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Exam 1 Study Guide

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Exam 1 Study Guide MUS 1470

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This study guide covers material from the first 4 weeks of class that will be on our first exam.
Class Voice I
Alex Perkins
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This 4 page Study Guide was uploaded by Ashley Prenatt on Monday September 12, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to MUS 1470 at Ohio University taught by Alex Perkins in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 13 views. For similar materials see Class Voice I in Music at Ohio University.


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Date Created: 09/12/16
Study Guide for Exam 1:    What are the 3 principles of singing?​:   Good balance, deep breathing, stay present at all times    2 ways you know if you’re breathing effectively:   Expansion in diaphragm (no tightness in chest)    2 physical warm­ups one can use before singing:  Jaw massaging, stretching    2 ways one can use your voice by playing and experimenting with sound that  isn’t singing:   Lip trills, sirens    When a muscle contracts it:   Shortens     2 things that are important for physical balance:   Good stance (foot tripod), shoulders not collapsing     For what style of singing is proper vocal technique necessary for?:   ALL    What is one way to make sure you don’t lose focus and awareness while  practicing singing:   Visualization, taking time to reflect on music, breathing exercises, ​vary your  warm­ups and rhythms, scales    Other than a practice room, where else can you practice?:   Anywhere appropriate    Freeing your body is not just for singing; it has a direct relationship to your:  a. Physical alignment  b. Energy  c. Health  d. All of the above  Answer: D    True or False: It is a good thing to take a mental vacation during a performance:  False    True or False: Your body is your instrument  True    True or False: Presence is the first step to the development of a listening body or  mind:   True    Define muscular antagonism:   Muscles working against each other/ contracting    True or False: You should always use as many muscles as possible for singing,  even if you don’t need them  False    True or False: Your technique is the framework for everything you want to do with  your voice  True    True or False: The way you treat your body does not matter and has no impact on  your singing  False    True or false: Muscles only contract to create an action  True    True or false: Correcting a voice without having the right foundation is like trying  to build a house on a bad foundation  True     True or false: Nervousness does not impact your breathing   True    What is another word for your voice box?:   Larynx    What is it called when muscular antagonism is used to stabilize a joint to help its  performance?:  Synergy     Describe deep breathing:   Physical process; breathing in, diaphragm stretches down, lungs. Thinking  breathing from the bottom up, not from the shoulders.  “Feeling expansion in the lower part of your body.”    Describe a siren:   Sliding up and down all ze pitches    Describe lip trills:   Keep lips together, blow air through and hum. Let vibrate continuously. Buzzing.     What is another name for your sternum:​ breast bone    What is the first principal of singing:​ good balance    What is the second principal of singing:  ​ deep breathing    Skeletal muscles:  ​ create movement of the body    Describe why it is important to take a deep breath, not necessarily a “big” breath:  Gives you better support, helps you not sing from your throat. Promotes healthy singing.  (short answer essay question).  “Just because you take a big breath doesn’t mean you’re getting expansion in lower part  of body; deep breath does this. Don’t want to overexpand, fill up so you can feel it’s  comfortable.”    Describe visualization and why it is important:   Imagining all aspects of your performance; walking onto stage, real­time performing  your whole piece, bowing, etc., important to help with your focus and with performance  anxiety.           Describe what it means to have a balanced, free and flexible body; what happens  to your posture from when you’re a child to now:   during a performance not being stiff, able to move around but still have good balanced  posture. From the time you’re a child to now, your posture becomes worse and you  slouch more    How do you know when someone is present and aware while they are singing?:  Their eyes stay focused and are looking in a general direction, not darting around.    Describe ways to improve alignment:​ Keep feet at shoulder width apart, keep hips  and pelvis aligned over feet, shoulders relaxed and good posture, don’t stick your neck  out.   


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