Vocal Warm Up Routine
Animal Sounds for Beginning Singers

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.)

Animal whimpers, meows, whines, and hoots - vocal warm up routine sheet music to encourage resonance for singers



Here are what the "Animal Sound" warm-ups look like (scroll down the page for the download link):

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.

Fun vocal warm-ups for your singing students, FREE!  Animal sounds sheet music helps them get the right sounds.

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

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.



The link for the vocal warm-up sheet:


Download Free vocal sheet music Animal Sounds vocal warm up routine 



Find All the Vocal Warm-Ups: 

Animal Sounds Warm-Ups - from a whining puppy & meowing cat, to a hooting gorilla or buzzing mosquito, these warm-ups will encourage students' exploration of sounds in their head & throat.


Morning Vocal Warm-Ups - these gentle humming exercises should be memorized by your new students.  I use them everyday myself.


Resonance - Vocalises for beginners that will help them understand how to make a resonant sound that can carry beyond the first row (without a mic!).


Singing Through the break - vocal warm-up exercises that help your students climbing and ascending through their vocal rough spots, "the break."  I have seen great increase in awareness and facility in my students when they learn to do these & similar exercises, and then apply them in their songs.


Tonality - one rarely-addressed issue in early singing: vocal technique for hearing and finding a new key.  More important as singers begin to enter high school and wish to join elite singing groups.









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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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