Date: January 13, 2016
I'm a first year middle school choir director. I've been training my students on the behavoirs that contribute best to the rehearsal, including posture. I've houding my studnets each and every day that while sitting, their feet need to be flat on the floor for good singing posture (in addition to the ribcage being lifted, ect). It seems as though I have to remind my students every couple of minutes what this posture should look like, specificially with their feet on the floor. Today, my 7th graders felt the need to argue that thier feet don't have to be on the floor, "I don't use my feet to sing!" As bothersome as this argument is, I can't say I had a solid reason why your feet had to be flat on the floor, I told them that it helps to engage the core. I know 7th graders love to argue whatever they can, but I'd still like a sound reason as to why this posture that I spend so much time correcting is necessary.
What is the science behind this? I've been told my entire existance as a chorister to do this. Other than quick transitioning to standing and uniformity, I can't think of why this aspect of posture is exactly necessary. Granted you don't need perfect posture to sing well once your technique is established, but (of course) my students are not at that stage yet.
What does having your feet flat on the ground promote (or not promote) as a singer?