Vocal warm up routines that are fun make it easier to remember singing exercises from week to week, and at home in-between singing lessons.
Vocalises using animal sounds employ a lot of the "primal" sounds beginning singers need to learn how to use.
Of course, it makes beginning singers feel very silly to make sounds like a puppy... or a mosquito... or a gorilla.
It breaks the ice, though, if you the teacher act like it's all fun, and do the warm up along with them. (I do a LOT of singing along with my students - especially the shy beginners.)
The first one I USUALLY introduce to my students is the whimpering puppy dog sound.
That is one that is very easy to imitate, and it has nice flexibility! You may notice, at first, that your student's voice is NOT flexible - their little whimper is not sliding up or down much. Don't worry; that will change! Right now they're feeling SILLY.
That may be the only voice warm-up on this page that we do, Week One... though the Panting Dog is super-easy and not too embarrassing. The point of that one, of course, is to observe the diaphragm moving in and out INSTEAD of the chest, which may be what they have become used to.
The following week they will be READY for the Cat's Meow. See which one of you can get the most cat-like sound. Shape it! Big and round. By now, your student may think it's fun.
The real purpose of these singing exercises is to get children singing sounds and experiencing what may be new sensations in their facial "mask" (especially the nose and cheekbones) and throat. It is RESONANCE that we are after.
Speaking of resonance, the whining mosquito sound is perfect for producing lots of nasal sound - TOO MUCH nasal sound!
I always assure my voice students that I don't really want them to sing this way, but to experiment with sounds and learn how to place the feeling of that sound up around the nose! I tell them that the mosquito sound is supposed to be ugly.
I always tell them, "This is going to make you feel very silly -- but part of becoming a singer is being willing to look silly!"
Eventually, they will get used to singing crazy sounds, especially with you, the teacher, or fellow students, joining in. It will become second nature. And this is an important part of being a musician... placing your sound out in front of others, no matter how imperfect.
What a lovely, generous site! Many thanks from a fellow singer and music teacher in New York State. Loved the inclusion of the video for "The Ash Grove," a song I just recommended to an adult voice student today. I was pleased to be able to send her the link to not only the sheet music, but a charming performance of the song as well.
I was looking for some easy (classical) pieces to play that wouldn't require much prep. I hit the jackpot here with classical and other, Celtic, lovely tunes! Thanks again!
You are awesome. Thank you. I'm a voice and piano teacher and to have so many pieces in one place- for many different levels- is a Godsend. Thank you for the time and effort you have put in to make this so easily available to all of us stressed music teachers!!!
... I watched your video "Wondrous Love" with your eight gals - Magnificent! So refreshing to see good harmonies sung a capella these days; it seems to be rare!
Thanks a lot for building such a nice site where people can easily find and free download sheet music for beginners. I am going to start teaching piano to kids. I was just searching for some basic interesting songs for my pupil. Here, I found a wonderful site where I spent more than 3 hours and downloaded some music. Thanks again for making my day easier.
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