Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best posture for singing? 

The best posture for singing is one of dynamic balance which allows for easy and free movement in any direction. This means a well-balanced whole body which won’t interfere with the structures and movements of singing and breathing. Unit One of the  Choral Mapping curriculum is a series of short lessons giving you all the tools you need to help you find this kind of balance.  

What is singing from the diaphragm?

Good question! The answer: It is nothing. It is important for singers to understand where their diaphragm is and how it functions, but we can not intentionally activate it to help us sing better. Instead, we must engage our lungs, our ribs and be aware of how the abdominal wall interacts with them as we sing. It would be better to ask, “What is singing from a balanced body with coordinated movements of all the related structures?” The answer is in the lessons of Unit Two. 

How can I improve my diction? 

Diction is movement, mainly involving the tongue and the structures that border the space known as the mouth. Begin by gaining an awareness of these movements along with an accurate and adequate body map of these areas. The Introductory Lesson gives a good foundation. Lessons 2-2 and 2-3 will address the specifics. 

How can I improve my choral singing? 

Besides improving your vocal skills, the most notable thing choristers can do to contribute to the choral sound is to learn to listen. This means not only listening to how your voice blends with those around you, but also how your part fits into the harmonies and structure of the piece as a whole. Not only will your part be more enjoyable to sing, but the intonation of the entire ensemble will improve. As you work through the Choral Mapping curriculum you will become comfortable and confident with your own singing, and will be well prepared to attend to these external elements.