The Junior Choir has been developing Practical Musical Knowledge about how choral sound is made.


What was the expected learning?

-To develop a high voice

-To sing with a round mouth for projection of sound.

-To use correct singing posture.

How did the learning occur?

-I sang ‘Like a letter box’ with a tight, barely open mouth. I then sang with an open, round mouth-‘Like a trout.’  I asked the choristers which kind of singing sounded best. They said that ‘a trout mouth’ sounded best.

I know, you have to be a trout. India

You can’t be a letter box. Jacob

The choir practised standing tall, with long necks and with feet apart.

-I sang with a loud, harsh, chest voice and then sang using a high voice. The choristers concluded that a high voice sounded better.

You sing high, not shouting. Reid

The choristers placed their hands on their foreheads when they sang, to find their own high voice.

What happened in the end?

The children observed each other and tried out high voice, singing posture and rounded mouth singing. They helped each other to stand correctly and to use a rounded mouth.

Insert whole choir singing here.

Feedback from the children: I questioned the children about what they were learning about in choir? Here are their responses.

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The Junior Choir mastered 3 essential choral skills by working diligently throughout the 30 minute choir practice. In addition, they developed important ensemble singing skills, by observing each other during singing and by coordinating voices in time with the piano accompaniment and each other. Mrs Griffin was able to reinforce the new singing skills by roving around the choristers and guiding them individually, while Mrs Drake played the piano accompaniments.

Keywords: Singing, high voice, music, ensemble skills, round mouth, singing posture.

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