Experimental Vocal Mechanism Lesson Plans for High School Singers

December 1, 2016 / By: Anthony Rangel

The Minnesota Standards for Arts Education require that students understand the health and safety issues related to performing and creating vocal music.  However, in-depth vocal technique has historically been taught in private studios by voice teachers rather than in public school choral settings.  While some choral directors do explain the vocal mechanism to their singers, there is no evidence that they have applied experiential learning techniques to assist with the learning process.  The purpose of this project is to extend experiential learning opportunities to the instruction of the vocal mechanism.  A literature review examines the intersection of experiential learning philosophy, critical sources of vocal pedagogy, and preferred vocal technique concepts to present to choirs.  The culminating product will be three units consisting of multiple lesson plans for high school choral students that provide an understanding of the vocal mechanism though exploration of breath, phonation, and resonance.  A rationale is presented to synthesize the implications of the literature review as a coherent lesson design and dictate the unit and lesson plan structure. At the conclusion of each unit, an explanation of the procedure and a fundamental overview of the selected vocal mechanism aspect is provided.