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Singing warm ups

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Leicester_Vics, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Leicester_Vics

    Leicester_Vics New commenter

    Hoping someone can offer me some advice and ideas. I'm currently
    music coordinator for a medium sized primary school. The majority of our
    children are muslim and we have quite a few reluctant singers!
    Every
    monday afternoon we have half hour singing sessions in our phases (FS,
    KS1, y3/4 and y5/6) I know a lot of the staff don't enjoy this and I
    want to give them some ideas on how to make singing more enjoyable.
    Most
    of the time songs are chosen to try and fit in with the phase's main
    topic if we can find songs to fit with the topics. This seems to work
    well.
    However, I sat in on each phase last week and realised that
    although the learning of the topic songs is fine, the start of the
    sessions could do with some improvement to really engage the kids.
    One
    of my colleagues did a great warm up by getting the y1/2 to sing
    nursery rhymes but used hand signals to make them change volume. I
    thought this could also work with changing tempo or duration of notes
    too.
    However, I'm looking for some interesting warm up
    activities that will get the children engaged. I've had a look on sing
    up and the warm ups on there that I like, I've already used with my
    y5/6s and want something fresh!
    Does anyone have any ideas?
    Looking to give advice to colleagues on each phase so if you have
    examples for particular phases I'd love to hear them. Thanks!

    Oh and if anyone knows of any songs about the rainforest I'd love to know as it's our topic and I've looked in all the books at work and sing up but can't find anything!
     
  2. Leicester_Vics

    Leicester_Vics New commenter

    Hoping someone can offer me some advice and ideas. I'm currently
    music coordinator for a medium sized primary school. The majority of our
    children are muslim and we have quite a few reluctant singers!
    Every
    monday afternoon we have half hour singing sessions in our phases (FS,
    KS1, y3/4 and y5/6) I know a lot of the staff don't enjoy this and I
    want to give them some ideas on how to make singing more enjoyable.
    Most
    of the time songs are chosen to try and fit in with the phase's main
    topic if we can find songs to fit with the topics. This seems to work
    well.
    However, I sat in on each phase last week and realised that
    although the learning of the topic songs is fine, the start of the
    sessions could do with some improvement to really engage the kids.
    One
    of my colleagues did a great warm up by getting the y1/2 to sing
    nursery rhymes but used hand signals to make them change volume. I
    thought this could also work with changing tempo or duration of notes
    too.
    However, I'm looking for some interesting warm up
    activities that will get the children engaged. I've had a look on sing
    up and the warm ups on there that I like, I've already used with my
    y5/6s and want something fresh!
    Does anyone have any ideas?
    Looking to give advice to colleagues on each phase so if you have
    examples for particular phases I'd love to hear them. Thanks!

    Oh and if anyone knows of any songs about the rainforest I'd love to know as it's our topic and I've looked in all the books at work and sing up but can't find anything!
     
  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    I suggest you have a look at the Voiceworks series.
    Available widely, but these two links give you information about the series:
    http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/nav/p/category/music/series/choralseries/vw.do?sortby=bookTitleAscend&thumbby=10&thumbby_crawl=10&page=1
    http://www.musicroom.com/Search/Find.aspx?searchtext=voiceworks
    The Junior and Young Voiceworks books are suitable for the primary age range. The books have warmup exercises and great songs too!
    Have a look at this:
    http://fds.oup.com/www.oup.com/pdf/music/YVW_warmup.pdf

     
  4. I'm not familiar with the Singup resources, teaching in Wales, as I can't sign in to access them. Instead we have Cansing. It does need logging in to access the songs, but the warm ups are freely available for anyone.
    http://www.cansing.org.uk/ymarferion/
    There is a range of video warm ups concentrating on breathing etc as well as a selection of interactive warm ups where the children sing along to moving bars on the screen that help them work on pitch and duration. They are excellent.
     

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