self discovery & expression

Our Voice is our Instrument!!! Assignment of July 18th

For ALL:
Each of us has a specific voice type or vocal range; some may be capable of hitting very high notes, while others are more comfortable singing low. Did you know that our voice is also considered a musical instrument?
  • Alto – Alto is a type of voice that is lower than a soprano but higher than a tenor. There are many people who sing using the alto voice. One of the popular alto male singers, also known as a counter-tenor, is James Bowman. Bowman sang some of the most memorable compositions of Benjamin Britten including the role of Oberon from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 
  • Baritone -The baritone voice is lower than the tenor but higher than the bass. It is the most common male voice type. In operas, baritones may play the role of either the main character or the supporting character. 
  • Bass – For female singers, the soprano is the highest voice type, while for men, the bass is the lowest. One of the famous bass singers of our time is Samuel Ramey who played the role of Archibaldo in the opera L’amore dei tre Re by Italo Montemezzi. 
  • Mezzo-Soprano – In Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” the mezzo-soprano voice is used to play the role of Carmen. This type of voice is lower or darker than a soprano but higher or lighter than an alto. 
  • Soprano – The soprano voice is the highest female voice type; the late Beverly Sills was one of the most famous coloratura sopranos of our time. 
  • Tenor – If the soprano is the highest female vocal range, the tenor, on the other hand, is the highest male vocal range. One of the famous tenors of our time was the late Lucianno Pavarotti.
Let’s welcome Mickey to our musical family!!!!  July 18th was her first experience to private voice lesson, so welcome!!!!
Assignment for individual students:
1. When was the earliest childhood musical memory?  Please share it with Ms. Agnes in the next class.  (Please think back as early as 2 or 3 years old)
2. Please purchase a digital recorder to record every class.
3. Please bring a bag for only music class including the digital recorder, pencil box with pencil, eraser, 4 different color pencils, blank flash cards, and a ruler.
4. Practice speaking from the head voice, to get more comfortable in singing from the head voice.
1. Make flash cards on the vocabulary we went over in class:
2. Purchase a digital recorder for your voice class.
(Unless you can bring Ms. Agnes home with you to practice daily… j/k.
3. Practice on the Technique called “Insight Smile” or “Lifting your cheeks” whenever you’re singing.
4. Go onto search “shy” from “Once Upon A Mattress” with Ms. Carol Burnett singing, she’s a legend.
5. Google and learn about Ms. Carol Burnett.  Please write one page of what you learned about her, and share it with Ms. Agnes next week in class.
6. Learn “Shy” on Page 148

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