How many times have you asked your children’s choir to “sing out” or “project your voices” and in return were blasted with yelling? Sometimes children, especially preschoolers have a difficult time understanding how to use their voices.
Children often don’t understand the difference between singing and talking or shouting and singing out. A very wise preschool choir director I once worked with taught me a fun and effective way to help children understand how their voices work. This is an activity I go to anytime I have a choir who is just not “getting it”.
This is an echo game; you do, they do. It is simple, yet very effective!
- Say, “This is my talking voice.”
- Whisper, “This is my whisper voice”
- In a legato sing-song voice, “This is my singing voice.”
- Shout, “This is my outside voice!”
You can do these in any order and as many times as you choose. I like to do it throughout the year to help children remember the different sounds their voices can make. I have personally used this for preschool-2nd grade. You could try it on older children, whether they “need” it or not, they will certainly have fun!