This week’s focus on singing gave me an excellent insight into how to teach singing across the different grades. The voice is the one instrument that we all have and we are all able to sing (NSW DEC, 2011).
During this tutorial, we engaged in improvisation where we were required to create two lines of 4 beats each about something that gave us the blues which is a topic all children can relate to. This task would involve students drawing on their literacy skills and can be extended to include “reading, creating and exploring various forms of poetry to discover the rhythm of the words and structure of a poem” (Ewing & Gibson, 2011, p. 125).
As a primary teacher, it is vital that I encourage all children to participate in singing and combine it with some moves to develop performance skills. Giving children opportunities to “find their voices in the safe comfort of singing with others; and when they learn about the strength of good posture, and how to project and be clear about the words of the songs…their confidence increases” (Wheeler, 2014). This confidence can lead to students working collaboratively in performances which provides them with tangible acknowledgement and encouragement.
Ewing, R. & Gibson, R. (2011). Transforming the Curriculum through the Arts. South Yarra: Palsgrave Macmillan.
NSW DEC (2011). Finding our voices. Retrieved April 11, 2016 from http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/primary/creativearts/assets/music/pdf/singing2ps.pdf
Wheeler, J. (2014). How teachers can help children enjoy singing. Retrieved April 11, 2016 from https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/how-teachers-can-help-children-enjoy-singing