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Good Diction: Start With Your Youngest Singers

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 7:17:40 AM by Karol Kinard Kimmell in children's choirs, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in consonants, in diction, in vowels

Children have an incredible capacity to mimic sounds, so there is no reason why shaping good vowel sounds and giving detail to some consonants should wait until children are in upper elementary school. I have become a firm believer that we should model our best diction and be intentional about teaching and reinforcing good diction with our youngest choristers. I introduce diction awareness to my PreKindergarten singers the first day of rehearsals in August. We make choir fun, but infuse good diction training throughout everything we sing: warm-ups, singing and counting games, hymns, anthems.

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