Goooooooooood morning! Happy Wednesday, May 4, 2011. :0)
I’ve been recording some of my classes doing their opening vocal warm ups, so that hopefully I’ll be able to include some recordings in this post. I feel that warm ups are important for several reasons.
1. They signal the students that class has begun.
2. My students warm up from first through fifth grade. The first and second graders use one set of warm ups, third through fifth use a different set, mostly for the sake of variety. When students hear and sing the same thing every class period for years, those who have trouble matching pitch get a bit of reinforcement
3. I specifically ask for pitch matching and head voice. Warm ups are great for working on posture and vocal production. My everyday and always learning targets, written on the board are: Sit up straight. (I often demonstrate what I mean.) Open your mouth. (Have them stick 3 fingers in their mouth to get an idea about how far open it should be.) Match pitch. Use your head voice. Sing loudly enough to be heard.
The first thing we sing in either building, at all grade levels is our school pledge. A few years back all of our district elementary buildings created their own school pledge, as part of a character building/anti bullying curriculum. The kids were expected to eventually have it memorized, so I set each building’s pledge to music.
School A.Pledge 2ab I will show respect to others. I will show respect to our school. I will practice good safety rules. I will practice good learning habits. We all know what’s right. We all know what’s good. We will do the things that we know we should.
School B. Memo I pledge to respect myself, respect others and respect our school. I will give my best effort to learn, to be a friend and to follow school rules.
Intermediate warmup: I am posting each warm up separately, but when we do them we just run them one right into another.
“Mama made me mash my m&ms.” Memo
“Red leather, yellow leather”Memo
“A proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee cup.”Memo
“A proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee cup” chromatic. ” Chromatic scale chromatic scale chromatic scale chromatic scale”Memo
“A proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee cup” minor. “A minor scale a minor scale a minor minor scale.”Memo
We finish up with “Warm Up in Gee” from MusicK-8 magazine, Vol. 11 #1
Primary warmup: Again, I am posting them separately, but we do them as one unit, without stopping in between.
“What shall we do today?”Memo
“Do mi sol mi do.”Memo
Primaries finish out their warm ups with a simplified version of “Warm Up” from MusicK-8 Magazine Vol 4#5.
I think you can hear from the primary recordings to the intermediate recordings that their pitch does indeed improve. Of course, that isn’t solely because of repeated warm up exercises, but I strongly believe that they help a lot.