Effective for middle school and beginning high school chorus
♫ Music Teachers: Save your time and save your voice. Use this worksheet to teach a lesson on final consonants.
Use my “teach it with a worksheet” class completion method. I suggest having your students complete the worksheet together as a class. Call on different students at random to read the questions, then use my "legal blurt out" system. Tell your students if they know the answer, to say it out loud. Then everyone fills in the blank. Then, all students turn in their papers, and everyone gets 100% for completing the worksheet. This makes grading so much easier for you, and makes your students very happy. (If you wish to hold them individually accountable, use this later as a quiz. If you want or need to grade the papers, that's up to you.) What is important is them understanding and executing the concept of pitched final consonants and following your cues at cut-offs.
♫ After the worksheet, relate the concept to a piece of repertoire you are currently working on.
♪ Teaching cut-offs with plosive consonants like “t” and “k” are easy.
♪ Not so with teaching pitched final consonants.
♪ An “s” final consonant should be more like a finger barely tapping a hot iron (“ts”), not like a hissing snake.
♪ Producing pitched final consonants is an advanced concept that requires intricate and repeated teaching.
♪ Have your singers sing them over and over on a repeated tone, then on a changing tone, so that they understand which pitch of the piece goes with their final consonant.
♪ Don’t give up if they don’t get it perfectly the first day. Having your students understand the concept is the first goal. After that, as long as they keep trying, progress is the goal.
♪ Use this worksheet as a springboard to practice cues for cut-offs.
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