FULL VOICE ® A MUSIC CURRICULUM FOR THE VOCAL STUDENTS by Nikki Loney and Mim Adams
Recommended for grades 1-2/ Ages 6-8
This level was specifically developed for young students ages 6-8 who are brand new to music lessons. Concepts are introduced slowly with plenty of reviews. There are many different types of activities that encourage young students to build their confidence. This level is used in Introductory small group vocal classes or private lessons!
Recommended for Ages 8 and up
For students who have completed the Introductory Level; for students age 8 and up who have introductory music experience (private, classroom, or choral); for older/adult students who are new to music lessons. Level One reviews introductory musical concepts and introduces elementary-level music theory.
For dedicated students who have completed Level One; for students with previous music experience who are confident counting eighth notes and sight singing in C Major. Level Two continues to encourage confident, independent singing skills. This level reviews musical concepts introduced in Level One and introduces sight singing in F and G major.
For hard working singers who have completed Level Two or for students with previous music experience who are confident counting dotted quarter notes, singing and identifying intervals, and sight singing in F and G Major. Level Three introduces sight singing in D Major.
The warm-up part of the lessons is much more than standing and singing. Yes, we want to warm up the voice with technical exercises, but we can do so much more with our students. A warm-up that includes multi-sensory activities (singing, moving, listening, writing) will make the beginning of each lesson musically productive!
Voice, Mind, and Body
Singing exercises are just one part of the warm-up. A great warm-up also engages the mind and body. Students can discover theoretical concepts, (Are you singing an arpeggio or scale?) answer questions, (How many notes in a scale?) and can explore movement by clapping, tapping and moving to rhythmic challenges. With a comprehensive and full body warm-up your students will be more than ready for their repertoire study.
Sight Singing Is Super Fun!
Tonic sol-fa is a method that allows singers to sing unaccompanied and quickly build their confidence.
Superhero singers can learn the note values and practice simple rhythms by clapping and counting aloud.
Notes on the Staff
Just like piano students, our super singers need to be able to read notes on the music staff. This resource includes mini note flashcards to make learning notes fun. Writing activities help too!
Young singers can use scales, triads and arpeggios to hear and sing simple intervals. They don’t know it yet - but they have supersonic listening skills already!
Putting in all together
Once future superheros have developed strong music skills, simple two bar sight singing drills can help to put all the skills together.
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