A synthesis and evaluation of the literature suggests the potential for preservice music teachers’ identities to be both in music, and influenced by music, but shaped by a lifetime of experiences. The literature suggests preservice music teachers can envision new role identities in music teaching based around past experiences. Research suggesting identity development’s potential connection to personal philosophy will be used as a foundation for future research: an examination of preservice music teachers’ lives to uncover constructions of identity especially as they relate to and interact with their personal philosophies.
Resonance And Vibrato In Choir: Educational Approaches
Chris Hodges, Gaylord Community Schools
The purpose of this literature review is to examine ways in which choir directors can find common ground. On the issues of vibrato and resonance, choir directors can be at odds regarding approaches to instruction. A review of the literature suggests that the primary difference is in how to manage vibrato and resonance. Some directors encourage a homogenous tone, while others encourage the members of their ensemble to sing fully utilizing both vibrato and resonance. Furthermore, the literature also shows strategies that may be employed by the choral director to manage vibrato and resonance without singers sacrificing the individual characteristics of their voices. Through the use of these strategies, choral directors are able to develop an exemplary choral sound while encouraging students to learn about and utilize all aspects of their own voice.
News item: The NAfME is presenting a Research Symposium as part of this year’s biennial conference. Dates are March 28-31 in St. Louis. There will be many interesting sessions, and over 300 posters presented. My next column will report on this event. n
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