Combining Vocal Exploration with Story Telling and Composition

I’m collaborating with my music teacher blog friends at MusicEd Blogs on Facebook to discuss all the different ways we teach melody! Today I wanted to share an easy idea that combines melody composition with story-telling. Many of you are probably familiar with vocal explorations. I love the idea of vocal explorations and how simple yet effective they are. If you aren’t familiar with vocal explorations, here is an example of one you might see… Vocal explorations are typically used for vocal warmups. Students follow a lined path singing different pitches. The visual representation of those pitches is what inspired me […]

Storybook Compositions

This year in the studio my big focus was on composition. Each month I would have my students create a storyline along with a melody that would go with their story. As the months progressed they were adding to their story and their composition. I LOVED putting these two concepts together into one, calling it “Creative Story Compositions.” On the very last month I had them choose a couple of their pages that they felt would go well together and put together a complete composition using an ABA pattern with an optional Coda adding in the bass clef. (If we had more time, I […]

Music Theory – Made Fun!

One of my favorite online resource websites is Ear Training and Improv by Kristin Jensen. Kristin has created the Ultimate Music Theory Worksheet guide. This includes over 25 free printable worksheets that you can download and use with your students. She has even gone the extra mile and included different activities and ideas you can use these worksheets with your student during their lesson. You will find worksheets under Note Identification, Rhythm, Major Scales, Circle of 5th’s, Intervals, Half and Whole Steps, Treble and Bass Clef notes and the Music Alphabet. The worksheets are clever, well thought out and very useful. I […]