In tune singing- it is a vital part of Kodály music and a goal for most music teachers for their students. Although it is a goal, it is not always easy to achieve. You have to work at it, even to help students to feel comfortable singing in front of others and exposing their voice, which feels very personal. I will give you some tips on how I help students feel comfortable and help them find their in tune voice.
Helping students feel comfortable singing
Have some fun puppets available
Exploring vocal play through stories
Assessing vocal play
Be careful of the language you use
I am extremely sensitive to how I talk about in tune singing. I don’t want to cause a child to grow up and be that adult who says he can’t sing because a teacher told him that. If you wanted to give a grade on a report card, you could use terms such as improving on in tune singing or participates. If a student doesn’t sing in tune, I don’t make a big fuss. I just move on and work on it again next time. When he does finally sing in tune, I do make a big fuss and the whole class claps.
These are some ways I use to help my students find their in tune voice. I hope you can use some of these ways to help your students. I will write more posts on in tune singing with more ideas later. I would love to hear your ideas too!
Read about matching sol mi in kindergarten through a book in this blog post.