Warming up to Singing Brought to you by Patti Rodriguez
Students and teachers are often shy about singing. the goal is not to turn students into singers enliven the learning process People also learn to sing by SINGING
Teachers can increase singing accuracy by… Establishing the starting pitch of a song by singing or by playing it Meter & flow of song can be established by counting “1,2, rea-dy sing” for a song in 2 or 4 “1 rea-dy sing” for song in 3
Encourage students to… sing with energyrather than to sing loudly blend with the voices of their classmates
Alleviate concerns about the sound of one’s voice by: Chanting nonsense sounds Over time teachers can progress from chanting, to exaggerating the words into a “heightened speech”, and then to singing.
What is Choral Reading? Finding short poems, literary passages, or famous quotations that require vocal variations in rhythm, pitch, emotion, or dialect Encourages students to use their voices in new ways while adding fluency, confidence, and expression in reading aloud Examples: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” or “The Bells” Use original writing
What’s THE WHOLE POINT in using nonsense sounds or choral reading? Acquaint students with using their voices with: greater expression vocal range skill Gets students ready for the joy of singing with confidence
Musical Notation Brought to you by Patti Rodriguez
Unless students take formal music courses, they rarely learn to read musical notation. Abstract musical symbol system might be an unfamiliar foreign language throughout their lives because of lack of exposure Students can create their own symbol systems to better grasp musical notation
SOME WAYS TO TEACH NOTATION Ask students to listen to a piece of music & devise their own symbols to represent what they hear Number the keys on a scale of a piano from 1 to 8 & help students play song
Introducing the Concept of Musical Notation INDIVIDUAL NOTES ON THE STAFF Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do (solfege) C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
DYNAMICS & CONDUCTING ACTIVITY (just on LA) Cut off (hand gesture) Hold note (hand out) Go louder (hand goes up) Go softer (hand goes down) Blending..Sing Triad Chord
Creating Curriculum Songs Brought to you by Patti Rodriguez
Recorded songs are not available so, CREATE your own songs for your curriculum or content area. Little musical talent is required to begin creating original songs by writing words to a simple, well-known melody.
Song about the water cycle(to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat) Drip, drip, drip from the sky Into a little stream, Down the mountains, through the plains, And out into the sea.
Up, up, up it goes Up into the sky Over the mountains it blows again, Then watch the snowflakes fly.
JUMP-STARTING CREATIVITY WITH MUSIC Brought to you by Patti Rodriguez
When students are asked to write a story or poem, some complain they don’t know where or how to begin Music can serve as a source of inspiration Music can stimulate images and feelings and igniting storylines to pursue
You can ask students to pretend they are film producers and that they are to create a storyline using music only. Show them examples like, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf & Disney’s Fantasia