The Development of a child's voice in the process of singing in chorus


  • Code:
  • Number of credits: 5
  • Subject coordinator: Eduard ABDULLIN
  • Lecturers: Eduard ABDULLIN


  • Credit contract possible: Yes
  • Examination contract possible:Yes
  • Teaching language: English, Russian



Course Activity:


        Practical Classes

        Video presentations




Course unit type

        Bachelor Program, specialization in Musical Art


Con Content     info


-         participation in the investigations of the problem of development of a child's voice in the process of teaching to sing;

-         knowledge of the basic research methods in the filed of the development of a child's voice;

-         observation of singing development of students;

-         planning of teaching on the basis of modern educational methods;

-         conducting individual work with students and correction of their sound articulation;

-         conducting of realization of cultural programs (to prepare the chorus for concerts);

Thus, this discipline aims at professional work with the children's chorus at the development of voice parameters.



Objectives info

A. General competences

PB - 01. Intellectual and cognitive capacities

PB - 02. Acquisition and processing of information


         PB 01. Know regularities of human's acoustics and physiological basis of articulation; acoustic characteristics of human voice and its biophysical parameters; the meaning of the main methods of teaching to sing from the point of physiology of sound production and its acoustic result; different methodological systems of tuning of the voice of a singer, existing in modern vocal practice; examples of particularity of a child's voice and its sounding in time with the growth of the child; methodological advice in the vocal work with children groups.

         PB 02. Know the system of organs of articulation; peculiarities of voice development in different periods; regularities of acoustic perception of singers' voices; bio-mechanisms of sound production in various voice registers; structural components of the spectrum of voices of children and grown-ups; various methodological approaches to teaching of children in the Present and in the Past.


B. Profession-oriented/ General scientific competences


Be able to

-         tune the singers' voices;

-         find and correct the drawbacks in bio-mechanism of sound production and find methodological ways of their elimination;

-         plan and develop the system of exercises, coinciding with the methodological aims of the lesson, level of the knowledge of a child and his/her peculiarities;

-         evaluate the difficulties of studying process for this very level of students;

-         differentiate the tones of voices;

-         eliminate disruption of coordination between voice and audition of children, who can't intonate the tunes;

-         note signs of tiredness of singers and to master methods of relaxation in the process of the lesson;


C. Profession-specific competences

Acquire skills in

-         forming correctly the sounds in various voice registers;

-         intonating correctly the tunes from the point of the sound pitch;

-         singing to his/her own accompaniment;

-         perceiving quality characteristics of a singer's voice;

-         creating emotionally comfortable atmosphere at the lessons;

-         assorting interesting material for each group of students.


D. Scientific competences


Creation of methodological recommendations for the tuning of the children voices.



Prerequisites info


A. Previously required courses

Philosophy of Music (fundamentals), Russian Language Level Advanced, Fundamentals of singing in chorus.


B. Required competences


Passion for music, analytical abilities, academic writing, text analysis, knowledge of Russian phonetics and lexical rules at least on the level of reading and conversation.

Educational tools info


A. Type


        Practical Classes

        Video presentations



B. Obligatory educational tools

1.       . . . - .,2002.

2.      Morozov V.P. The art of singing. M., 2002.

3.        . -.,2002

4.      Bernard Weikl. About singing and other skills. M. 2002.

5.      Homo cantor. . -.,2003.

6.      Nodar Andguladze. Homo cantor. Essays about vocal singing. M. 2003..


C. Recommended educational tools


1.        . . . .,2004.

2.       Pluzhnikov K.I. Mechanics of singing. St.-P. 2004.

3.        . . . .,2005.

4.       Barash A.B. The Poem about human voice. M. 2005.

5.        . . . .,2005.

6.       Pustinnikova G.N. Restoration of speech and vocal abilities. M. 2005.

7.        . . . --, 2007.

8.       Gontarenko N.B. Solo singing. Rostov-on-Don. 2007.

9.       . . . - .,2006.

10.   Bagrunov V.P. The Alphabet of singing skills. St.-P. 2006.

11.   6. . . , , . .,2006.

12.   Sikur P.I. Fundamentals of vocal techniques and performance for singers, directors, professionals and amateurs. M. 2006.

13.    . . . .,2006.

14.   Pluzhnikov K.I. Perceptions of singing in Garcias family. St.-P. 2006.

15.   . . . .,2006.

16.   Ivanov A.P. The art of singing. M. 2006.

17.    . . . .,2007.

18.   Kalabin A.A. The management of voice. M. 2007.

19.   . . . .,2002.

20.   Ushmanov V.I. Vocal technique and its paradoxes. St.-P. 2002.

21.   . . - . .,2005.

22.   Stulova G.P. Acoustic and Physiological basics of vocal singing with children chorus. M. 2005.

23.    . . . .,2002.

24.   Stulova G.P. Theory and Practice of work with childrens chorus. M. 2002.

25.   . . . .,2008.


Teaching methods info


A. Types

Each module has a specific resource text for curriculum foundation and reference for student reports. Texts, references, articles, worksheets, interactive workshops are all either included in the course material or referred to.

The texts and supplemental instructional materials are described by each module writer and fit the structure and purpose of each curriculum module.

Instructional materials include:

Books and articles;

DVD (education films).

Software (Microsoft Office 2007)


Web sites:



B. Description

This course is taught in English and Russian

Plenary lectures: 36h = 2h per week during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Practical Classes (obliged): 18h = 2h per two weeks during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Lab Classes: (obliged): 18h = 2h per 2 weeks during 18 weeks during the first semester.



Assessment info


A. Types

permanent (written tests during semester)

oral examination


B. Description

Total number of credits: 5 credits

Period of examination

OR: 3 credits - 1 oral exam

OR labs: 1 credit - permanent and several computing tests

OR practical classes: 1 credit - permanent and several written tests

Different approach: 1 oral exam, the mark you get for the exam gives you the corresponding number of credits: 5 credits for A, 4 credits for B and 3 credits for C.


Examination contract:

1 written assessment for the OR. The mark obtained in this examination is the result of the OR and the OR labs.


Higher distance education:

1 written assessment for the OR. The number of credits obtained in this examination is the result of the OR written examination.


Teaching support info

Extra course OR: 2h per week during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Higher distance education: for this course, an extra syllabus is available, containing guidelines how to study the material in an optimal way.