Matt Edwards

Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Mix it up Monday: A fun interval exercise

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Today’s exercise is a pretty straight forward way to help improve your students’ ears. It is helpful for singers of all styles to understand intervals but it is even more important to learn how to sing them accurately. The first set takes the student up the scale, always beginning at the root and then jumping up to the interval.

Figure 5.12 cropped for blogThe second set takes the students down the scale.

Figure 5.13

I’ve found that my students enjoy the challenge of these exercises and the interval accuracy in their songs improves significantly. If the student does not understand the theoretical concept behind these intervals, don’t worry about it; just sing the exercises. After the student has mastered the exercises, sit down and show her how to identify the intervals on paper. At the end of the day, being able to sing the intervals is more important than being able to understand them theoretically.

Do you have other exercises similar to these? If you do, please share below. Also be sure to sign-up to follow this blog at the bottom right of this page and receive updates of new posts.

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This entry was posted on March 7, 2016 by in Misc. Thoughts.

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