Tongue Twisters are a sequence of words or sounds, typically of an alliterative kind, that are difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly, as for example Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
They can be great for helping with singing certain consonants and encouraging your singers to think about diction.
Group tongue twisters is also a great activity for building community and connection among your choir as well as developing singer leadership. Beware – it can be hillarious!
Ask your members to form a circle. The size is up to you but if you have a large choir perhaps groups of 10 could be good. Each person makes up a tongue twister based on the first letter of the name of the person to their right. Eg. “Lovely Lucy likes licking lemon lollipops”. Once everyone has created their twister, ask them to take turns say it for the group and the group as a whole can try saying it back to them. Good for community, creativity, call and response and encouraging singer leaders.
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