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Saturday, November 18, 2006

IPA in the Choral Rehearsal

Every choir director at one time or another has a problem with getting the choir to produce a uniform sound. This article looks into using the International Phonetic Alphabet in choral rehearsals. IPA is useful in the fact that it is universal and can teach students the proper sounds for not just English, but other languages as well. The author introduces IPA symbols and sounds during rehearsal time via warmups and transparencies on a projector. Using IPA not only reinforces pure vowel sounds, but diphthongs and rhythmic precision of consonants as well. This creates a more unified sound in color, blend, pitch, and breath management. This study is an example of how IPA can drastically improve a choir's singing.

"IPA in the Choral Rehearsal" from Teaching Music October 2006 issue.


At 11/18/2006 1:54 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

You did a good job of making the reader want to read the article to find out just what the IPA symbols are.

At 11/19/2006 2:16 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

It was well written and you certainly make the reader interested in finding out more about it, but the abstract at the end was a little anti-climatic.

At 11/19/2006 4:04 PM, Blogger Emily Rose said...

I found your summary to be really interesting. In fact, I knid of want to read that article because of all the IPA we have learned this year.

At 11/19/2006 5:54 PM, Blogger Vera Lynn Waters said...

well this IPA stuff s0unds pretty c00l. i pers0nally have never heard 0f it. and theref0re, s0me 0f the things y0u said made ab0s0lutely n0 sense t0 me whats0ever. but s0meh0w, i'm still interested t0 kn0w m0re. well d0ne.

At 11/19/2006 7:01 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Be careful to stay objective throughout the abstract; ex: instead of "IPA is useful..." try "The author demonstrates the usefulness of IPA...". That was the only sentence that was subjective, though. Nice job.

At 11/19/2006 7:21 PM, Blogger Nat said...

This is really frustrating. I wrote you a comment already and it erased it, or didnt put it up cuz i had the wrong code. Grr, but anyway...I felt you could have added more in the ending.

At 11/19/2006 7:25 PM, Blogger Kitt_Katt said...

Don't assume that every choir director has had this experience.

At 11/19/2006 9:16 PM, Blogger Renee said...

i think you did a good job of telling the reader briefly what the article is about


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