Practicing vowels

The main principle in practicing should be maintaining a relaxed and natural tone formation. It is important to realise that children are just learning to work with their voices correctly, and new discoveries are made through trial and error. An appropriate comparison can be the throwing a ring onto a pole. You have to throw many times before you are able to estimate and calculate the energy that an accurate throw requires. Not even the first accurate throw means final success because you have to throw many more times before you internalise the image and the feeling corresponding to the energy used. Only then can you hit the target every time. In any case, we must grant children sufficient space and time to seek ideal, unconstricted voice paths and allow for the many unsuccessful attempts that will accompany this search. This means that during this search a relaxed throat and larynx are more important than the immediate resultant sound. Naturally, the children would be capable of helping their voice sound better temporarily with various forbidden aids, but this would come at a cost of forcing the naturalness of the voice function. This type of work always takes its revenge through a gradually increasing cramping during voice formation, which may even lead to vocal cord damage. Let us take it slowly, then watching systematically and carefully that the children form the tone without forcing it. As they gradually improve this unconstricted voice path, their singing will become more and more beautiful. (It is important to note that this rule applies to adult singing instruction, too).
In the following exercises, we will first focus on the correct setting and sustaining of the imaginary cupola when singing individual vowels.