I looked for games they would love and ways to trick them into singing. My first year I really devoted to learning to read rhythms and getting used to singing beautifully without the crutch of CDs or piano. This year we have really taken a dive into melodic concepts starting with mi-re-do and I think thet are surprised by what they are now able to read and analyze!
I think a good starting place is one that lays a foundation for future concepts through games, nurtures the singing voice, and develops a sense of steady beat.
I have also found that m-r-d is a better starting place for older beginners than sol-mi since more of the age appropriate music begins and ends with m-r-d.
I am sure there are other teachers out there with similar situations, whether they are in a new school or just starting to take their levels training, so I compiled some of my kids' favorite songs and activities for those basic concepts. I know I would have really loved to have these resources when I started out!
I have included 6 songs like the following and activities that I have done with my older beginners.
I have also included 26 slides for the song "Mighty Pretty Motion". It can be found in 150 American Folk Songs to sing read and play. My kids really enjoy the game that goes with it.
After we've played the game several times and we are getting close to presenting sol, I show them this:
(They think my hula dancers are funny!)
(repeats 2 more times)
We could look at it on the staff:
back to the staff:
Comment below if you have other great ideas for older beginners! I am always looking for things to do with my 4th and 5th graders until we are "caught up".
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