Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
“Mix it up Monday” is a new series on the blog. Each Monday I will post an exercise for you to try out in the studio or in your own practice. It is easy for teachers, and singers, to fall into a routine and use the same exercises over and over again. My hope is these posts will give you new ideas each week to keep things exciting for you and your students. If you have an idea you would like to share, please comment below. If you want to receive a message each time a new post is added, be sure to “follow” the blog. Thanks for reading! ~Matt
Dr. Ingo Titze is the Executive Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech, President of the Pan-American Vocology Association, and the creator of “straw phonation.” Dr. Titze is especially interested in singers and has made countless contributions to our understanding of the vocal mechanism. Today I want to feature his advice for how to warm-up.
Dr. Titze published an article in the Journal of Singing detailing what he believes are five essential exercises for warming-up the voice.
I’ve found this warm-up routine to be extremely effective in my studio and my students can easily understand what they need to do and why these exercises work. For more information, check out the original article in the Journal of Singing, January/February 2001, volume 57, number 3, pages 51-52 or check out a reduced version here on the National Center for Voice and Speech website. Also be sure to check out Dr. Titze’s numerous books for sale on the NCVS website.
Try these out this week with your students and comment below to let me know what you think or if you have other ideas that align with Dr. Titze’s suggestions.
Have a great week!