending to chew gum. Try to imagine you are projecting from your stomach. Once you have hummed it through twice, try it a 3rd time singing it normally. You will discover you are able to put more emphasis into the song afterwards.