Your body during the singing process

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YOUR BODY DURING THE
SINGING PROCESS
Your name(s):
Why should we know this?
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Singing is very personal. There is no instrument
between you and the sound. It is our responsibility
to know what is actually happening in our bodies
while we are going through the vocal process!
Google the term ‘body alignment’
Define this term in your own words
below.
Body Mapping is mentally picturing the
correct structure and body alignment
for your own body type. Body
mapping includes six points of balance
or alignment. Using this website,
describe the points of balance on the
following slide.
http://www.joannesmusicstudio.com/ap
ps/blog/show/23303762-knowingyour-body-
No. 2 Six Points of Balance
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A-O Joint –
Thorax in relation to lumber spine –
Hip Joints –
Knee Joints
Ankle Joints –
Arm Structure –
Using the same website, label the
points of alignment below.
Section B: The Vocal Process
The next slides are a brief outline that will describe
the five steps in the vocal process. This process is
exactly what your body does when you begin to sing.
It will start at the moment you begin thinking about
the first note to actually singing the lyrics.
Google and Define ‘Volition’
Using your own common knowledge of
a ‘mind to body connection’ and the
definition of ‘volition.’ Describe how
this would be important to the vocal
process.
Using this website, define ‘actuator’ in
the simplest sense.
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http://home.apu.edu/~bboocock/mus250/Syllabus
/Musical%20Instrument.htm
Respiration is the actuator in the vocal
process. The muscles and organs of
breathing coordinate to control the
inhalation and exhalation of air to fuel the
vocal tone. Using the word bank, label the
muscles and organs of breathing on the
diagram of the next slide.
Use this website http://cnx.org/contents/[email protected]:147
Word Bank:
Trachea Diaphragm
Ab Muscles Right Lung
Right bronchus
Left bronchus
Ribs
Left Lung
Using this website, define the choral
‘vibration’.
http://home.apu.edu/~bboocock/mus
250/Syllabus/Musical%20Instrument.h
tm
Phonation is the vibrator of the vocal
process. Phonation takes place in the
larynx (voice box), which coordinates the
airflow to vibrate the vocal folds. This
creates the fundamental tone. Using the
word bank, label the parts of the larynx on
the next slide.
Use this website to help:
http://cnx.org/contents/[email protected]:147
Word bank
Tongue
Epiglottis
Vocal Cords
Trachea
Define ‘resonator’ using this website
http://home.apu.edu/~bboocock/mus
250/Syllabus/Musical%20Instrument.h
tm
When playing an instrument, the horn
itself is the resonator. Using your own
common knowledge, what do you think
are the resonators in the vocal process?
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(Hint: There are three main resonators and one is
the throat…can you name the other two)
Articulation – This is the step where the tone
becomes a recognizable form of human verbal
communication (aka words). The articulators are
the organs of speech that coordinate to form the
lyrics you are singing. Using the word bank,
label the organs of speech on the diagram
below. You can use the website from before, but
you should be able to do most of these yourself!
Label on the next slide.
Word bank:
Soft Palate
Teeth
Jaw
Lips
Cheeks
Hard Palate
Tongue
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