Typically in 5th grade I introduce my students to opera music and when I begin to work with them on strengthening their voices. I like them to be aware of their limits with their voices so they don't over-extend their voices especially since for many of them, their voices have not started to change yet.
My students are really fascinated by opera because it is so beyond their scope of experiences. I show them clips of operas but it is hard for them to get past the fact that most of them do not understand what is being sung. So I came up with an idea to have them identify characteristics of each voice type and began to realize that in most opera libretti, the heroine is normally a soprano and the hero a tenor and so on. If my students could identify the main characters by voice type they then were able to dissect what what happening on stage and not be entirely focused on figuring out the words of a song in a language they have never heard (because most of my students are Spanish speaking, they like listening to Italian operas because they pick up on the words that are similar in both languages, but it still distracts them)
This PowerPoint is very simple and gives a very basic overview of the four primary voice types (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). I don't go near baritone, mezzo-soprano, or contratenor; there is too much overlap in the ranges and even my advanced students get confused. I also use audio examples, unfortunately my software will not let me embed the audio examples I use, but there are so many great examples out there.
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