Body-Signing for Sight Singing
Date: September 14, 2013
Many years ago, I attended an ACDA event at Gustavus College in St. Peter, MN. While there, I went to a session on using body signs as an aid in teaching sight singing. This system was not Curwin Hand Signs, but incorporated full body movements that started with Do at the waist and moved up the body. Sol was at the top of the head and high Do was arms straight up.
I have found this video on YouTube but have been unsuccessful in finding anything about who pioneered it, or suggestions for using. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAeGdD9pyK8 My memories have altered the exact hand shapes - I remember La pointing to the ears as a mnemonic for listening carefully - but this video shows the method I have been using.
I realize most use the Curwin hand signs, but I a convinced that this method is far superior in that the relationship between the intervals is automatically represented in my students' bodies, whereas, with the Curwin system, those intervalic relationships are much more arbitrary and must be remembered by the singer. ( I have never had a student have to remember that their ears are above their waist.)
Is anyone else familiar with the method, and are successfully incorporating it with their sight sinnging instruction?