The Intelligent Choir (TIC)

TIC is a comprehensive methodology conceived by Jim Daus Hjernøe, professor at The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. TIC refers to his philosophy of educating conductors of vocal music to allow and inspire ensemble singers to be co-responsible for the musical process. The basic principle of his ideology is to empower singers to produce the intended music in the most efficient manner. TIC is the opposite of an “un-reflected” choir which relies on the conductor to receive information regarding the music to be sung. The goal is to create a group of singers that is able to influence the musical process without exaggerated direction from the conductor.

It can be liberating to be in a musical situation in which you are encouraged to improvise so that you can experience the joy of creating music. This kind of music is created as an alternative but also a supplement to composed music. The TIC methodology can be used in every choir, every genre and on every level.

The method is divided into three pedagogical areas:

  1. Develop your skills within the five musical focus areas (intonation & pitch, rhythm & groove, sound & blend, interpretation & expression and performance).
  2. Implement the tool “Operating System - Vocal Painting” (VOPA).
  3. Expand the singer’s comfort zone in improvisation (liberation of voice, body and spirit).

To achieve synergy from all three areas it is necessary to create a good environment in the choir. The individual singer should be trained to stand in front of the other singers as an independent musical individual. This is developed by team building, musical icebreakers and a basic training of the skills with focus on the musical elements as stated above. 


Page last updated 29th of June 2017

Prof. Jim Daus Hjernøe