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The teacher while he is giving instruction in vocal music, should be careful to avoid singing too much with his pupils. When they sing he should usually listen, and when he sings they should listen; this will enable them to imitate his example, and him the better to observe their faults. His example is of the utmost importance in singing, as in all other things, and good taste or good style can here be com­municated in no other way. When he wishes to correct a fault, let him give an illustration of it, or contrast a bad example with a better one. The bad
example may perhaps be caricatured, to render the contrast stronger, in which case it may safely be left to the pupils to choose which of the two examples they should imitate. It is the duty of the teacher to correct faults from the beginning. In speaking to his pupils he should be careful to distinguish between the tones themselves, the names of the tones, the syllables that are applied to tones, and the notes representing the tones. Also, between singing by syllables, by words, by rote, and by note. We sing by rote when we catch the tone by ear; we sing by
THE MINSTREL BOY.
Lively,
T. Moors.
Arranged by Balfb.
note when we interpret the notes, or sing from the written characters. Taste, style, and appropriate expression, both as relates to tones and words, should always receive careful attention. Never introduce into a children's class, or any other class, low, doggerel verse. Let the words selected be mainly of a cheer­ful character, always such as will interest, and often such as must elevate the tone of the pupil's thought Shut out entirely from the school all that partakes of buffoonery, waggery, and low, vulgar merriment
One Sunday, after the choir at Oberlin College had sung without distinctly pronouncing the words, President Finney, in his prayer, alluded to their work as follows: " O Lord, we have sung an anthem to Thy praise. Thou knowest the words but we do not We do pray Thee that those that lead us may open their mouths, that we may know what they say, that we may join in Thy praise. May they not sing to be heard of men; nor mock Thee, and offend Thy peopla or the house of God, by displaying themselves.'"
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