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Vocal Technique- 3rd Grade Music Lesson Lakeview Elementary School- Miss Strazzinski National Standards for Music

Education: 1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 8. Evaluating music and music performances. Day 1- 45 Minutes Daily Opening Activities (10-15 minutes) Warm Up Song (sing through together): Its a Small World (Music Express August/September 2012) Performer of the Week performs for the class. Choose a new performer for next week. Calypso Birthday Song- sing for students with birthdays this week. Vocal Technique Introduction Teacher explains that students will be learning to use their voices as instruments in order to perform their best in our programs, sing their best in music class, and know how to use their voices for auditions for Lakeview Chorus, plays, and talent shows. The human voice as an instrument: (7 minutes) o Show diagram from http://old.bpsd.org/ims/Tech_Ed/8th%20Grade/Webpages_1011/4th9weeks/PD8/guardinokoch.tunde/instruments.htm; explain vocal anatomy o Watch 3 videos. Pitch Vocal Cords video from Quaver TV at www.quavermusic.com Vocals video from Quaver TV at www.quavermusic.com http://youtu.be/o1abZZxePE8 about Adeles throat problem requiring surgery Stretching- Students stand and mirror the teacher. Teacher models a full-body yawn, lengthening exercises, and facial stretches. (3 minutes) Breathing- Teacher models the following exercises and students repeat: silent full-body yawn, breathing lying down, and breathing in through a straw with arms crossed at shoulders and exhaling in a variety of ways (ha, no, slowly) (10 minutes) Vocal Warm-Ups- Teacher leads the students through warm-ups with good posture: (5 minutes) o Echo patterns on the slide whistle o 1-3-5-3-1 on ho, hand on belly to check breathing. Encourage projection. o 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 on la, focusing on mouth opening vertically Volunteer Solos- Teacher asks for volunteers to stand in front of the class and sing warm-up #2 or #3 alone. Volunteers will be observed for posture, breathing, projection, and mouth formation. Teacher will give positive feedback and constructive criticism to volunteers .

Day 2- 45 Minutes Daily Opening Activities (10-15 minutes) Warm Up Song (sing through together): Its a Small World (Music Express August/September 2012) Performer of the Week performs for the class. Choose a new performer for next week. Calypso Birthday Song- sing for students with birthdays this week.

Vocal Technique Review (8 minutes) Ask students what they remember about vocal technique from last weeks lesson. Give all students time to think of an answer, then let three students each share one answer. Show three videos; while watching, students will write down their first observation about the singers vocal technique and then rate the singer on a scale of 1-5. http://youtu.be/-6hodmW0ttk (8 year old singing I Turn to You) http://youtu.be/YnrUEwxq7WU (Little boy singing blues) http://youtu.be/CwFWWCRvftw (9-year old singing I Could Have Danced All Night) Mock Lakeview Chorus Auditions Teacher leads the class through a quick warm-up: one lengthening stretch, one breath exercise, and the vocal warm-ups from Day 1. (5 minutes) Teacher will call four students at a time to the piano in the back of the room to audition. (15 minutes) Each student will sing warm-ups #2 and #3 starting on Eb. Students in the small group must listen to each other and be prepared to give each other positive feedback later in the lesson. Teacher will make note of a score for each student1 point each for projection, breath control, posture, pitch matching, and mouth formation. Meanwhile, other students o Expand on their responses to the videos o Write one positive remark about each of their group members auditions.

Day 3- 45 Minutes Daily Opening Activities (10-15 minutes) Warm Up Song (sing through together): Its a Small World (Music Express August/September 2012) Performer of the Week performs for the class. Choose a new performer for next week. Calypso Birthday Song- sing for students with birthdays this week. Vocal Technique Wrap-Up (30 minutes) Return students graded observation sheets from last weeks lesson with comments about their auditions. Discuss students observations about the singers in the videos. Web of Kindness: Class stands in a circle. A ball of yarn is passed around/across the circle; whoever passes the yarn says one positive comment about the singing of the pe rson to whom they are passing the yarn. Every student holds on to a piece of the yarn as it is passed so that the end result is a web with everyone holding on to a piece of the yarn.