New K-8 Teacher, previous teacher didn't sing...
Date: February 19, 2014
I have been CRAZY BUSY as you might guess with this first year teaching K-8 Music at a public Charter School in the little town I grew up in. The year has been going great! We had a very successful Winter concert for K-2, and now I am preparing the 3-5 for their April 10th Concert. We will be singing a collection of pieces called: “Creepy Creatures” A Stupendous Songbook or Preposterous Program for Unison Voices… About Animals Who Make Us Squirm! By Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse. Recording Orchestrated by Tim Hayden. I bought it from Hal Lenard music company and am really looking forward to it!.)
I have been searching HIGH and LOW for anything that can help me with my biggest problem at this school. These children, K-8 have had nearly NO singing experience. I know it sounds preposterous, but it is true. Whenever I have attempted to even bring up singing something, aside from a few, the kids are SOOOO uncomfortable with it and don’t know where to start. They act as though the voices within them are a strange concept that they don’t understand. As I look at national/state standards and see that by 7’th and 8th grade they should be singing two part and three part harmony, I smack my forehead and wonder… yikes… how? Do you know of some materials I could purchase that would be a great help in guiding them through what Harmony is in a “fun” way or could you share with me other ideas you might have? Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your time. (Something with accompaniment would be ideal)