The singing selections that we listened to were not what the students were used to hearing and we talked about how we had to listen with mature ears. Our first selection came from the European country, Bulgaria. One quality of Bulgarian vocal music is harmony created by singing notes very close together, producing a special ringing sound. The students used the words high, full, complex, and straight to describe the timbre. Click the link below to watch a video of the singing.
Tuvian Throat singing is a style of singing that has been in existence for thousands of years. Men from Tuva will sing in a choomej technique that originated in Mongolia. They will change the inside shape of their mouths to make the higher and lower pitches sounds. Students thought this style was by far the most different sounding singing technique. They described the timbre as, high pitch, rough, loud, and unique. Watch the video below to listen and see this throat singing technique.
We listened to several other styles such as Native American Powwow singing, opera singing, and traditional choral music. The kids really enjoyed listening to all the different timbres of the world.