Exploring Singing and the Voice

Cooke, Carolyn and Philpott, Chris (2023). Exploring Singing and the Voice. In: Cooke, Carolyn and Philpott, Chris eds. A Practical Guide to Teaching Music in the Secondary School. Routledge Teaching Guides, 2nd Ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 52–64.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003092568-6


This chapter focuses on what is the most natural, and in all senses the most “free” of resources at the heart of musical learning. Starting from how the use of the voice has been traditionally framed in various curricula, the emphasis here is on understanding the pedagogical potential for using a breadth of vocal activities, from vocalisation to singing. While some teachers view the use of the voice in the classroom with some trepidation, it is clear from the wider culture that is has the power to address individual learning needs at all levels.

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