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Little Kids Having Fun with "High & Low" in Music Class!

FUN WITH HIGH & LOW IN MUSIC CLASS




2015 IS HERE AND I HOPE YOUR NEW YEAR IS GOING WELL! 
I am adding some new music classes to my weekly schedule. That is probably a good way to start the new year.


STRETCHING OUR SINGING VOICE RANGE:

I know that "High & Low" are very basic concepts in music, however, expanding the range of the singing voice can be a challenge and young children seem to enjoy practicing and practicing. 
ANATOMY OF A LESSON:
After our beginning warm-ups of our hand/shoulder and face muscles, we'll continue with a vocal warm up and the children really love all the funny sounds we end up making. 
I love Susan Anders cd, "The Just Songs Vocal Warm Up for Kids". Here's her website with lots of good stuff and a helpful newsletter too:
http://www.susananders.com

In music class we always have a fun movement activity and this one from Tamara O'Brien ("We're Orff") is one of my favorites and a favorite of the children, as well. I always emphasize the high and low by moving my body up high and down low --- dramatically! You can get any of her products at the iPad/eBook store with iTunes. This one is "Fiddle Diddle Dee": 




And, of course we'll be doing some focused listening as well as the High/Low game  (Lift arms when its a high sound, lower arms when its a low sound...you get the picture)
There's a fun balloon activity that I learned many years ago and still love it. I'll be explaining it in an upcoming post...  It does have a little follow-up activity for a shelf work in the classroom:

Can't think of music class without including musical instruments to play, and tambourines work well for exploring "high" and "low". You can jingle it high in the air to make a higher sound, and then play on the floor like a drum to make a lower sound. 
For many more preschool music ideas check out my new website and go to the various social media icons (Pinterest, especially) at the bottom of any page!
Here's my website:
http://www.magicalmovementcompany.com


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