Overview of Solfege Station
This package contains 3 separate learning activities designed to strengthen student literacy and fluency with the language of solfeggio and the corresponding Curwen hand signs.
The “Ut Queant Laxis” page challenges students to analyze the tune attributed to Guido d’Arezzo from which the diatonic solfege syllables were developed. Students may write in the solfege syllables for the tune (referencing the C Major scale on the page) and compare the starting pitch of each phrase with the original lyrics.
There are two sets of printable tiles for Solfege Hopscotch: one with solfege syllables and one with the Curwen hand signs pictured next to the solfege syllables. Separate sheets of directions are included for both sets of tiles for your learners. Printing the tiles and directions on cardstock and laminating for durability will ensure many future uses of this game. I used packing tape to secure the edges of the tiles to the floor of my classroom.
Directions are also included for the interactive Solfege Composition cards. As with the Solfege Hopscotch materials, printing on cardstock and laminating will ensure durability. In addition to being arranged to create compositions, these manipulatives may also be used to:
• Assess melodic dictation and/or decoding skills
For example, each student is given a set of Solfege Composition cards and asked to spell out the pattern he/she hears the teacher model on solfege or a neutral syllable.
• Develop audiation skills
For example, the teacher may arrange the Solfege Composition cards in a melodic pattern extracted from a familiar tune. Students should “sing the solfege in their heads” or practice their inner hearing in order to ‘Name that Tune.’
• Strengthen sight reading skills
For example, the teacher may display the Solfege Composition cards in a melodic pattern unfamiliar to the students. Students may work independently or collaboratively to correctly perform the pattern.
Feel free to adapt for your own students as needed. I'd love to hear how you use these materials in your classroom! Other materials and lesson ideas can be found on my website, http://classymusicteacher.com.
Note: While I designed and implemented these learning activities for my high school choir students at the beginning of the school year, these materials are easily adapted for elementary through secondary music classes.