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New resource I recently came upon

Warming Up with Rounds New resource I recently came upon

Warming Up with Rounds


Series: Resource
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Format: BOOK
Author : Catherine DeLanoy

Choral rounds have been used for recreational singing for hundreds of years and are effective tools for your students to understand harmony, expand their vocal ranges, and experience a choral sound that is easily accessible to them. Music educators can satisfy state and national music standards with a carefully crafted choral curriculum, bringing choir back into the daily classroom schedule. By using rounds as warm-ups, you can teach vocal technique, music theory, application, appreciation, and history, as well as increase your singers’ understanding of scales, intervals, modes, dynamics, and terminology.

Each round in this collection has instructions on the musical focus and implementation of the song. Additional comments from experienced author and music educator Catherine DeLanoy give insight into the historical background or practical tips for a successful performance. Several rounds were intentionally included for adolescent boys with a limited range.

Warming Up with Rounds includes both familiar and rare rounds that are easy and challenging, as well as serious and fun. Music teachers and their students will enjoy discovering the secrets that choral rounds offer and ultimately feel a great sense of accomplishment when they make beautiful, harmonious music together.

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$12.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 35028168

The Color Conducto – Rhythm Activity from the Tuscon Songstress

This activity is intended for children ages 3 and up.  It is best played with 3-5 players.  To begin, have the children draw a picture of an egg.  Each child should color a section of the egg the same color as the egg they are using.  Here is a drawing of the one we used.


For the first round of the game, choose a child to be “it.”  They are the musical conductor.  They will hold the egg drawing, and the other children will sit on the ground in front of them with their shaker egg.  The conductor will point to a color.  The child with the same color egg will create a rhythm for the other egg holders to follow.  The conductor will decide when it is time to change the rhythm by choosing another color. As the rounds go on, the conductor should choose the colors faster.  If a child can not come up with a rhythm, simply have the conductor choose another color.  Make sure each child has a chance to take a turn being the conductor by playing several rounds of the game. This activity will help teach your children rhythm, to follow music cues, beginning reading skills and staying focused.