It’s a busy fall semester with four programs planned in the these three months! In preparing and practicing our songs, I record each class’s singing voices so that they can hear how they sound.
I have been introducing my Snowball Microphone to each class, explaining that it has really good listening ears and will record their voice. I tell students that they can talk and sing in a their normal voice and do not need to yell. Students are fascinated with it! We practice saying our names and they understand that even if they whisper, the microphone will capture their sound. Students are in awe.
After recording, we listen to what we sound like. Several students realize how loudly they sing and other students learn how well they blend with the group. We talk about how to improve our sound as a group and to sing better together. Students are very proud of hearing themselves sing and they become more confident in their own voice. It provides them positive feedback on how they sound and how well they know the song. In hearing themselves, it motivates them to do better and it makes them even more eager to perform for parents!
Here are a few clips to enjoy: