Training the Ear to Diagnose Vocal Problems
The Choral Conductor's
A companion to The Choral Warm-Up
James Jordan, Conductor
Marilyn Shenenberger, Accompanist
Including Two Aural Study CDs
With The Williamson Voices of Westminster Choir College of Rider University and The Pennsbury High School Chamber Choir.
Move beyond the notes and rhythms to a new level of aural awareness for your choir!
Great voice teachers have the ability to diagnose vocal problems by developing their own listening skills, allowing them to focus on vocal technique problems in their singers. These skills are invaluable to studio teachers. Shouldn’t the same skills be important to choral conductors?
There can be serious dangers posed to the choral ensemble sound when the conductor is unable to listen on several levels simultaneously. While inaccurate pitch and inaccurate rhythms are important to detect, problems involved with vocal production are more difficult to hear within a choral ensemble.
In The Choral Conductor’s Aural Tutor, James Jordan leads directors on a quest for aural mastery of vocal technique "error" detection through a program of guided listening using recorded examples from both a high school and a college choir. The included pretests and posttests encourage forward progress by testing the conductor’s ability to hear and label problems, including too little head tone, off-the-breath singing, jowly placement, sluggish vowel movement, and more. The Core Vocal Exercises on the two CDs demonstrate good ensemble sound by showing both correct and incorrect examples—we learn what a desirable sound is by hearing what it is not.
This book and two-CD resource, rooted in the principles of The Choral Warm-Up, is an essential resource for conductors of all experience levels, regardless of what age group they teach.
With time, attentive listening, and practice, you can take your conducting to the next level!
James Jordan is recognized and praised from many quarters of the musical world as one of the nation’s preeminent conductors, writers, and innovators in choral music. He teaches and conducts at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he directs The Westminster Williamson Voices, one of the school’s highly select touring and performing choirs.
Additional resources in the Evoking Sound:The Choral Warm-Up series:
Method, Procedures, Planning, and Core Vocal Exercises (G-6397), Accompanist Supplement (G-6397A), and Teaching and Rehearsal Cards (G-6397I).