I have been harping on for a while now about the many benefits of singing for all music students – not just those who are “natural singers”. Vocal warmups and exercises can help to teach concepts that are otherwise too abstract for beginning piano students.
High and low solfa notes can be a stumbling block for some students. Although they seem very simple, if a student thinks of a scale in a linear, do to do way, they could get tripped up here.
Having high and low solfa notes requires an understanding of the scale as a fluid palette of notes that a melody can draw from.
While this might be a sticking point – it’s also a fantastic benefit. Learning this lesson early on gives our piano students a deeper understanding of music theory and the value of scales.
Vocal Warmups for the Piano Studio
Just taking a few minutes at the start of each lesson to sing these simple exercises together is a great investment.
Start with just do-low so. Practice this for several weeks, singing in various rhythms and asking your student to copycat them back to you.
Once she has really grasped do-low so start on do-low la, then do-low ti and so on.
Over time, your student will build up a library of the intervals as part of her internal music vocabulary. Singing and aural tests don’t seem like such a big deal when they’re taught gradually in this way.
High and Low Solfa Flipped Learning Video
In these videos, I teach students high and low solfa notes and how they’re notated.
Feel free to send these videos to parents for their kids to watch, use it in group lessons or as part of lab time.
These videos are designed to be clear and concise so that students can watch them – and then get on with some writing work for reinforcement. Saving you time to do fun activities during the lesson time.
More Flipped Thinking Theory
If you liked this music theory video, you might also like these others:
- Flipped Basic Note Values
- Flipped Beginning Solfa
- Flip and Gameify Landmark Notes
- Flipped Time Signatures
- Flipped Note & Rest Values
- Flipped Dynamics
- Flipped Accidentals, Tones & Semitones
- Flipped Articulation Marks
- Flipped C and G Major Scales
- Flipped Tempo Marks
- Flipped Ledger Line Landmark Notes
- Flipped Intermediate Note Values
- Flipped Note Stem Rules
- Flipped Solfa Scale Singing
- Flipped D & F Major Scales
- Flipped Note Grouping/Beaming
- Flipped Expression Marks
Have I convinced you to start using vocal warmups?
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