Category Archives: vocal

Music Match

This is a great idea for a game of memory in your classroom! Here is a link to the blogger who has this idea: http://tanyaelementarymusic.blogspot.com/.  It’s a great blog!

GREAT IDEA! match the solfege to the staff!

I think my students will love this game!

Animal Sound Warm-Ups

Are you looking for good warm-ups for your choral students? This time of year can be challenging as students are excited for the holidays and yet still need to focus on getting ready for concerts and performances (or even just focusing in class).

I found these warm-ups and thought I’d share:

Animal sound vocal warm ups

You can see the website cited at the bottom of the image.

I also love to use this book for choral warm-ups and for my regular music class:

You can find it at Amazon and it’s prime! 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Choral-Warm-Up-Collection-Sally-Albrecht/dp/0739030523/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

What are your favorite vocal warm-ups for students? Do you have a go-to resource? Please share!

Practice Makes Perfect!

Head over to http://basicprimarymusic.blogspot.com/search/label/Program%20Perfect  and see some fun ways to practice!

Polish a specific song for the program or fun ways to sing song of the month

I think this is perfect when you’re getting ready for holiday concerts!

Helping Students Find their Singing Voice

I came across a great idea while attending a workshop with John Feierabend. He was talking about how he uses a slide whistle to help his students find their head voice.  I have had a few children in the past that couldn’t seem to find that head voice no matter what I did. Then I brought out the slide whistle. After 2 weeks of practice, every student was using that voice.

Here’s what I did (second grade):

  • I played the slide whistle in a couple of different ways for the students.
  • I asked the students if they could make their voices sound like the slide whistle.
  • Many students would whistle instead of do a vocal siren. When they did that, I told them to match what I was doing with their voice instead of with their lips and air. Worked like a charm.
  • After that, many students were asking to play the slide whistle. I didn’t want to let them do that (for obvious reasons) so instead I allowed them to pull the handle as I blew (gently, of course).
  • The students had a great time and a few asked their parents to buy them slide whistles!

This is the one I purchased:

American Slide Whistle

http://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-Chimes-ASW-American-Whistle/dp/B00000IS23/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350054397&sr=8-2&keywords=slide+whistle

Have you used a slide whistle to get your students to explore head voice? Do you have any other tricks for getting students to sing up there? Please share in the comments! I know we’re always looking for more tricks! 

Assessment with a Line-up Song!

If you head over to http://musicwithmrsdennis.blogspot.com/2012/06/assessing-music-with-line-up-song.html you can see this great Line-up song!

Line-Up Song

Mrs. Dennis (the author of the blog) teaches you how to use this song in your classroom to assess tempo, dynamics, melody, harmony, timbre, and rhythm!

Do you have a song like this? Have you used other line-up songs to assess musical skills?

Building Roller Coasters

At the last workshop, I shared some cards that students could follow with their voices to work on head voice.  I then recommended that teachers could chain together the cards to create their own roller coasters.  Many of you asked for the lesson and the link so I’m posting it for you today!

https://southfloridaorff.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/roller-coaster/#

I hope you enjoy!

‘Round in a Circle

Here is a big “Thank You” to our secretary, Barbara, for sharing this name game with us.  She shared this at our last workshop. 

‘Round in a Circle – Share the Music K  (Chant)

Let’s go ‘round in a circle,

Let’s go ‘round in a game,

When I get to you,

Please say your name.

My name is _______. (each student)  Her/His name is _________. (Group)  After 4 names resay the chant.

Extension 1.  Singing on l, s, m

Let’s go ‘round in a circle, (s, s, m, l, l, s, m)  or any other melody you want.

Let’s go ‘round in a game,

When I get to you,

Please SING your name.

My name is _______. (each student)  (s, m, l, s, m)

Extension 1.  Jazz Singing – Encourage improvisation on their names… use minor thirds or chords or blues scale.

 

Extension 2.  Classical Singing

For ex.  “A la Hadyn”

Let’s go ‘round in a circle, now (d, d, m, m, s, s, m)

Let’s go ‘round in a game, (f, f, r, r, t, t, s)

When I get to you, (d, d, m, m, s, m)

Please say your name. (d1, f*, f*, s)

My name is _______. (each student)  (d, m, m, s, m)

Her/His name is _________. (Group)  (f, r, r, t, t, s)

“A la Mozart” or “A la Beethoven” have students choose their favorite song and create one together

 

5th Symphony:  SING ME YOUR NAME, SING ME YOUR NAME.  My name is _____. (3 students say names)