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New Quick Choral Warm-Ups!

By Andy Mullen 

Announcements, The Choral Musician

Headline: Six new choral warm-ups have been added to my YouTube channel! 

These warm-ups, all under five minutes, multi-task by focusing on vocal technique and audiation. These warm-ups expand students' tonal and rhythmic listening and performance vocabulary by including tonalities and meters besides just major and duple. 

The Warm-Ups

Please note that these warm-ups also appear in the members-only area of the website without the ads at the end! 

Quick Choral Warm-Up #1


Hum and Stretch in Mixolydian

Descending Onset Exercise, Major

Sip and Hiss, Duple

Lip Trill Slides, Minor

Bitty Bee (Diction Exercise), Major

Stir the Stew, Minor

Quick Choral Warm-Up #2


Hum and Stretch in Dorian

Descending Onset Exercise, Minor

Sip and Hiss, Triple


Lip Trill Slides, Mixolydian

Bitty Bee (Diction Exercise), Minor

Soda (Two Part Exercise), Major

Major Scale

Quick Choral Warm-Up #3


Hum and Stretch in Phrygian

Descending Lip Trills, Minor

Additive Breathing

Slide Whistle Echos

Noo Noo, Too Too (Articulation Exercise), Major

Meandering Solfege

Mushrooms (Two Part Exercise), Minor

Quick Choral Warm-Up #4


Hum and Stretch in Lydian

Descending Lip Trills, Mixolydian

Reverse Additive Breathing


Noo Noo, Too Too (Articulation Exercise), Minor

Betty Bought the Bitter Butter, Major

Bouncy Solfege

Quick Choral Warm-Up #5


Hum and Stretch in Aeolian

Descending Lip Trills, Lydian

Sip and Hiss, Fives

Slide Whistle Echos

Scooby Dooby Doo, Major

Stretchy Solfege

Loo Lee Law, Minor with Dynamic Changes

Hula Hoop, Major

Quick Choral Warm-Up #6


Hum and Stretch in Locrian

Descending Lip Trills, Phrygian

Sip and Hiss, Sevens


Scooby Dooby Doo, Minor

Blah Blah Blah

Messa Di Voce

Additive Solfege

The Choral Musician


About the author, Andy Mullen

Andy Mullen is a teacher, folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, recovering singer-songwriter, and lifelong learner. He has taught all levels of students in a number of subjects, and is currently a middle school general music and choir teacher in Burlington, Massachusetts. Mr Mullen holds Masters degrees in Music Education and School Administration, and serves on the faculty for the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary General Music and Choir. He is the author of "MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du...De," "The Literate Musician" and "Fifty Tunes for Teaching," and the composer of the children's album, "Chucka Chucka Wawa."

  • Question about how to use these warmups: would you do the same one for a week and then move to a different warmup or alternate daily?

    • Hi Julie,

      I usually spend a few class periods on each one in the beginning of the year, since the individual warm-ups themselves need to be taught alongside the relevant vocal and musicianship concepts. That takes me about half of the year. Then I spend the rest of the year rotating through them (as well as others) to keep things fresh.

      Hope this helps!

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