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Singing in a choir is good training for musicians explains Mahidol University's choir director

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You are the musical instrument when you sing. This means that learning to sing and joining a choir provides a good foundation for mastering musical instruments. 

The famous Mahidol University choir will be performing French choral music on September 28 and 29. Read the whole article here, a short extract in which Mahidol University choir director Henri Pompidor explains the benefitis of joining a choir follows.

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A choired taste by Ezra

...Singing, according to Pompidor, is not a part of music study but the base. "Even for those studying a string instrument," he says in his strong French accent, "the voice is the main way for learning music, not a small part, and your education is not complete without training in a choir." For one, there is no instrument between the conductor and you, he explains; you are the instrument. "You are, with your body, with your voice, by yourself, creating music." Without having to worry about the instrument, the musician can feel the music and sing the musical phrase and understand it better. It is also helpful for the ensemble aspect. Since there is only one instrument in a choir - the voice - you don't have to learn to fit in with different instruments. It is thus a good way to learn from the techniques of other students and to improve sight reading. It can introduce difficult music to people who aren't good at music. "In only one or two months, you can learn something complete," Pompidor points out. And after only two years of music school, those in a choir can give a high-quality performance. For so many reasons, a choral foundation can only help instrumental musicians with their musical education. Pieces can be stripped bare to take the musician back to basics or embellished to produce complicated and challenging pieces that extend students' potential...

choir (noun) - a group of singers who sing together, also kind of "musical ensemble" (See photo on right above and Wikipedia)
choral (adjective)
a choired taste - a play on words using the phrase "an acquired taste"
an acquired taste - growing to like something but only after experiencing it for a long time (See Wikipedia)
play on words - the clever and funny of a word or phrase so that it has two meanings (See Wikipedia)
base - a strong place from where an activity can be started ฐาน
instrument - musical instrument, a device for creating music เครื่องดนตรี  (See Wikipedia)
string instrument - a musical instrument that has strings that are used to make music, includes violin, cello, bass and guitar (See Wikipedia)
accent - speaking in way that shows where you are from or what part of society you belong to การเน้นเสียง
conductor - person who directs musical performances, using hands and bodily (See Wikipedia)
musical phrase - a series of musical notes in a piece of music
musical notes - a sign used in written music to represent the duration and pitch of a sound (See Wikipedia)
training - to teach people how to do an activity or job การฝึกฝน
ensemble - musical ensemble, a group of musicians who sing or play music with an instrument (See Wikipedia)
aspect - one part of a situation, problem, subject, etc ด้าน,มุม
fit in - be part of something (group, plan, situation) and work together well with (cooperate in harmony)
techniques - methods of doing a task or activity เทคนิค
improve - to make better ทำให้ดีขึ้น
sight reading - "the reading and performing of a piece of written music, specifically when the performer has not seen it before" (See Wikipedia)
perform
(verb) - do something in front of an audience to entertain them (examples: sing, act, dance)
performance (noun) - act of performing music, dance or play in front of an audience
audience - a group of people gathered at a place to watch or listen to a speech, music, a film, play or other performance ผู้ชม
foundation - supporting structure (he gives several examples), strong base to build a building or system on top of รากฐาน
pieces - musical pieces, pieces of music that people sing or play on an instrument
stripped bare -
everything removed from something from something (examples: person takes all their clothes off, furniture stripped bare of paint, etc)
back to basics
- meaning: returning to learning the most basic things first (instead of learning complicated, advanced things)
embellished -
to add more details, to decorate and make beautiful
complicated - has so many parts connected in different ways that it is difficult to understand (for example, a complicated machine or a city with a complicated system of streets) ที่ซับซ้อน
challenging - difficult, in a way that tests your ability or determination ที่ท้าทายความสามารถ
extend - to include something more ยืดออกไป ขยายออกไป
potential - what could be achieved, what is possible, the possibility of success ที่มีศักยภาพ ที่เป็นไปได้

(Source: Bangkok Post, Outlook Section, A choired taste, 15/09/2010, Ezra, link

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