After having Thanksgiving Break extended by a day and a half due to inclement weather, the students returned to school late this morning. It has been over ten days since I have seen them and it was time to jump right back into Holiday Concert preparation.
If you use Dr. Feierabend’s First Steps in Music approach, then you know that the first step in his 8-step workout is for the students to perform pitch explorations. Pitch explorations are vocal warmups that help your young students to sing in their head voices. With my young students, these work so well. I continued this year to use them with my older students as they loved them and it helps them to sing in their head voices.
Feierabend Fundamentals Facebook Page
On the Feierabend Fundamentals Page, Persephone Marien posted a picture of her pitch exploration with Elsa creating snowflakes. I loved this idea and realized that this can be done in a few different ways.
I have a book coming out soon that shows how to integrate technology into the Feierabend, Kodály, and Orff Schulwerk approaches. Creating custom manipulatives in various platforms is amongst the many ideas found in the book. In this video, my 8-year-old daughter Sarah and I show how to create simple to complex pitch exploration manipuatives using Google Slides (0:00-6:00), Powerpoint (6:00-7:32), Keynote (7:32-10:30), and SMART Notebook (10:30-end). I hope that it helps you!
Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com