Category Archives for Singing

Movable “Do” vs Fixed “Do”

(and why I like Movable “Do” better)  Before I dig into the debate of “Movable” vs “Fixed” solfege, let’s address the elephant in the room. Um, what is solfege? “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do”.  They are names given to the notes in the scale.  In many countries, these are the names of […]

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Christmas Update

Merry Christmas everyone!  It seems that my last post was made October 15th.  Well, I’m still here, and I’ve been busy working on two large projects, both of which will be ready for release soon.  One will be a surprise, the other is that I have been recording “Mother Play” with a good friend of […]

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Singing Solfege lesson one

Here is an introductory video to singing solfege with the Curwen hand signs.  This video outlines So, Mi, and La.  Why do I start with these notes?  Why not start with ‘Do’?  Well, these three notes are the easiest notes for children to sing.  Think of “Ring around the Rosies”, or the taunting melody sung […]

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Children’s Opera, Part V, Rehearsal and Performance

Click here for part I Click here for part IV And now we reach our final chapter in which the children rehearse and otherwise prepare for the glorious occasion of performing their masterpiece for friends and family.  In this final stage, remember that it is still the children’s work, so trust them. Costumes With the […]

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Children’s Opera, Part IV, Composing the Accompaniment

Click here for part I Click here for part II Click here for part III Note:  This portion of the series assumes that you have some basic piano and composition skills.  If not, you may want to hire or otherwise enlist the help of a pianist or composer. At first the prospect of composing an […]

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Children’s Opera, Part III, The Vocal Score

Click here for part I Click here for part II This is the rehearsal that the children have been waiting for!  Today they will compose the melody for the opera.   Materials for the teacher Script from last week A voice recorder (highly critical!) A notepad and paper for changes Step one:  Review and revise […]

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Children’s Opera, Part II, The Libretto

Click here for Part I For this rehearsal, you will need a tape recorder, or modern counterpart.  Lacking one, I actually used a video camera.  You will also need a notepad and writing utensil.  It is important to take notes during the script-writing process because you will need a tangible reference for what you have […]

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Children’s Opera, Part I, The Planning Stage

Introduction The budding composer approaches the task with flair and excitement.  His imagination sparkles with anticipation.  With his comrades at his side, they know that today they will compose their first work of art.  Today they compose a masterpiece.  The young maestro is five years old, and you are the concert master. You don’t believe […]

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Musical Stairs

This is a simple project that can spruce up the menial task of walking up and down the stairs.  Turn your stair-case into a singing scale!  The idea for this scale came from the piano stairs in Sweden, as seen in the video at the bottom of this page.  Creating a stair-case like that in […]

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