This resource includes three original songs (two in major and one in minor), a snowflake printout, directions for the activity, and rubrics should you use this activity as an informal assessment. In this activity students participate in an improvised singing conversation with the teacher. Like snowflakes, each response should be different - students are encourage not to imitate!
Giving students an opportunity to improvise is so important in their musical development. So many times we focus on imitation but it is through improvisation and creation that they put their musical skills together to synthesize what they know. My students love creating their own responses, whether they are just two notes or a miniature melody. Students are eager to get their turn with the snowflake and "make something up" especially when presented as a challenge! (Don't get tricked! Whatever you do, don't sing exactly what I sing!)
I've seen so much growth in my students by introducing more activities with improvisation. Not just growth in their singing voice, but also in how they hear and understand music. Get them started with activities like this in kindergarten and follow through to later grades introducing solfege and harmonic function. Have fun!
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