Choral Speaking

What we are learning todaytodayBy the end of this lesson you will be able to explain what choral speaking is and apply it within a performance context.

Choral SpeakingSpeakingWhat is it? Choral speaking is a performance technique which enables groups to present oral presentations of poems and other texts. .

Types of Choral SpeakingSpeakingRefrain Solo lines Unison Antiphonal Line around Cumulative .

One person reads the narrative portion of the text while the rest of the class joins in the refrain.REFRAIN is one of the most common forms of choral speaking. .

SOLO LINES is a type of choral reading where individuals read specific lines in appropriate places throughout the group activity. .

ExampleExample. Soon you'll sleep without a sound Refr: Dance. and brown Refr: Dance. dance! . leaves. gold. Make a carpet for the ground. leaves.Refrain and solo lines: Dance of the Leaves Solo: The autumn leaves are dancing down Refr: Dance. dance! Solo: Leaves of crimson. leaves. dance! Solo: Let the wind whirl you around.

.UNISON calls for the whole group to read the material together. Additional sound effects might be incorporated.

Making all bright Good night! Good Night! .Unison: Good night Good night! Good night! Far flies the light.ExampleExample. But still the love Shall flame above.

with each group being responsible for a certain part of the selection. .ANTIPHON calls for the class to be divided into two or more groups.

ExampleExample. .Antiphonal: Baa. black sheep. Baa. Yes. Baa. sir. Black Sheep I. Have you any wool? II. sir. Three bags full. yes. Baa.

LINE AROUND or CHILDCHILD-A-LINE Is more solo work where each line is taken by a different person in the group. .

ExampleExample. 6th child: Saturday's child works hard for a living . 5th child: Friday's child is loving and giving.Line around: Monday's Child 1st child: Monday's child is fair of face. 2nd child: Tuesday's child is full of grace. 4th child: Thursday's child has far to go. 3rd child: Wednesday's child is full of woe.

CUMULATIVE choral reading or speaking refers to a method where groups of voices or individual voices are added to or subtracted from the choral reading. . depending on the message or the meaning communicated by the selection.

I ate up all my food! . it's true. that's me! YoIt's true.Cumulative: The Grasshopper CHORUS: There once was a grasshopper SOLO SPEAKER 1:Who was in a party mood CHORUS: She sang away the summer days And ate up all her food! GRASSHOPPER: Yo-hoo.ExampleExample.

in fact Had worked throughout the summer heat To store up food out back ANT QUARTET: Did you ever.GRASSHOPPER:I haven t saved a thing to eat And now my tummy aches! CHORUS: Hey grasshopper Gal! Hate to burst your bubble There s a moral to this tale YOU RE headed straight for trouble! BOY'S CHORUS: The ants who lived next door to her Had planned ahead. did you ever Meet a group of ants so clever? CHORUS: Hey grasshopper Gal! Hate to burst your bubble There s a moral to this tale YOU RE headed straight for trouble! .

Choral Speaking Elements .


. and dark voices in the group (using these groups for their natural basic sounds and/or combining them for special effects i. through voice. reactions to thoughts or emotions. medium.VOICE QUALITY / SOUNDSCAPES The ability to combine the light. The ability to communicate. soundscapes).e.

choreography. . or other movement to enhance communication and better express meaning.MOVEMENT Ability to use gesture.

.PITCH Pitch refers to the variations of the voice on the musical scale (high and low voices).

force. A power build should be related to the elements of a sentence and/or growing emotion. or loudness as emphasis in appropriate places to better express feeling and meaning.POWER Ability to use volume. .

The ability to balance the rhythm of a piece and the tempo of performance. . Tempo should relate to the central "beat" of the poem.TEMPO / RHYTHM Tempo refers to the rate of speed at which a reading progresses.

. The little dog laughed to see such fun And the dish ran away with the spoon. The cow jumped over the moon. diddleThe cat and the fiddle.Hey diddle-diddle.

. The original title was 'High Diddle Diddle' but this has been altered to 'Hey Diddle Diddle' over the years with changes to the English language.Shakespeare The term ' Hey diddle diddle' can be found in the works of Shakespeare and was a colloquialism used in much the same vein as "hey nonny no" which can be found in traditional English folk ballads.