I. RESPIRATION


A. Posture
1. Poor: lack of seven postural elements
2. Below average: stands/sits upright with little vitality
3. Average: awareness demonstrated for correct posture
4. Above Average: most postrural elements correct
5. Superior: all postural elements correct


B. Breathing Motion
1. Poor: all seven postural elements correct
2. Below average: correct inhalation but incorrect exhalation
3. Average: correct motion under conscious control
4. Above Average: correct motion with fast, reflexive control
5. Superior: correct motion used habitually in singing


C. Breath Control
1. Poor: 10" -tone sustained
2. Below average: 15" -tone sustained
3. Average: 20" -tone sustained
4. Above Average: 30" -tone sustained
5. Superior: 40" -tone sustained


D. Breath Support
1. Poor: no use of abdominal musculature
2. Below average: some use of abdominal musculature
3. Average: shows tendency to use abdominal musculature consciously
4. Above Average: use of abdominal musculature becoming a habit
5. Superior: habitual use of abdominal musculature



II. RESONANT TONE PRODUCTION


A. Laryngeal Position
1. Poor: moves to a high position in all registers
2. Below average: varies in position as to vocal demands
3. Average: remains down in lower resister but rises in upper
4. Above Average: remains relatively down throughout registers
5. Superior: remains down consistently throughout registers


B. Vibrato
1. Poor: absent-straight tone
2. Below average: some-very uneven
3. Average: present but uneven
4. Above Average: present consistently with slight variation
5. Superior: present consistently with no variation


C. Clarity
1. Poor: lack of clarity in all registers
2. Below average: some clarity in middle register
3. Average: clarity varies over registers
4. Above Average: mostly clear in all registers
5. Superior: very clear in all registers


D. Pitch
1. Poor: accurate matching below 50 percent
2. Below average: accurate matching of at least 50 percent
3. Average: accurate matching of at least 75 percent
4. Above Average: accurate matching of at least 90 percent
5. Superior: accurate matching of at least 99 percent


E. Registers
1. Poor: use of lower adjustment only
2. Below average: strong lower with week upper adjustment
3. Average: use of both adjustments with register break between
4. Above Average: use of both adjustments with no break between
5. Superior: upper, middle, and lower adjustments equally balanced


F. Resonance
1. Poor: indistinguishable quality
2. Below average: some distinguishable quality
3. Average: distinguishable quality
4. Above Average: quality distinguished by fullness and depth
5. Superior: quality distinguished by fullness, depth, uniformity


G. Projection
1. Poor: very weak
2. Below average: weak
3. Average: some projection
4. Above Average: projects well but lacks ring
5. Superior: projects fully with characteristic ring



III. DICTION


A. Flexibility of Articulators (tongue, lips, teeth, jaw)
1. Poor: very rigid muscle interference
2. Below average: much muscle interference
3. Average: some muscle interference
4. Above Average: relaxed production free of tension
5. Superior: agile production with distinct articulation


B. Position of Articulators
1. Poor: grooved tongue, tight jaw, small mouth opening
2. Below average: stiff tongue, tense jaw, small mouth opening
3. Average: relaxed tongue, tense jaw, medium mouth opening
4. Above Average: forward tongue, relaxed jaw, medium mouth oopening
5. Superior: forward tongue, relaxed jaw, wide mouth opening


C. Word Intelligibility
1. Poor: garbled
2. Below average: poor vowel formation, lazy consonants
3. Average: some vowel uniformity, slow consonants
4. Above Average: vowel uniformity, crisper consonants
5. Superior: vowel uniformity, exaggerated and rapid consonants



IV. EXPRESSION


A. Phrasing
1. Poor: unable to sustain minimal phrases
2. Below average: sustains short phrases
3. Average: sustains medium phrases
4. Above Average: sustains long phrases
5. Superior: sustains extended phrases


B. Range
1. Poor: less than one octave
2. Below average: one octave
3. Average: one octave and a fifth
4. Above Average: two octaves
5. Superior: three octaves


C. Dynamic Variation
1. Poor: p-p-p; no < >
2. Below average: p-mp-p; minimal < >
3. Average: p-mp-p; average < >
4. Above Average: pp-f-pp; above average < >
5. Superior: pp-ff-pp; superior control < >


D. Agility and Tempo Variation
1. Poor: unable to sing short melismatic phrase at slow tempo
2. Below average: sings short melismatic phrase at slow tempo
3. Average: short melismatic phrase at medium tempo
4. Above Average: sings medium melismatic phrase at medium tempo
5. Superior: sings long melismatic phrase at fast tempo


E. Meaning and Mood
1. Poor: expressionless
2. Below average: minimal expression
3. Average: some textual contrast evident
4. Above Average: reflects general meaning and mood
5. Superior: reflects accurate meaning and mood

The Complete Vocal Technique Checklist

The COMPLETE Vocal Technique Checklist

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