At the beginning of every class, we go through a series of warm up songs and routines. One of my favourite poems is called, "This is My Speaking Voice". It is an excellent opportunity for students to learn the difference between singing and spoken voices.
"This is my Speaking Voice" (from Music Play by Themes and Variations)
This is my speaking voice.
I use it every day.
This is my whisper voice.
It's quieter this way
This week, students are experimenting with singing a response to a song. This can be nerve-wracking (singing alone in front of the entire class!), so to make it less frightening, I always sing along with the student. Some children ask to do it alone, and then eventually the other students want to try it by themselves as well! These experiences are helpful to develop a child's singing voice and musical ear.
Next week, students will be introduced to "Melody the Elephant". I can't wait!
I can use my singing voice!
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School